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Defensive player of the week (11/28): Mustafa Haboul, Arlington Martin
What he did: In a 19-7 win over Euless Trinity, Haboul made five tackles while going head-to-head against Hiva Lutui, a 6-2, 275-pound guard considered one of the best in Texas. The Warriors’ defensive line got consistent penetration, limiting Trinity’s explosive running game to 135 yards.
Who he is: A 6-1, 240-pound senior defensive tackle.
The stats: He made five tackles, including four solos, and had a 10-yard sack.
He said it: “We didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. It was just 11 guys running to the ball and getting after it. It means a lot because we’ve worked so hard.”
Coach said it: “He plays every play with fanatical effort. He’s on the inside, getting double-teamed and knocked down, so it’s not like he had five tackles and a sack coming off the edge.” — Bob Wager
Did you know? Haboul did not play football until his freshman year. He mistakenly got in line for football instead of class registration, and a coach encouraged him to try out. He made the starting lineup as a sophomore. “I can honestly remember when he didn’t know the difference between a fumble and an incomplete pass, so he just went after both,” Wager said. … For the season, Haboul has 49 tackles, seven sacks and a fumble recovery. He also has been used on offense in short-yardage situations, scoring a touchdown and a two-point conversion.
Fumble recovery led to winning score
16 tackles (13 solo), one for loss
Fort Worth Nolan
Broke up key pass in end zone
6 tackles (4 solo), sack
8 tackles, 5 for loss (4 sacks)