Paxton Thomas is a stud. Those were the words of Little Rock Christian coach Jeff Weaver used when asked about his wide receiver.
On Friday night, he was right.
Thomas took it in four times — three rushing and one receiving — nearly outscoring Central Arkansas Christian by himself in the Warriors' 43-29 home victory.
Paxton scored all of his touchdowns in the final three quarters, though points were at a minimum in the first quarter, when the teams combined for three punts and one turnover. The one score of the quarter came on a 4th and 20 from the CAC 30-yard line, when quarterback Houston Angel scrambled right and heaved a pass towards the end zone. Joe Hampton came down with it over a defender for a 7-0 lead at the 7:18 mark.
The Warriors (2-1) went up 14-6 on Thomas's first score, a 15-yard sweep around left end with 1:12 left in the second quarter. The Mustangs (2-1) would answer less than a minute later on a 27-yard touchdown pass from Jack Thomas to Joe Flanigan, with the two-point conversion tying the game at 14 at halftime.
Thomas, a senior, took over inside the red zone in the second half, scoring on rushes of 13 and 15 yards — both on sweeps around end as well — as well as cashing in on a 9-yard touchdown pass from Angel in the third quarter.
CAC played from behind for a majority of the second half after a penalty deep in their own territory allowed Little Rock Christian to keep their own drive alive midway through the third quarter. Tied at 14 and forcing 4th and 7 at the CAC 31, the Mustangs were called for a neutral zone infraction that instead made it 4th and 2 at the 26. Angel's keeper up the middle got 3 yards on the next play and lead to his touchdown pass to Thomas a few plays later to make it 21-14. Little Rock Christian led the rest of the way.
Thomas finished with 154 total yards — 98 receiving, 56 rushing — on 15 total touches to go along with the four scores.
Read more about this game in tomorrow's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.