Arlington Martin used a strong running attack in the first half to beat Fort Worth Paschal 63-9 Thursday at Farrington Field.
The Warriors (4-2, 3-0 in District 3-5A) took a 21-9 lead in the first quarter on touchdown runs by Kyle Hicks and Nick Smith, and a 30-yard touchdown pass from Hicks to Skylar Tardy.
Paschal (2-4, 0-3) hung tight, however, by responding to Martin's first two touchdowns. Quarterback William Floyd hit Darrell James for a 25-yard score to make it 7-6, and Christian Vazquez kicked a 19-yard field goal to cut the lead to 14-9.
Floyd completed four consecutive passes to set up the touchdown. Ben Noel's 77-yard kickoff return put Paschal in position for the field goal.
But Martin pulled away in the second quarter. Tardy's score was the first of five touchdowns before the end of the half. Hicks added two more touchdowns, including a 72-yard sprint, Trevor Stewart ran an interception back 26 yards, and Tardy had another touchdown catch for a 49-9 lead.
Hicks did all his damage in the first half, rushing 11 times for 185 yards. Smith chipped in 79 first-half yards. Martin also made use of three quarterbacks in the first half who combined to complete five of nine passes for 132 yards.
Martin's defense shut down Paschal beginning in the second quarter. In its five possessions after the field goal, Paschal went three-and-out twice and watched drives end with interceptions twice.
For the half, Martin held Paschal to 155 total yards, including 4 yards on the ground.
Things didn't improve for the Panthers in the third quarter as Paschal lost possessions on a fumble and an interception. The Panthers were forced to punt three times and were limited to 7 total yards in the second half.
Martin added two more scores in the third quarter -- one by Devon Anderson and another by Smith -- before controlling the clock to the end.
Floyd completed 16 of 28 passes for 163 yards with a touchdown and three interceptions. Marcus Padron led Panther receivers with 62 yards on four catches.
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