Fort Worth Dunbar running back Taylor Martin racked up four touchdowns and 207 rushing yards to wake up a slow-starting Wildcats squad in a 51-14 dismantling of District 6-4A rival Fort Worth Eastern Hills at Clark Stadium on Friday.
Martin sat out most of the fourth quarter after helping the Wildcats remain undefeated at 9-0 and 7-0 in district. Eastern Hills dropped to 3-6, 3-4.
The last time Dunbar won nine games was in 2001 in a 9-2 season. Next week against Saginaw the Wildcats have an opportunity for their first 10-0 record. Dunbar has clinched a playoff spot and is trying to lock up the district title.
Eastern Hills jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter on an impressive 8-yard run by Marcus Baisy.
All that changed in the second quarter. Dunbar ran off 21 unanswered points, but it could have looked a lot different at halftime. Dunbar was hanging on to a 14-7 lead with just over a minute left before halftime and Eastern Hills had the ball.
A high shotgun snap, however, became a turnover that Dunbar linebacker Kameron Lewis grabbed on the hop and did not break stride on a 39-yard touchdown return.
The Wildcats put the game out of reach in the third quarter with 23 more unanswered points.
Martin scored on runs of 17 and 50 yards in the second half.
Highlanders quarterback Antwjuan Strahan rushed for 102 yards on 16 carries and scored a late touchdown.
Dunbar quarterback La’Quarrian Peoples got a passing touchdown in the third quarter on a 30-yard rainbow to Stepfawn Hughes to stretch the lead to 44-7.
Peoples finished the night with 72 yards rushing and 44 yards passing .
The Wildcats’ defense gave up a modest 268 yards to the Highlanders, but did most of its damage with forcing turnovers. .
Baisy led Eastern Hills with 48 yards rushing on nine carries and four pass receptions for 34 yards.
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