ARLINGTON — Eric Walker’s scrimmage against defending state champ Allen didn’t start off on a high note Friday morning, in fact it was downright ugly.
The Arlington Martin sophomore quarterback often had pressure in his face and when he didn’t, he either missed the target or his passes were dropped. The Eagles’ defense dominated early, especially up front, holding the Warriors to four consecutive three-and-outs to open the game.
But after a break, the Warriors offense came out on fire as Walker threw three touchdowns on successive drives.
“Not bad for a sophomore who’s last football was a Wednesday night for a freshman game,” Martin coach Bob Wager said. “So your first time out is to play the defending state champions? Yeah he was a little shaky in the first quarter, but I don’t blame him, we were all a little shaky in the first quarter.”
Walker’s first touchdown pass was to Tyler Wilson down the sideline on a fourth-and-six play from 31 yards out. Walker found Wilson for six points again on the following drive on a perfectly thrown out pattern in the end zone. He added his third scoring pass on a screen pass from 10 yards out which saw his receiver do most of the work.
“We watched him get better today,” Wager said. “We watched him get better as the game went along.”
Good first impression
Martin’s defense gave up two scores on wide receiver screens and allowed Allen quarterback Kyler Murray to shake loose on some long scrambles, but overall the unit looked sharp.
6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end Justin Hollins, a transfer from nearby Arlington Grace Prep, forced a fumble and recovered one. His bookend, 6-5, 240 pound Myles Garrett drew a key holding penalty on third down which killed another Eagles’ drive.
Perhaps nobody on Martin’s defense was more impressive then Trip White. The junior defensive back was everywhere delivering punishing hits around the line of scrimmage or breaking up passes in coverage.
“He’s a very intelligent junior. He had a great spring and a great couple of two-a-day practices once we got the pads on ,” Wager said. “We’re going to have some great players on this football team and we’re going to play against some great players, but I honestly think in high school football-I don’t care if it’s 1A or 5A-you win with hustle guys. Trip White’s a hustle guy.”
Jarret Johnson, 817-390-7760
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