— By GREG WEBB
A daunting triple threat of size, speed and athleticism pervaded the Weatherford offense on Friday, denying the Roos any quarter, in almost every quarter, of the District 3-5A contest afoot on Friday.
With uncommitted Division I recruit Myles Garrett leading the incessant charge from the middle of Arlington Martin’s D-line, the Roos play execution was in hurry-up mode as quarterback Grant Werts had trouble with even the quickest of quick-release passes.
The result was a 47-3 Martin romp over Weatherford.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a kid dominate a football game like No. 15 (Garrett) did tonight,” said Weatherford head coach Weldon Nelms. “He’s a great football player and we just had no answer for him.
“But it certainly wasn’t through lack of effort. Our boys played hard all night long.”
And although Weatherford had its issues moving the ball throughout the game, with its only score coming on a Trey Rich 31-yard field goal in the second quarter, it took the Warriors until the third quarter to get its own offense into a higher gear.
The Roo defense displayed some stubbornness rarely shown thus far in the season, a sight Nelms was happy to see.
“We finished very strong defensively in that first half and our kids were really fired up after those stops,” he said.
With less than five minutes left in the second quarter, Martin drove from its own 31-yard line, looking to increase its 13-3 lead before halftime.
With an eventual first down at the Weatherford 22, the Roo defense forced two incomplete passes and threw Martin’s leading rusher for a 5-yard loss.
Weatherford took over after a missed field goal, and the defense was promptly put on the spot again deep in its own territory after the Roos fumbled on the first play after getting the ball.