— 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.
A subsequent pass interference gave Martin a first and goal on the Roo nine. After another forced incompletion and with time expiring, the defense jammed up the Martin line, and the ball carrier to preserve the 10-point margin going into the locker room.
“Regardless of what the final score was, I think a lot our kids found themselves [during those two series],” Nelms said. “After we put the ball on the ground, they could have easily given in at that point, but they dug in, and that was a big deal.
“Some folks may doubt this, but we are getting better every week, and that includes how the character of these kids has gotten better.”
The second half saw more of the same from the Martin/Garrett defensive contingent, and running back Nic Smith broke long runs, which kick-started the Martin offensive attack.
The Roos head out to Arlington for their next district match, meeting up with Arlington High, who is also 0-2 in district play, losing to Arlington Lamar on Friday, 24-14.
The Weatherford/Arlington match is set for 7:30 p.m. at UTA’s Maverick Stadium.
Arl. Martin 47, Weatherford 3
MHS 13 0 20 14 — 47
WHS 0 3 0 0 — 3
MHS - Nic Smith 10 run (pass failed)
MHS - Kristian Levy 53 pass
(Spencer Evans kick)
WHS - Trey Rich 31 field goal
MHS - Antoine Ewing 62 pass from Eric Walker (run failed)
MHS - Smith 47 run (Evans kick)
MHS - Smith 4 run (Evans kick)
MHS - Jalum Bouldin 4 run (Evans kick)
MHS - Sherrod Taylor 18 run (Evans kick)
Team stats: MHS WHS
First downs 16 8
Total Yards 421 97
Rushes-Yds 38-223 31-26
Passing Yds 198 71
Com-Att-Int 11-23-0 7-15-2
Penalties 10-97 6-45
Punts-Avg 4-34.25 5-37
Fumbles-lost 3-0 3-2
Rushing: MHS - Nic Smith 16-157; WHS: Jeuqwan Brownlee 6-42.
Passing: MHS - Eric Walker 11-22-0-2, 196; WHS - Grant Werts 6-11-1-0, 58.
Receiving: MHS - Antoine Ewing 4-111; WHS - Chris Whitling 2-22.