BEDFORD -- There's nothing in sports like beating your nemesis to exact a measure of revenge.
Arlington Martin knocked off Euless Trinity 19-7 on a cold and windy Saturday afternoon at Pennington Field after being unceremoniously bounced from the playoffs in four of the past five seasons by the Trojans.
The Warriors (12-1) will play Southlake Carroll in the Class 5A Division I state quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Saturday at SMU.
"It's the biggest win for the school ever," Martin coach Bob Wager said. "To be able to go into the fourth quarter tied up 7-7 and beat Trinity at their house in the fourth quarter? I'm beside myself right now."
Martin's defense stymied Trinity's vaunted running game, holding the Trojans to just 6 total yards of offense in the second half and 128 for the game. Warriors defensive lineman Devonte Fields and Mustafa Haboul combined for three sacks and four tackles for loss to lead a defensive front that dominated the line of scrimmage and game.
"Our coaches always tell us to create nightmares, and we didn't really understand what they meant until we got down to the end of the season," Fields said. "We just told the coaches that we got them and just went out there and did it. We did it for everybody, our brothers that used to play here and the ones that are coming up."
Martin took a 10-7 lead with 8:47 left in the fourth quarter on a 47-yard field goal by Ben Grogan, who had the wind at his back.
The Trojans fumbled the ensuing kickoff but recovered, pinning them inside their own 10-yard line. After being knocked back inside the 5 by a host of Martin defenders and a penalty, Trinity elected to take a safety on fourth down rather than punt into a swirling wind that wreaked havoc on the kicking game all day.
The ploy worked as Trinity held the Warriors to a three-and-out and got the ball back at their own 22, trailing 12-7 with 4:37 left.
Martin's defense stood tall, though, by holding the Trojans on downs and took over at Trinity's 19.
On the next play Martin running back Kyle Hicks took a handoff off the right side, spun out of a tackle at the 10 and sprinted into the end zone. The point-after pushed Martin's lead to 19-7 with just under three minutes left. Hicks finished with 113 yards on 20 carries.
Martin quarterback Brodie Lambert scored the first touchdown of the game on a sneak after connecting with receiver Eric Hughes for 24 yards to the Trinity 1. Hughes grabbed a game-high four passes for 69 yards.
Running back Joel Kimpela scored Trinity's lone touchdown on a 51-yard scamper down the sideline to tie the game 7-7 late in the first quarter. Kimpela finished with 87 yards on the ground.
"We had to win this game," Hicks said. "We knew we were going to win and just had to play our game. Trinity had put us out every year but this is our year, this is our time."
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