Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett posted a rather remarkable stat line in the Warriors’ 47-3 win over Weatherford on Friday. The senior had 8.5 sacks, nine tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and a blocked punt.
And while Martin coach Bob Wager was impressed, he wasn’t surprised.
“The only reason it wasn’t shocking to me is because I get to be around him every day,” Wager said. “But it was complete dominance.”
Wager feels like Garrett is following a proud lineage of dominating defensive players coming out of Martin.
“We had Mustafa Haboul, Alex Mills and Devonte Fields on our team,” he said. “I saw those three guys create absolute wreckage during their time. I think that has a whole lot to do with what Myles did last Friday. I’d like to say that was maybe a mindset and attitude and savagery that has been passed down from one class to the next.”
At a Friday pep rally, Myles will receive a Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week award for his Sept. 6 performance in a 27-24 win against Dallas Skyline. He recorded 4.5 sacks, 6 TFLs and a blocked kick in that game.
Biggest challenge yet
Trophy Club Nelson is a touchdown away from being undefeated this season, but the Bobcats (4-1, 1-1 District 5-4A) will face their toughest task Friday when defending state champion Denton Guyer comes calling.
“We know people aren’t going to pick us to win this football game,” Nelson coach Brian Polk said. “We’ve just got to worry about ourselves and go execute our game plan and see if we can’t go compete.”
Polk knows it will take an almost flawless game to stay with Guyer (3-2, 2-0).
“I feel good about the way our kids are playing from an effort standpoint,” he said. “Our effort is good, but we’ve got to fix our discipline.”
Much of Nelson’s leadership lies in the trenches, Polk adds.
“We’re going to have to lean on our front on both sides of the ball,” he said. “That’s where we’ve got the majority of our seniors offensively and defensively.”
The turnover battle
After starting the season 3-0, Keller raised a few eyebrows, especially after its 20-0 victory over Hurst L.D. Bell. But the Indians (3-2, 0-2) have stubbed their toes to start District 4-5A play with losses to Justin Northwest and Keller Central.
Coach Carl Stralow thinks the explanation is quite simple.
“We have to play perfect to win,” he said. “When we create turnovers and don’t turn the ball over, we have success. It really comes down to that.”
Keller is plus-four in turnovers in its three wins and minus-three in its losses. Now, the Indians have their backs against the wall this week in a rivalry game against Keller Fossil Ridge (4-1, 2-0), a team that has only seven turnovers in its first five games; three of those came in a 42-22 win over Richland.
A winning move
Nolan Catholic moved to 4-2 and 2-0 in district with a 43-42 overtime victory against Addison Trinity Christian last week on a gutsy call by coach Joe Prud’homme, who opted to go for two in the first overtime period after Trinity scored a touchdown on its possession.
Running back Luke Alves (33 carries, 179 yards) faked a handoff and quarterback Landon Russell threw to tight end Jeremy LaGroue for the win.
Said Prud’homme: “Defensive coordinator Paul Duckworth looked at me and said, ‘Let’s find out if we’re a championship team or not,’ and I said, ‘All right, let’s go.’”
Player of the Week
In the dfwvarsity.com fan vote for top performances from Oct. 3-5, Dunbar running back Taylor Martin led the vote count with 2,492. Almost 4,500 votes were cast. Visit the site Monday to see who’s in the running for this week’s games.
Special Contributor/ Juan Guajardo
Nolan Catholic senior runningback Luke Alves (22) gains ground as Trinity Christian Academy linebacker Drue Allen (21) defendes during game action on Friday as Nolan Catholic hosted Addison Trinity at Doskocil Stadium in Fort Worth. (Special to the Star-Telegram/ Juan Guajardo)
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