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Week 6 5A roundup, part one: Martin kicker's 60-yard FG highlights 72-7 romp over Sam Houston
ARLINGTON — Defense and special teams set the tone early as Arlington Martin (5-1, 2-1) overwhelmed Sam Houston (1-5, 1-2) in a District 4-5A contest at Wilemon Field.
Martin’s Kyle Hicks returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a score. A fumble on Sam Houston’s first play from scrimmage was scooped up by Martin’s Cameron Williams and returned 7 yards for a touchdown, giving Martin a 14-0 lead after just 32 seconds. Martin’s Trevor Stewart and Mustafa Haboul later returned fumbles for touchdowns.
Still stinging from a 30-point loss last week that dropped it out of the state rankings, Martin made the most of its limited time on offense. Martin, No. 9 in SportsDay’s 5A rankings, needed just 23 plays and 6:58 of possession time to score five first-half touchdowns.
The game’s most exciting sequence occurred early in the second quarter. On fourth-and-13 near midfield, Martin’s Jaden Oberkrom, who has committed to TCU, attempted a 65-yard field goal, and the kick sailed just under the crossbar. However, Sam Houston was flagged for offside, giving Oberkrom another chance. On fourth-and-8, this time from 60 yards, Oberkrom’s kick was high, straight and easily over the bar.
The state record, according to Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine, is a 67-yard field goal by Dallas Christian’s Russ Cowsert against Fort Worth Nolan in 1987. Three players have kicked 62-yarders, and another a 61-yarder.
Euless Trinity 35, Haltom 8
BEDFORD — Joel Kimpela’s 106 rushing yards and two touchdowns led Euless Trinity’s relentless ground attack as the Trojans cruised past Haltom, 35-8, in a District 6-5A game Friday night.
Running back Jonathan Brown also shined for Trinity (7-0, 5-0), collecting 83 yards on only nine carries. But Kimpela carried the load, rushing 17 times and capping two drives with touchdowns from 1 and 5 yards. Seven Trinity players combined to carry 42 times for 266 yards.
Although Trinity, No. 3 in SportsDay’s area Class 5A rankings, was a heavy favorite, Haltom (2-4, 1-3) kept the game close early. Haltom took an 8-7 lead on Travis Danford’s 30-yard scoring strike to Roman Gordon and a two-point conversion midway through the first quarter.
But Haltom lost any momentum late in the second period when, with Trinity leading 17-8, Haltom’s James Gibbs was stopped short of the end zone on fourth-and-goal. Trinity responded with a 99-yard scoring drive for a 24-8 lead just before halftime.
Cedar Hill 63, Grand Prairie 20
GRAND PRAIRIE — Cedar Hill scored four touchdowns in the first quarter and seven in the first half, and running backs Jared Rayford and Laquvionte Gonzalez combined for eight scores, as the Longhorns (4-2, 3-0) throttled Grand Prairie (0-6, 0-3) in a District 5-5A game at the Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
Cedar Hill quarterback Damion Hobbs threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns. Gonzalez rushed for 151 yards and Rayford carried for 101.
Cedar Hill, No. 10 in SportsDay’s 5A rankings, raced to a 14-0 lead with less than six minutes remaining in the first quarter. Grand Prairie took the kickoff and drove for a touchdown, thanks to the improvisation of backup quarterback Jaylen Fails, who found Ardarius Singleton for a 65-yard touchdown strike.
Grand Prairie’s offense was solid throughout the game. Gophers starting quarterback Brandon Fichter was impressive, rushing for 41 yards and completing 10 of 13 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Devante Lacy, the Gophers’ all-purpose player, was heavily covered by the Cedar Hill defense but still managed a touchdown to go with 84 total yards.
Gonzalez scored two rushing touchdowns and a receiving touchdown, returned a kickoff 99 yards for a score and finished with 254 all-purpose yards. The Longhorns did not punt the ball until the second half, and their only first-half drive that didn’t end in a touchdown was the final drive of the half, which started with less than a second remaining.
Cedar Hill gained 508 yards and outrushed Grand Prairie, 380-114 — but ran the ball only one more time than the Gophers.
