ARLINGTON — Until two weeks ago, Paxton Alexander was the third running back on Highland Park’s roster. Now he’s the backfield leader for a team that’s in the state championship game.
Alexander scored four touchdowns as the Scots upset previously unbeaten Denton Ryan 31-24 in a thriller on Saturday in the Class 5A Division I state semifinal at AT&T Stadium, pushing HP into its first title-game appearance since 2007. The Scots will meet Temple at noon on Dec. 17 at AT&T Stadium.
With leading rusher Jack Kozmetsky lost for the season with a broken arm suffered earlier in the playoffs, and backup Jacob Urbanczyk sustaining a broken collarbone in the first half on Saturday, the Scots turned to Alexander.