We thought we would see a battle in Arlington. The game ended up being a blowout.
Arlington Martin has been in our Top 25 Rankings since week three of their season (click here for the rankings) and came in at #20 in the state. Arlington Bowie had been just outside of our top 25. Arlington Martin showed why, despite them having a loss and Bowie being undefeated, they deserved their ranking, and perhaps a higher ranking.
The game did not start well for Martin. Bowie took a two-touchdown lead powered by Drevonn Ponder. Ponder scored on a 29-yard touchdown run midway through the first and then added a 44-yard touchdown run on the next drive, followed by a two-point conversion. Bowie was up 15-0. But, Martins offense then came alive and their defense put the clampdown.
Saying that the Marin offense came alive is an understatement. They exploded. They scored 25 unanswered points over a 15-minute span. Quarterback Zach Mundell got the scoring started with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Cal Robinson. On the next drive, Mundell scored on a 40-yard touchdown run. Mundel accounted for a third first-half touchdown late in the second quarter with a 43-yard touchdown pass to give Maritn a 20-15 half-time lead.
The second half started just like the first ended. Mundell kept leading the Martin Warriors to the endzone. He connected on 12 and 26-yard touchdown passes in the third to extend the lead to 35-15. Bowie did get their offense moving for one drive and found the endzone, but Martin scored three more times in the fourth.
Final Score: Arlington Martin Warriors 55 – Arlington Bowie Volunteers 23.
The star of the game was Martin QB Zach Mundell. He was 21-26 for 278 yards and 5 touchdowns. He added 65 yards on the ground with one touchdown. Both Robinson and Merida went over 100 yards receiving both with two touchdowns.
Martin is now 6-1 and 4-0 in district play. They are in first in District 8-6A. They finish their regular season with games against Grand Prairie and at Sam Houston. Bowie suffered their first loss and are now 4-1. They play at Grand Prairie next week and finish with games against Sam Houston and at Arlington. They would need Martin to lose their last two games and then run the table themselves to win finish at the top of the district.