Arlington Martin forced five North Crowley turnovers Friday night at Panther Stadium to stay undefeated in District 3-5A play with a 45-8 victory.
After falling behind early, Martin (6-1, 4-0) scored 45 unanswered points in the final three quarters.
The Panthers’ defense punched the Warriors in the mouth on Martin’s first offensive play of the game, though. Defensive tackle Chris Reuben knocked the ball out of the hands of Warriors quarterback Eric Walker and recovered the ball on the Martin 36-yard line.
On the ensuing third--and-6 play, North Crowley quarterback Given Tippens-Hill hooked up with receiver Avery Lewis for a 30-yard pass to Martin’s 2-yard line. Running back Kris Barnes scored a touchdown, and Dez Henderson caught the 2-point conversion to put the Panthers (0-7, 0-4 District 3-5A) up 8-0.
Martin grabbed a 10-7 lead with 15 seconds remaining in the first half on kicker Spencer Evans’ 26-yard field goal. Earlier in the quarter, Warriors running back Nic Smith scored the first of his four rushing touchdowns, this one from 10 yards.
Smith finished with 118 yards on just 14 carries, and his three second-half scores put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
Martin’s defense played shutout football for final 31/2 quarters, due in large part to the play of defensive backs Trey Brown and Trip White.
White picked off two passes in the second quarter, and Brown also recorded two interceptions.
He returned an interception 60 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter as he scampered down the sideline as Martin took a 17-8 lead.
Barnes was the brightest spot for the Panthers’ offense, as he ended the night with 208 rushing yards on 32 carries. Martin only allowed North Crowley 226 yards of total offense.
Defensive end Myles Garrett, who committed to play at Texas A&M earlier in the day, recorded a sack and had three tackles for loss.
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