Time: 7:30 p.m., Friday
Site: Cravens Field
1400 W Lamar Blvd., Arlington
Type: District 3-5A match
Last year: Martin 57, Weatherford 7
Arl. Martin Warriors (2-2, 1-0)
Last season: 12-2 overall, 6-1 in District 4-5A;
Class 5A, D-I, Region I finalist.
Last week: Beat Arlington High, 38-28
Players to watch: RB Kyle Hicks (5-11, 195, 4.4), S Matt Waller (5-11, 200, 4.7), DL Ty Smalley (5-11, 230, 4.9), LB Jordan Avery (5-10, 200, 4.6), K Ben Grogan (6-1, 175, 4.7)
Last season: 3-7 overall, 2-5 in District 4-5A
Last week: Lost to Arl. Bowie, 55-3
Players to watch: OG Hayden Davis (6-1, 250, 5.4), OT Jordan Gray (6-3, 286, 5.6), C Sammy Stephens (6-2, 253, 5.6), DE Slade Hodge (6-2, 200, 4.8), DT Kent Sanner (6-1, 232, 4.9), DT Andrew Cape (5-11, 270, 4.9), QB Grant Werts, RB Jeuqwan Brownlee, RB Fred Brownlee.
Game notes: Arlington Martin may well resemble Bowie, the team Weatherford played last week, except the Warriors will not throw as much and instead of seeing a lot of different running backs with the ball, the Roos will see all of those runs bundled into a package named Kyle Hicks.
The Texas commit called his own number for 30 rushes last week in Martin's come-from-behind win over Arlington High, piling up more than 210 yards in the process, while scoring four touchdowns.
With his modest passing yards (38), Hicks nearly equalled the Colts' entire offensive production. In fact, Hicks is responsible for roughly two-thirds of the Warriors' offensive yardage on the year. So the task is simple, right? Stop Hicks and you stop Martin.
While its start has been below Martin's season expectation's, they are still a capable team, and should give Bowie a run for the district title.
The Roos' opening defensive series against Bowie last week provided a glimpse of efficiency vs. speed, but Weatherford's defenders were put in too many bad situations (and short fields) to hold back the Vols ground game for long.
With senior Colton Mallory healed up, WHS has ventured back to the quarterback time-share system, with Mallory and junior QB Grant Werts halving the snaps, approximately a quarter at a time in the last contest. While the Roo offense managed just 200 total yards against a quick and active Bowie defense, Mallory did get off a couple of pretty effective runs. Jeuqwan Brownlee had the most carries of any Weatherford back, but had trouble penetrating the Vols' middle.