From Arlington Martin’s offensive line of work horses, a show horse emerged in what could have easily been mistaken for superhuman form in the Warriors’ Friday night showdown with one of Texas’ best football traditions.
Martin’s gritty offensive front opened seams for a determined effort by quarterback Juma Otoviano, who accounted for five touchdowns in a 50-33 victory over Southlake Carroll at UTA’s Maverick Stadium.
Otoviano rushed for 182 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns, passed for 160 yards and one touchdown – 80 yards to Brayden Willis – and he took a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown.
To prove perhaps that you could only hope to contain him on this night, he also ran for a 2-point conversion.
A smart phone calculator summarizes best: Otoviano accounted for 32 points and 342 of the Warriors’ 487 total yards.
Montrell Smith showed for the knockout punches, 39- and 57-yard touchdown runs in a second half in which the Warriors (2-0) outscored the Dragons 28-6, flipping a 27-22 halftime deficit into a landslide victory.
Martin’s defense also put the first half in the past, coming up with big plays in the last two quarters, starting with Willie Roberts’ interception on Carroll’s first possession of the third quarter.
On Carroll’s next possession, Martin linebacker Julian Johnson bolted through the line of scrimmage like a bull charging a locomotive to sack QB Will Bowers and force a punt.
On fourth-and-1 of Carroll’s ensuring possession, the Warriors swarmed Dragons running back T.J. McDaniel, forcing a fumble that Martin’s Spencer Trussell pounced on.
Martin converted touchdowns after each of those sequences.
McDaniel led Carroll (1-1) with 221 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. Bowers had two TD passes, 26 yards to R.J. Mickens during a first-half deluge of points by both teams, and 21 yards to Cade Bell.
That fourth-quarter touchdown represented Carroll’s only points in the second half.