ARLINGTON — Arlington Martin survived a number of miscues to rally past Dallas Skyline 27-24 on Friday night at Cravens Field.
Leading for most of the non-district matchup, the Warriors were down in the fourth quarter after the Raiders (1-1) rattled off 18 consecutive points. Facing a third-and-16, Martin quarterback Eric Walker connected with Kristian Levy on a 71-yard touchdown pass with 7:43 remaining.
It was the only time those two sophomores hooked up, but it put a capper on a 187-yard passing performance from Walker. Martin running back Nic Smith rushed for 80 yards and a score.
The Warriors could have taken a comfortable lead into halftime, but didn’t do themselves any favors in the first half. A failed onside kick and two lost fumbles helped Skyline get back into the game.
Martin tried to open up the game with some trickery, trying to recover a short kickoff. It backfired, as the Raiders were set up on the 50 yard line. One play and 10 seconds later, Skyline quarterback Sederian Copeland, who finished with 313 yards passing, connected with Carlos Strickland for a touchdown.
The Warriors reeled off three consecutive touchdowns from different players to take a 20-6 lead. Martin did it on the ground, grinding out drives to take control of the game. Josh Watson, George Tucker and Smith finished those possessions with short runs.
Two big passes from Copeland, the second a 38-yarder to Jordan Neely, got Skyline back on the scoreboard midway through the second quarter.
The Raiders had only four yards of offense on the three drives previous to the score.
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