Early safety kick-starts Martin’s offense in win over Paschal

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Arlington Martin had a 2-0 lead over Fort Worth Paschal just 11 seconds into the game Friday night.

That safety was the spark that lit a scoring onslaught, as the Warriors (5-1, 3-0) stayed perfect in District 3-5A with a 66-20 win over the Panthers (3-3, 0-3).

The game also marked the appearance of senior Isaiah Baker in a Martin uniform just three weeks after he appeared in a game for rival Arlington.

“He’s a great kid and `we’re happy to have him on the team,” Martin coach Bob Wager said. “I thought our kids played well all the way around, especially with some plays on defense and special teams.”

Baker figured into Martin’s offense right away, with four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown as a complement to quarterback Eric Walker.

Walker completed 11 of 16 passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns.

Martin got a break right away, pinning the Panthers on the 1-yard line on the opening kickoff.

An offensive penalty on the first play from scrimmage led to the safety, and then Martin’s running game went to work on the Warriors’ first possession.

Three running backs touched the ball, with sophomore Nic Smith capping the quick-strike drive with a 24-yard touchdown run.

Spencer Evans put up a drop kick for the extra point, and after just 1:14 had run off the clock Martin was up 9-0.

“It’s homecoming, you know,” Wager said. “Ben Grogan hit one last year on homecoming so those kickers, they have too much time on their hands, I figure.”

Still, Paschal had some firepower and came right back, marching 51 yards in nine plays. Quarterback Dylan Thomas hit Darrell James on a 2-yard score to cap the drive.

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