MIDLOTHIAN — Arlington Martin’s season ended the same way it began — with a loss to DeSoto — as the Warriors fell to the Eagles 56-34 Friday night in their 5A Division I regional meeting.
The Warriors led in both the first and second halves but couldn’t contain an explosive Eagles offense that answered every blow Martin (10-3) could deliver.
Jaimon Peterson scored four touchdowns for DeSoto (13-0), the state’s No. 2 team in Class 5A, according to the Associated Press.
Martin lost to DeSoto 46-7 in its opener on Aug. 30.
The Eagles outgained Martin 597 yards to 301. Nic Smith, the Warriors’ leading rusher, was limited to just 50 yards on 13 carries. Martin quarterback Eric Walker completed 8 of 25 passes for 146 yards, and Josh Watson scored twice for the Warriors from under center.
After going down by a touchdown, Martin built a 17-6 lead with two second-quarter touchdowns by Watson and Jalum Bouldin.
DeSoto got on the board first on its second possession. The Eagles traveled 81 yards in 12 plays, converting twice on fourth down, but they missed the extra point attempt for a 6-0, leaving the score 6-0.
Martin cut the lead in half on its ensuing possession when Spencer Evans split the uprights from 39 yards. Tyler Wilson had set up the Warriors with a 50-yard kickoff return.
Martin reached into its bag of tricks to take the lead on its next offensive drive. First, Watson found Walker on a trick play that went for 37 yards. Then, on fourth-and-3, the Warriors ran a fake field goal in which Watson plowed in from 3 yards out to make it 10-6.
Martin extended the lead to 17-6 when Bouldin capped an 11-play, 61-yard drive with a 12-yard run.
But the remainder of the first half belonged to DeSoto. The Eagles took just over a minute to go 70 yards and cut the Warriors’ lead 17-14 on a 23-yard Desmon White keeper and a two-point conversion.
After a Martin three-and-out, DeSoto again went 70 yards — taking advantage of a tiring Warriors defense — with Jaimon Peterson scoring his second TD of the half, a 5-yard run on fourth down. The Eagles converted for two points again for a 22-17 lead.
The Warriors came out swinging in the second half. After Jared Phipps’ long kickoff return, Martin went 38 yards in three plays, culminating in Daquaylyn Thomas’ 1-yard TD run to regain the lead at 23-22.
But DeSoto responded with consecutive touchdowns by Peterson, including a 44-yard run, to take a 36-23 advantage.
Martin battled back to within 42-34 when Watson snuck in from a yard out following Josh Hall’s 73-yard kickoff return, but DeSoto again put Martin away with Larry Nixon’s 3-yard run and a late 46-yard run for a score from Joey Brown.
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