Dragons Fall to Arlington Martin 33-50
Sep 11, 2017 12:30PM
● By Mike
After shutting down Broken Arrow’s power running game in a season-opening victory, Carroll head coach Hal Wasson knew the Dragons would be up against a different beast in week 2 when they squared off against high-powered Arlington Martin and dual-threat quarterback Juma Otoviano — who is transitioning to a spot under center after playing running back a year ago.
And while the Dragons were well aware of what they were up against, stopping it proved to be a different matter.
Otoviano did it all for Martin Friday in a 50-33 victory over Carroll, finding the end zone three different ways as the Warriors controlled the second half to pull away from the Dragons after trailing, 28-22, at halftime.
Otoviano rushed for 182 yards and three scores, threw for 160 yards and another touchdown (7-of-14 passing) and threw in a kickoff return for a score for good measure.
The performance offset another productive night from Carroll running back, and Dragon Pride Player of the Week, TJMcDaniel, who rushed for 223 yards on 25 carries (nearly 9 yards per carry) with three touchdowns.
McDaniel’s first two scores came in the first quarter as the teams traded scores and the junior tacked on a third in the second quarter (3 yards) to give the Dragons a five-point lead heading to the break.
The Martin defense would bow up in the second half, however, scoring 21 consecutive points to give the Warriors a 43-27 lead before Carroll finally broke through in the second half on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Will Bowers to Cade Bell.
Bell continued his strong start to the 2017 season with six receptions for 69 yards and a score, while RJ Mickens caught Bowers’ second scoring pass — a 26-yard grab to open the scoring in the second quarter.
Bowers finished an efficient 12-of-16 for 169 yards with Blake Smith also taking a few snaps and completing 5-of-9 attempts for 36 yards.
However, Montrell Smith’s 57-yard touchdown run spoiled any designs of a late Carroll comeback putting Martin in front, 50-33, with 2:58 remaining.
Smith also had a 39-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter and finished with 116 yards on 13 carries for a Martin squad that rushed for 327 yards as a unit.
Defensively, Ryan Thompson was all over the field for the Dragons with 17 tackles, while defensive back RJ Mickens had 14 tackles and a forced fumble with Joseph DeVincenzo coming up with an interception for Carroll.
The Dragons will look to bounce back and enter District 5-6A action on a high note Friday when their challenging non-district slate concludes at 7:30 p.m. at home against Rockwall.
Arlington Martin 50, Southlake Carroll 33
Carroll 14 13 0 6 — 33
Martin 15 7 14 14 — 50
SLC — McDaniel 1 run (Koskay kick), 9:13
AM — Otoviano 2 run (Morales kick), 3:13
SLC — McDaniel 57 run (Koskay kick), 1:35
AM — Otoviano 99 kickoff return (Otiviano run), 1:20
SLC — Mickens 26 pass from Bowers (Koskay kick), 9:58
AM — Willis 80 pass from Otoviano (Morales kick), 9:30
SLC — McDaniel 3 run (kick failed), 3:25
AM — Otoviano 1 run (Morales kick), 8:30
AM — Otoviano 7 run (Morales kick), 1:18
AM — Smith 39 run (Morales kick), 9:51
SLC — Bell 21 pass from Bowers (pass failed), 5:35
AM — Smith 57 run (Morales kick), 2:58
Dragon Offensive Statististics
Rushing — TJ McDaniel 25-223, Blake Smith 4-9, Tavian Gould 2-1, Will Bowers 2-(-)10
Passing — Will Bowers 12-16-1 169, Blake Smith 5-9-0 36
Receiving — Cade Bell 6-70, Colton Phillips 1-38, Darryl Crockett 3-34, RJ Mickens 1-26, Sean Broadway 2-13, Hudson Shrum 1-12, Wills Meyer 1-2, Tucker Slechta 1-7, TJ McDaniel 1-3
Dragon Defensive Statistics
Ryan Thompson: 17 tackles
RJ Mickens: 14 tackles, one forced fumble
Graham Faloona: nine tackles
Matt Werner: eight tackles
Quinten Bunten: six tackles
Joseph DeVincenzo: four tackles, one interception
Hayden Hayes: three tackles, one forced fumble