ARLINGTON — The Arlington Martin Warriors did what they needed to do Thursday against Arlington Sam Houston to stay in the race for a playoff berth after a district ruling this week forced them to forfeit three games.Nic Smith rushed for three touchdowns and 94 yards, while Eric Walker threw three touchdown passes, as the Warriors beat Sam Houston 52-13 at Wilemon Field.We played well, Martin coach Bob Wager said. Im excited about our performance.The win was necessary for Martin (4-5, 2-4 District 3-5A) to have a shot at making the playoffs. On Wednesday, the District 3-5A Executive Committee ruled a Martin player ineligible, forcing the Warriors to forfeit wins against Fort Worth Paschal, Weatherford and North Crowley. Those losses dropped Martin from 4-1 to 1-4 in district play before the Sam Houston game. The Warriors, who also lost to Arlington Lamar last week, on Thursday looked like the team that had reeled off six straight wins, including one over Dallas Skyline, after a season-opening loss to DeSoto. They will need to beat district leader Arlington Bowie next week to stay in the playoff hunt.We were excited to play football [Thursday night], Wager said. I dont know that well know what the [playoff scenarios] are until next week, but well be excited to play Bowie.Walker, who finished 9-of-14 passing for 135 yards, hit JR Omigie for a 34-yard touchdown pass on Martins second offensive play. Martin notched a team safety in the third quarter. Renee Lindsey returned a blocked punt 32 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter for Sam Houston (3-6, 2-4). The extra point was blocked and returned 81 yard for two points by Martins Nick Albus.When asked after the game about a potential UIL appeal hearing regarding Wednesdays ruling, Wager simply pointed to next weeks must-win matchup against the Vols.I think theyre holding it at 7 p.m. next Thursday night at Cravens Field, he said.
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