— By GREG WEBB
ARLINGTON — In a meeting where both teams were thirsting for a District 3-5A win on Friday at UTA’s Maverick Stadium, the Arlington High Colts slaked its record with a 65-0 mauling of the Weatherford Kangaroos.
In a season where the Roos have shown glimpses of proficiency on one side of the ball or the other, regardless of the opponent or the results, successes were hard to come by in a district tilt completely dominated by Arlington.
Arlington running back Raymond Sheard was the primary nemesis for the Roo defense on this night. The junior rushed for 180 yards on 19 carries, almost all of the damage inflicted in the first half that saw the Colts take a 41-0 lead into the locker room.
Arlington quarterback Michael Gray doled out lumps as well, rushing for another 78 yards and throwing for 169 yards with 75 percent efficiency.
The WHS run game never made it out of the starting blocks in the contest, netting just 21 yards in 25 attempts.
The passing attack met with more success, with quarterbacks Grant Werts and Bryce Burks combining for 115 yards, tempered by three interceptions, with two of those resulting in Colt pick-sixes.
The brightest moment for Roo fans came on a kickoff return by Weatherford’s Jeuqwan Brownlee, who brought the ball out of the end zone and found a crease up the right side. With only the Arlington kicker between Brownlee and avoiding a Roo shutout, a desperate lunge put the kicker’s hand on the speedy back’s foot. The contact was enough to bring Brownlee down after a 77-yard runback, and the Roos stalled on the ensuing drive.
On Saturday at Farrington Field in Fort Worth, the Roos will again meet a district foe looking for its first league win as they face Fort Worth Paschal. The game is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff.