DESOTO — Arlington Martin could do little more than spin its wheels in a 46-7 opening-night loss to DeSoto on Friday night at Eagle Stadium.
Eagles quarterback Desmon White had an electric game to kick off his senior season, accounting for five touchdowns, three rushing and two through the air. White, running an option read attack, reeled off 307 yards of total offense on just 22 plays.
The lopsided score was reminiscent of the beating Martin endured in its last game of the 2012 season, a 65-7 loss to Southlake Carroll in its 5A Division I bi-district playoff contest.
“I thought DeSoto was outstanding,” Martin head coach Bob Wager said. “They performed extremely well tonight.”
DeSoto’s opening possession ended with a fumbled punt, handing the Warriors the ball on the Eagles’ 28. But Martin was unable to move the ball. Warriors kicker Spencer Evans attempted a 48-yard field goal that came up short after Martin committed a false start penalty on fourth down.
Three plays later, White hooked up with receiver Chris Lacy on a 58-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring. The Eagles never looked back, scoring 13 points in each of the first three quarters, and held the Warriors to just 144 yards.
Martin defensive end and No. 1 recruit in the area Myles Garrett faced a double team all night, with the majority of the Eagles’ rollouts going away from his side of the field.
Warriors sophomore quarterback Eric Walker, making the first varsity start of his career, looked overwhelmed early in the game, throwing two first-half interceptions.
“This is a big stage. [Walker] got a chance to drive the field and score in the fourth quarter. That’s something to we can build on.”
The Warriors’ lone score came late in the fourth quarter on a 12-play, 54-yard drive capped by an 8-yard touchdown strike from Walker to senior receiver Tyler Wilson.
Wager put the loss in perspective.
“When you play great teams early in the season it makes you better and more prepared for the games ahead,” he said. “We have a young team, lots of underclassmen who gained valuable experience tonight.”
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