Written by Tommy Cummings
Week 4 HS football 5A roundup (part 1): Kyle Hicks leads Martin over Arlington; Southlake Carroll, Cedar Hill cruise
Kyle Hicks carries for 4 TDs, 228 of Martin's 397 rushing yards in 38-28 win over Arlington
ARLINGTON — Arlington Martin hybrid back Kyle Hicks reversed field twice before finally eluding the last of Arlington High’s defenders and scoring from 19 yards out. It was a breathtaking fourth-quarter play that took the breath out of Arlington High and sealed Martin’s 38-28 District 3-5A victory at Cravens Field.
Martin improved to 2-2 while Arlington High suffered its first loss. Both teams are ranked No. 13 in Class 5A by The Dallas Morning News.
Hicks, who alternated at quarterback and running back, finished with 228 yards rushing and four touchdowns. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound senior also had scoring runs of 46 and 18 yards, but the final one showed why University of Texas coaches want him in their backfield.
“It was just a fumbled pitch,” Hicks said. “I got it and just tried to get some positive yards.
“I didn’t know I was going to get a run and it just happened.”
Hicks, who recently verbally committed to the Longhorns, scored the game’s final three touchdowns after Arlington High had taken a 28-16 lead with a three-touchdown surge in the second quarter.
Quarterback Connor Huffman hit Dontha Robinson on a 74-yard pass-and-run scoring play. Defensive back Cory Bernard scored on a 38-yard interception return. And Huffman found Raymond Sheard for a 14-yard scoring pass to take the 12-point edge.
But Hicks led Martin on an all-run, eight-play drive, scoring on an 18-yard run. On the conversion, quarterback Matt Waller fumbled the snap but still tumbled forward into the end zone to make it 28-24 with 48 seconds before halftime.
“I thought the turning point of the game was our ability to drive down the field and score at the end of the half and cut it down to one score,” Martin coach Bob Wager said.
Wager also said it was a matter of overcoming six turnovers and penalties — “and Kyle Hicks.”
Hicks got help from Matt Waller, who rushed for 97 yards, and Eric Hughes, who also ran for 74 yards.
Arlington High linebacker Sammy Douglas, who has committed to TCU, said Hicks was tough to bring down because “he’s juking and fast.”
Last season, Hicks led Martin to a co-district championship and the longest playoff march in school history.
By Tommy Cummings, staff writer
Southlake Carroll 59, Keller Central 0
KELLER — Kenny Hill threw four touchdowns passes, including two on consecutive attempts, as Southlake Carroll rolled to a 59-0 victory over Keller Central on Friday.
Of Southlake Carroll’s five first-half scoring drives in the District 4-5A opener, two took a single play, and two more needed just three plays to find the end zone.
Unfortunately for Keller Central, the second half brought more of the same, as backup quarterback Ryan Agnew kept the onslaught going, leading Southlake Carroll, ranked No. 3 in among area Class 5A teams by The News, to three fourth-quarter scores. The most impressive of the three was an electrifying 47-yard run that got the game to its final 59-0 scoreline.
Cedar Hill 44, Duncanville 27
CEDAR HILL — In a game dominated by Cedar Hill in the first half and Duncanville in the second, Laquvionte Gonzalez’s three touchdowns helped put Cedar Hill over the top in a sloppy, penalty-filled District 7-5A game at Longhorn Stadium.
Gonzalez scored on a 26-yard pass from Damion Hobbs and on runs of 33 and 39 yards for Cedar Hill (2-3, 1-1 7-5A). Gonzalez rushed for 79 yards on 11 carries and had two catches for 28 yards.
Quarterback Aaron Piper led Duncanville (1-4, 0-2) with 177 yards rushing, including a 58-yard touchdown.
Late in the first half, Cedar Hill’s Nik Crist recovered a fumble after a sack and returned it 10 yards to give Cedar Hill a 37-14 lead.
Mansfield Timberview 36, Mansfield 20
MANSFIELD — Mansfield Timberview’s Josh Smith rushed for 114 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over Mansfield (0-2, 2-3 District 7-5A).
