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5 Thursday high school football thoughts: Crazy finishes, a ‘special’ Arlington Martin team and perfection for four powers

Flower Mound also continues its turnaround under head coach Brian Basil.

Here are five thoughts from Thursday games in the Dallas area during Week 11.

Wild, wild endings

To open the second half Thursday, Arlington Lamar quarterback Jack Dawson threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Oklahoma-bound receiver Trevon West, giving the Vikings a 28-14 lead. Lamar appeared to be headed toward a 9-1 regular season finish.

Then Arlington scored 19 unanswered points, ultimately taking a 33-28 lead on a 36-yard run from quarterback Kris Sims with just under two minutes left. It was a huge comeback for Arlington, but it wouldn’t be the last. Dawson, with 13 seconds left in the game, found West for a two-yard score to give the Vikings a 34-33 win and a 9-1 regular season finish.

It was a crazy finish, and on most Thursday nights it might’ve been the craziest. But not this Thursday.

That’s because the Battle of the Beltline between Cedar Hill and DeSoto lived up to the hype. Multiple pregame skirmishes set the standard for what would be a fight to the wire.

Cedar Hill thought it escaped with a 28-21 win after a late red zone stop, but the referees put two seconds back on the clock after ruling that an injured player was down before time expired. DeSoto took advantage with a touchdown pass from Samari Collier to Lawrence Arnold and then decided to go for two. It didn’t work, allowing Cedar Hill to celebrate the game-winning defensive stop in a 28-27 win.

You can read the full game story here.

A special team

Arlington Martin finished off a 9-1 regular season with a 44-19 win over Arlington Bowie on Thursday. It was an impressive regular season, especially from a scoring perspective. The Warriors scored at least 30 points in every game and more than 44 in five of their last six.

Take a closer look and you’ll see Martin’s high-scoring team wasn’t only an offensive effort. In total, Martin scored 99 points on special teams and defense. Jonathan Carter had multiple special team returns for scores, including a 104-yard kickoff return to open Martin’s 33-14 win over Hebron, a game where the Warriors failed to score an offensive touchdown.

In Thursday’s win against Bowie, Martin added 16 more points on defense and special teams, including a 68-yard kickoff return by Lenard Lemons and a 27-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Ernest Cooper IV, capping off a special regular season. With an emphasis on special, of course.

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The turnaround in Flower Mound continues

Brian Basil was at Irving MacArthur before he became the head coach at Flower Mound. He spent 10 years there and ended his tenure with two-straight trips to the postseason. MacArthur hasn’t been to the playoffs since he left.

On Thursday, Flower Mound beat Irving MacArthur 70-0. The commonality between the two programs is Basil, and his impact has been apparent. When Basil came to Flower Mound, the Jaguars had one of the longest playoff droughts among 6A teams in the area. The last time they made the postseason was 2010; he was tasked with bringing them there.

The last two seasons Basil has done just that. Thursday’s win means that Flower Mound – last year’s District 6-6A champions – is the top-seeded Division I team from the district. It’s been a turnaround at Flower Mound and Basil deserves a ton of credit.

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Perfection

Eight teams in the Dallas-area entered this week with a chance to finish off perfect regular seasons. All four teams with the opportunity on Thursday accomplished it.

Duncanville, the defending 6A runner up, defeated Molina 49-0 to go undefeated in the regular season for the second year in a row. The Panthers used only 17 offensive plays to do it.

Southlake Carroll beat Keller Timber Creek 49-8, which means second-year coach Riley Dodge still hasn’t lost a regular season game as a head coach.

Speaking of undefeated regular seasons: Denton Ryan secured its 50th straight regular season win with a dominant 41-14 win over Birdville, which entered the game perfect in district play.

And then Frisco Lone Star, the top-ranked 5A team in the state, continued its impressive season with a 77-7 win over Frisco Heritage. Sophomore quarterback Garret Rangel became the first quarterback in the Dallas area with more than 40 passing touchdowns, throwing five Thursday to bring his total to 41.

Allen, Sunnyvale, Argyle and Fort Worth Nolan will have the chance to be perfect, too, on Friday.

Seeing Red

Red Oak sent a message to the rest of the Dallas area in the first week of district play, being perennial district power South Oak Cliff 28-21. Red Oak was already one game up on the district favorite, but second-year head coach Chris Ross knew it would take more than that to win a district title.

“You have to just improve,” he cautioned after the win.

Now, Ross can say his team did all it needed. Red Oak beat Seagoville 48-13 on Thursday to finish an undefeated district slate and win the district championship.

It’s now the second straight season Red Oak has won nine games. Before Ross got to Red Oak, the Hawks had won nine games in the previous six years combined.

Now Ross and Red Oak will hope to do something they couldn’t do last season: win a playoff game.

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On Twitter: @JoeJHoyt

Joseph Hoyt, Staff Writer. Joseph has covered high school sports for The Dallas Morning News since November, 2018. After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2016, Joseph interned at The News before working for The Ames Tribune and KOIN-TV in Portland.

joseph.hoyt@dallasnews.com /JosephHoytDMN @joejhoyt

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