Gonzalez’s first rushing touchdown went for only 5 yards, but in the second half, the junior had runs of 36 and 11 yards, and a 70-yard score, to put Cedar Hill up 56-20.
Hurst L.D. Bell 43, Irving MacArthur 24
IRVING — Quarterback Kyle Romano completed 12 of 18 passes for 146 yards and three touchdowns to lead Hurst L.D. Bell (4-3, 3-2) past Irving MacArthur (2-4, 2-2) in District 6-5A. Romano also ran for 88 yards and rushed for a touchdown.
L.D. Bell’s Corey Sparks intercepted a pass in the key third quarter. Romano then took over the offense, which scored 29 points in the decisive quarter.
The L.D. Bell defense held Irving MacArthur to seven points in the second half and just 33 yards passing for the game. Gavin Gregory also intercepted a pass for Bell, returning it 70 yards.
Mansfield Timberview 39, South Grand Prairie 14
MANSFIELD — Mansfield Timberview (4-3, 1-2) needed a big second half to pull away from South Grand Prairie (2-4, 1-2) for its first District 5-5A win of the season.
After South Grand Prairie’s Leonard Aikens ran for 172 yards and two touchdowns in the first half, the Timberview defense limited the Warriors to less than 50 yards in the final two quarters and forced three turnovers while outscoring the Warriors, 26-0.
Charles Taylor led the second-half charge for Timberview, finishing the game with 246 yards passing and 131 yards rushing. Taylor threw for three touchdowns and ran for one.
Timberview turned the ball over twice in the first half, including a fumble in the end zone that led to a South Grand Prairie touchback.
Grapevine 25, Irving Nimitz 17
GRAPEVINE — Leading by eight points late in the fourth quarter, Grapevine (4-2, 3-2) stopped Irving Nimitz (2-4, 1-3) four times beginning with first and goal from the 2-yard line. Grapevine then ran out the clock, getting a 57-yard run on the ensuing play to keep its playoff chances alive in District 6-5A.
Nimitz racked up 409 yards of offense, but couldn’t convert. Nimitz had to settle for a field goal early in the fourth quarter and couldn’t punch it in at the end, also missing a field goal in the contest.
Nimitz’s Peter Nguyen led the way with 16 carries for 192 yards, and quarterback Austin Huckaba completed 14 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two scores.
Grapevine, which compiled 445 yards, was led by quarterback Brett Harbin, who was 15 of 20 for 136 yards and a score. He also rushed 26 times for 126 yards and a score.
Arlington Lamar 52, Fort Worth Paschal 12
ARLINGTON — Senior quarterback Conner Berry threw three touchdown passes in the first half to lead Arlington Lamar (3-3, 3-0) over Fort Worth Paschal (0-6, 0-3) in a District 4-5A game at Cravens Field.
Lamar bolted to a 28-0 halftime lead behind Berry’s three scoring tosses and a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown by Trey Morgan.
Paschal tallied twice in the second half, on a 1-yard run by Justin Woodard and a 54-yard scoring pass from Chris Hanson to Rory Ginsburg.
Mansfield Legacy 21, Midlothian 14
MIDLOTHIAN — Kijana Amous had 97 of his 255 rushing yards on the first series as Mansfield Legacy (2-4, 2-1) drove from its 2-yard line to score the first touchdown of the night and never trailed in defeating Midlothian (2-4, 1-2) in District 5-5A.
Amous finished with 32 carries and scored Legacy’s first touchdown on a 1-yard carry in the first quarter.
Justin Seeton scored once on the ground and once by reception for Midlothian. He gained 94 yards on 14 carries.
Power outage halts Arlington Bowie-North Crowley
CROWLEY — The game between No. 11 Arlington Bowie and North Crowley was halted early in the second quarter after a car accident in the neighborhood caused a power outage at the stadium. The game will resume at 1 p.m. today with Bowie leading, 14-0, and about nine minutes to play until halftime.
Bowie scored its first touchdown on a 35-yard fumble return by Edwin Freeman in the first quarter. Bowie scored again on a 59-yard run by Russell Hansbrough in the second quarter.