Mansfield Timberview (2-0, 3-2) rushed for 237 yards in the first half, with Smith scoring on a 77-yard run and D’andre Fuller scoring on a 76-yard run. Smith added touchdown runs of 1 and 2 yards in the third quarter. Mansfield Timberview finished with 378 rushing yards.
The Mansfield Timberview stymied Mansfield running back Kenneth Burks, who finished with 18 carries and 59 yards and no touchdowns, and left with a leg injury in the third quarter. Timberview also recovered two fumbles, and Edward Paris intercepted Mansfield’s Lane Meyer twice, including a 98-yard touchdown return as time expired. Mansfield was held to one first down in the second half until 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter.
Three of Mansfield Timberview’s touchdowns came on the first play of the possession.
Midlothian 66, Grand Prairie 0
GRAND PRAIRIE — Patrick Hernandez rushed for 163 yards on just five attempts and scored three touchdowns to lead Midlothian in the District 7-5A game at Gopher-Warrior Bowl.
Midlothian forced a three-and-out on Grand Prairie’s first possession and scored just more than a minute later on Brendan Cornell’s 48-yard touchdown pass from Bryce Fausett. Fausett finished 5-of-7 for 137 yards and left the game three minutes into the third quarter. The Panthers led 45-0 at that point.
The Panthers returned two interceptions for touchdowns and had four interceptions overall.
Hurst L.D. Bell 43, Grapevine 17
BEDFORD — Kyle Romano threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns to lead Hurst L.D. Bell to a District 6-5A victory over Grapevine.
Twelve of Romano’s passes went to Aaron Dixon for 202 yards and three scores as Bell (4-0, 1-0 6-5A) racked up 488 yards.
Grapevine (1-3, 0-1) rallied from a 22-0 deficit to get within 22-14 as Nik Grau kicked field goals of 33, 52 and 35 yards. Riley Albus led the offense with 135 yards on 20 carries.
Irving 34, Irving Nimitz 31
IRVING — Ivan Soriano kicked a 34-yard field in the second overtime to help Irving beat Irving Nimitz in a District 6-5A game.
Nimitz (1-3, 0-1 6-5A) tied the score at the end of regulation on a 50-yard field goal by Ben Gasca.
Irving (1-3, 1-0) was up 24-7 with 10:16 left in the first half, but Nimitz scored three touchdowns.
Irving quarterback Cody Luttrell passed for 172 yards and three touchdowns.
Arlington Lamar 41, North Crowley 7
CROWLEY — Arlington Lamar’s Greg Brown scored four touchdowns in the District 3-5A opener at North Crowley’s Panther Stadium.
Lamar went 75 yards in six plays on the opening drive. Cameron Smith bulled his way in for a score from 1 yard out. That drive set the tone for the evening as Lamar (2-2, 1-0) controlled the clock with a pounding running game and a stout defense.
Keller Fossil Ridge 28, Richland 21
NORTH RICHLAND HILLS — Jacob Gnacinski threw for 204 yards and two touchdowns as Keller Fossil Ridge (1-3, 1-0) used a quick strike passing attack to hold off Richland at Birdville Fine Arts/Athletics Complex.
Gnancinski connected with Adonis Ramos for a 60-yard touchdown and the winning score with 9:18 left. Richland’s final series ended on downs at the Fossil Ridge 38 after four consecutive incomplete passes with eight seconds remaining.
Arlington Bowie 55, Weatherford 3
WEATHERFORD — Sophomore quarterback Tony James led a balanced attack as Arlington Bowie (3-1, 1-0 District 3-5A) rolled to a convincing win over Weatherford (1-3, 0-1).
Senior running back Don Jerry scored three touchdowns and rushed for 164 yards, including a 83-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter. Junior Brican Crossley also ran for two touchdowns.
Arlington Sam Houston 35, Fort Worth Paschal 0
FORT WORTH — Arlington Sam Houston quarterback Ervin Hill ran for two touchdowns in a penalty-marred District 3-5A opener at Farrington Field. Hill scored on runs of 14 and 29 yards. Sam Houston’s David Mustapha intercepted three passes, including one he returned 18 yards for a touchdown.
Justin Northwest 35, Keller 7
JUSTIN — Dakota Chavis rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns to lead Justin Northwest. The Northwest defense produced three second-half turnovers to help seal the victory.