GRAND PRAIRIE — Arlington Martin running back Nic Smith took care of things on offense, Myles Garrett and Justin Hollins wreaked havoc on defense and the Martin Warriors downed the South Grand Prairie Warriors 30-7 on Thursday at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
Martin (2-1) opened the scoring on a 3-yard run by Smith to cap the opening series for a 7-0 lead. Kristian Levy took a handoff on a reverse and found a wide open Jordan Vaughn on a 49-yard pass play to set up Smiths run.
Martin forced a SGP punt on its first series, and Garrett and Hollins met at the SGP punter and partially blocked the kick to give Martin the ball at the South Grand Prairie 37-yard line.
Martin drove down to the SGP 6-yard line, but the drive was halted when SGP defensive back Jason Hall intercepted a pass at the 5-yard line.
Following a delay of game penalty on SGP, the snap flew over quarterback Tony Nicholsons head and out of the end zone for a Martin safety and a 9-0 lead with 5:30 left in the first quarter.
South Grand Prairie (2-1) cut the lead to 9-7 when Nicholson darted in from 25 yards out with 1:38 left in the first quarter. The play was set up by a 16-yard pass from Nicholson to Jaelan Austin that converted a third and 14 from the Martin 41.
Smith, who rushed for 136 yards on 16 carries, bulled in from 1 yard out to give Martin a 16-7 lead early in the second quarter.
Then, Garrett and Hollins again met at the SGP punter, blocking the kick this time, and setting Martin up at the SGP 1. Jalum Bouldin carried it in on the ensuing play and Martin led 23-7 at the half.
Nicholson was injured with 6:49 left in the first half and never returned. Martin took advantage as the defense, led by Garrett and Hollins, stymied the SGP offense, holding SGP to 178 total yards.
Martin quarterback Eric Walker hit Michael Wilson with a 43-yard scoring pass with 4:00 left in the third quarter to cap the scoring.
Steve Nurenberg special to the S
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