Written by Jon Machota
Arlington forces 7 turnovers, upsets Arlington Martin, 47-16
ARLINGTON – Arlington Martin has started slow on a couple of occasions this season, but nothing compared to the 26-7 halftime deficit it faced Friday night against Arlington.
When the Colts defense wasn’t forcing turnovers, quarterback Josh Greer, wide receiver Calvin Parker and running back Tavarreon Dickerson were abusing the Warriors defense en route to a 47-16 upset victory in a District 4-5A game at Cravens Field.
Arlington (2-3, 1-1) dominated Martin (4-1, 1-1) by forcing seven turnovers and out-gaining the Warriors 534-166. At one point late in the first half, Martin had four yards of offense.
Greer and Parker were a popular combination when the Colts needed big plays. Parker caught six passes and turned three of them into scores. Dickerson kept the Martin defense honest on the ground by rushing for 224 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.
Martin quarterback Brodie Lambert never found a rhythm, completing eight of his 21 passes and tossing three interceptions. The Warriors never got anything going on the ground either, finishing with 31 rushing yards.
Both teams committed turnovers early, but Arlington capitalized on theirs, scoring 19 of their first-half points on three drives that followed a pair of fumbles and an interception.
Martin’s offense was so stagnant early that TCU pledge Devonte Fields was responsible for the Warriors’ only first-half score, a short punt that he returned 71 yards.
Greer also contributed in the running game, adding a touchdown and 70 yards on 11 carries.