ARLINGTON — Arlington Martin used a big first quarter and strong second-half defense to keep Arlington out of reach Friday night, beating the Colts 38-17 at UTA’s Maverick Stadium.
Nic Smith powered the Martin running game with 79 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. The sophomore got the Warriors (3-1, 1-0 District 3-5A) on the board less than two minutes into the game and gave Martin a three-possession lead late in the fourth quarter.
Smith’s score and a touchdown run from Jalum Bouldin gave Martin a 14-0 lead after its first two possessions. Spencer Evans capped the Warriors’ next drive with a 45-yard field goal.
The Arlington offense came to life in the second quarter when quarterback Michael Gray hit Bronderick Bell for a 16-yard touchdown pass. The Colts (1-3, 0-1 District 3-5A) continued that momentum by forcing a punt on the Warriors’ next possession and recovering a muffed punt. That led to 22-yard field goal from Brendon Conn.
Gray hit Mason Shaw for a 22-yard touchdown pass with six seconds left in the second quarter, sending Arlington into halftime down 31-17. But the Colts would be held scoreless the rest of the game.
Josh Watson added a pair of touchdowns for the Warriors, a 1-yard run and a 23-yard return off of a punt block by Myles Garrett.
Martin quarterback Eric Walker completed 9 of 15 passes for 128 yards. He connected with six receivers. Michael Wilson led the bunch with two receptions for 42 yards.
Gray finished 15 of 35 passing for 174 yards. Shaw led the Colts with 8 catches and 74 yards.
Evans was 5 for 5 on extra points. Defensive end Justin Hollins had two sacks for Martin. Garrett finished with one.
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