Arlington Martin clinched the outright District 4-6A championship with a 50-12 victory over North Crowley on Thursday night at Cravens Field.
The Warriors (8-2, 7-0 4-6A), who have won eight consecutive games, will be the top seed from 4-6A in the Division I playoff bracket, likely going west next week to face either Midland High or Odessa High in the bi-district round.
North Crowley, which was already eliminated from playoff contention, hung around for much of the first half, but the big-play ability of Martin allowed the Warriors to pull away.
Nic Smith scored three rushing touchdowns on 11 carries for 143 yards, and Tyler Wilson scored on two of his four receptions.
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It took Martin less than a minute to get on the board. Wilson’s 55-yard catch from Tre Brown gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead after just three plays.
North Crowley (4-6, 2-5) would answer after a Martin miscue. The Panthers recovered a fumbled punt return and turned it into a touchdown on Keith Thomas’ 9-yard pass to Avery Lewis. The missed PAT left it 7-6.
Smith broke loose for 65 yards to give Martin a 15-6 lead late in the first quarter.
The Panthers replied with a 35-yard TD pass from Given Tippins-Hill to Lewis, who finished with 131 yards receiving on five catches, to pull within 15-12 before Martin asserted itself.
Smith weaved for a 20-yard TD run and Brown hooked up again with Wilson for a 54-yard score to make it 28-12 at halftime.
The Martin defense blanked North Crowley in the second half as the offense scored on three consecutive drives.
Brown finished the night 8-of-10 passing for 203 yards and added a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.