High School: Fort Worth Paschal

Arl. Bowie tops FW Paschal to earn playoff spot

February, 10, 2012
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FORT WORTH -- Needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, Arlington Bowie displayed suffocating defense against Fort Worth Paschal en route to a 50-32 win at Paschal on Friday night.

Jeremy Senglin led the Volunteers with 14 points. After Paschal knocked off Bowie by one point on Jan. 17, Senglin said he knew this was going to be a revenge game.

"It just gives us confidence to win, especially to win by a big margin," Senglin said.

Paschal (12-15, 6-7 in 4-5A) only had seven players available for the game, something Arlington Bowie (14-18, 8-5) head coach Allen Gratts used to his advantage.

"We wanted to try to play up-tempo and keep our kids fresh so we can make them work," Gratts said. "I don't have any great players, but I don't really have any bad players either. We can play more kids than most people."

Despite Paschal sharpshooter Ryan Fees' 17 points, Gratts said his team did a good job slowing him down.

"Our game plan was to basically cover [Fees]," Gratts said. "We didn't want to cover any of their shooters except him on the perimeter and focus on [Scott Smith] on the block."

Smith scored Paschal's first two points, but the forward never scored again.

Paschal trailed by as little as nine in the third quarter, but Bowie responded with a 12-1 run and never looked back.

Arlington Bowie finishes off the season at home against last-place Arlington. The Volunteers can clinch the No. 3 spot in District 4-5A with a win next week.

Four 5A districts in area undergo little change

February, 2, 2012
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- The makeup changed very little or not at all in four of the area’s nine Class 5A districts at Thursday's UIL reclassification and realignment.

*The current District 4-5A (five Arlington schools, Fort Worth Paschal, North Crowley and Weatherford) remained intact but, because of district consolidation in West Texas, changed its number to 3-5A.

That’s an agreeable change, said Anthony Criss, football coach at Arlington Sam Houston and former Arlington ISD assistant athletic director.

“It’s great for Arlington because it means we stay in the area for first-round playoff games instead of going to West Texas,’’ Criss said. “We’d still go west once, but not until the second round.''

*The current District 5-5A retained seven of its eight members in the new District 7-5A: Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, South Grand Prairie, Mansfield and Mansfield Timberview. The only change is Mansfield Legacy drops down to Class 4A and powerhouse DeSoto takes its place.

“A tough district just got tougher,’’ said Grand Prairie coach Gary Bartel.

*In District 9-5A, Dallas Samuell dropped to Class 4A and was replaced by Richardson Pearce, which is moving back up to 5A. The other seven members are unchanged: Dallas Jesuit, Dallas Skyline, Dallas Sunset, Dallas W.T. White, Richardson, Richardson Berkner and Lake Highlands.

“I wasn’t sure Jesuit would stay in,’’ said Skyline coach Reginald Samples. “In fact, we had agreed to play them in a nondistrict game if they weren’t in our district.’’

*The seven Garland ISD schools that made up 10-5A in the last realignment are now without McKinney Boyd as they go forward as District 11-5A with this lineup: Garland, Garland Lakeview, Garland Naaman Forest, North Garland, Rowlett, Sachse and South Garland.

District 4-5A football season preview

August, 15, 2011
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DISTRICT 4-5A
  • Arlington (7-4, 5-2), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Scott Peach.
  • Arlington Bowie (7-4, 6-1), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Kenny Perry.
  • Arlington Lamar (5-6, 4-3), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Trent Fuller.
  • Arlington Martin (10-3, 7-0), lost in DI regional semifinal. Coach: Bob Wager.
  • Arlington Sam Houston (4-6, 3-4). Coach: Anthony Criss.
  • Fort Worth Paschal (1-9, 0-7). Coach: Matt Cook.
  • North Crowley (2-8, 2-5). Coach: Keeath Magee.
  • Weatherford (1-9, 1-6). Coach: Reid Waller.
THE BIG QUESTION: Is Martin poised to become the bully of the block after defeating Bowie on the way to the District 4-5A title in 2010?

Bob Wager’s Warriors have advanced to the third round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons, something never before accomplished at Martin.

Quarterback Brodie Lambert was named MVP in Martin’s Red Bull Game Breakers 7-on-7 national championship during the summer. There is quality in the eight returning starters on defense, including college commits Devonte Fields (TCU), Stephen Amoako and Eric Amoako (Oregon).

Arlington ISD rivals Bowie and Arlington High aren’t going to concede the title to Martin. Bowie returns experience at key spots and has advanced to the playoffs in all five seasons under coach Kenny Perry.

Arlington Lamar could figure into the mix after making the playoffs in its first season under a coach not named Eddy Peach.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DE Devonte Fields, LB Cameron Williams, OL Steven Baggett, DB Eric Amoako, DB Stephen Amoako, Arlington Martin; QB/WR Kolby Listenbee, LB Jaquirous Jackson, DT Demonte Hood, RB Russell Hansbrough, Arlington Bowie; RB Tavarreon Dickerson, OL Daniil Lysenko, LB Curtis Douglas, Arlington; SS Paris Watson, LB Deandre Wilson, QB Connor Berry, Arlington Lamar; WR Xavier Mathews, North Crowley; WR Terrell Varnes, Arlington Sam Houston; QB Chris Hanson, Fort Worth Paschal; QB Trooper Reynolds, Weatherford.

DID YOU KNOW?

Four of the last five Martin seasons have ended with a playoff loss to Euless Trinity. ... After going young in 2010, Arlington returns 19 starters. ... Second division finishers North Crowley, Arlington Sam Houston, Fort Worth Paschal and Weatherford won a total of eight games among them.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. Arlington Martin
  2. Arlington Bowie
  3. Arlington
  4. Arlington Lamar

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