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Hurst L.D. Bell throws ball all over field in rout of Irving
BEDFORD — Colson Romano anticipated his throwing arm would get a workout, and he was right.
After just one quarter in Hurst L.D. Bell’s 37-0 victory over Irving at Pennington Field, the Bell quarterback had already thrown 20 passes. The 6-1, 200-pound senior finished 20 of 30 for 264 yards and a touchdown.
“We knew by watching film of the way Irving plays its safeties that we’d be slinging the ball a lot,” Romano said. “Our receivers were running their routes perfectly. I thought we played pretty well.”
With the victory, Bell (4-1, 2-0 in District 6-5A) gained a share of the early 6-5A lead with rival Euless Trinity (3-2, 2-0).
Romano made his best throw, a 44-yard touchdown strike to a speeding T.J. Hardy, in the final minutes of the first half. It stretched Bell’s halftime lead to 31-0. Bell scored on five of its six possessions in the first half.
“We came into the game with the idea of taking our shots downfield,” Romano said.
Irving (3-2, 1-1) failed to reach Bell territory until a 17-yard run by Antonio Franklin in the game’s final five minutes. Irving got as close as the Bell 13 before turning the ball over on downs.
Franklin led Irving with 75 yards on 16 carries.
Bell’s defense, led by junior end David Dorsett, limited Irving to 23 yards and two first downs in the first half and 84 yards for the game. The shutout is the second recorded by the Bell defense this season.
Running back Fua Sapoi punched in a pair of 1-yard scoring runs. His fumble after a pass reception was recovered by teammate Jonathan Arosemena for the first Bell touchdown.
Daniel Dorsett accounted for the only points of the second half, capping a 50-yard drive with a 3-yard scoring run in the final minute of the third quarter.