Those involved in Arlington Martin's spring game on Thursday had a bit of a different look than the team that competed in the scrimmage back in 2017.
The Warriors are trying to fill holes left by a rather large graduating class, which included 14 players that signed with colleges across the country. That was the most ever for one class under head coach Bob Wager, but he likes what the spring offered and is excited for the fall season.
Last season’s record: 11-2, 6-1 (Second in District 4-6A)
Playoffs: Lost to Allen in the regional round
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Coach: Bob Wager, 13th season
Top returning players: 2019 QB/CB Willie Roberts (27 tackles, 3 INT), 2019 RB Montrell Smith (780 rush, 5 TD), 2019 RB Trejon Henderson (280 rush, 3 TD), 2019 LB Kelvin Spencer (90 tackles, 2019 S Jayce Godley (62 tackles, 2 INT), 2020 RB Jaden Miles (5 rush TD), 2020 LB Julian Johnson (67 tackles, 5 for loss, 5 sacks).
What we saw: The Warriors scored on a double-pass as Roberts took the snap, passed it to Smith, who passed it down field to a wide-open Ryan Wallace, an incoming junior. Incoming sophomores Zack Mundell scored on a quarterback keeper inside the 10 and Kentrell Smith scored on a 35-yard touchdown run.
What Coach Wager said: “Godley had a great night. He was all over the field. Roberts is an explosive player and can play multiple roles on offense and defense, and the kicking game as well.”
“We signed 14 players last year, the most for Martin so yes it’s a tremendous challenge trying to fill those roles, but we have a prideful group of kids – none that have turned down a challenge yet. Our optimism is high, and we know we have a lot work to do in front of us, but I like the chemistry and character of our football team.”
“We’re excited about attacking the summer and seeing what kind of progress we can make in the next two months.”
What Willie Roberts said: “Spring went really well. I had fun playing out here and coming out every day and giving 110 percent. It was a blessing.”
“I love this team. We have great chemistry and it’s a great group of guys, and a lot of energy. It’s everything you’d want in a team.”
New district: 4-6A (Arlington, Bowie, Lamar, Sam Houston, FW Paschal, North Crowley, FW Trimble Tech).
Non-district schedule: Week 1 vs. Lake Travis, Week 2 at Hebron, Week 4 vs. Rockwall