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.