2009 Team Insider: Arlington Martin Warriors

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After a rough 0-4 start to the season in 2008 the Arlington Martin Warriors rebounded in a big way to finish 4-6 and advance to the Class 5A playoffs last year. Martin went into their bi-district tilt against Burleson as a heavy favorite, however the Warriors were edged out 26-21 and ended 2008 in disappointment. 31 letterman return plus assistance from a JV squad that finished 8-1-1 could spell another playoff appearance for the Warriors despite the loss of playmaking WR Chris Omigie to Kansas.

On the offensive side of the ball, Martin will once again lean on a talented backfield. FB Joe Lavilla and speedy TB's Martson Jefferson and Danzel Williams combined for 1470 yards and 18 touchdowns last year and could put up even bigger numbers in 2009. Timmy Haugh will lead the offense after seeing part time duty in 2009, Haugh has a good arm and will lead the offense efficiently. The offensive line with 3 starters back will be solid led by C Todd Kettell and RT Donovan Johnson. With the departure of Omigie, Martin likely won't throw it around as much this year especially with the depth in the backfield. Summer seven on seven work will be key for Isaac Carrasco and Desmond Randle to develop into reliable targets.

On defense Martin returns seven starters including five guys in the front six which will be a major strength. Alex Mills leads the way up front after a first team all 4-5A season. Mills posted 60 tackles and 9 tackles for loss as a junior. Junior Deryck Gildon could emerge as a star on the defensive side as a sophomore he was second team all-district and led the team with 11 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, his good size and speed will make him a major college recruit. The secondary much like the receivers will have their feet to the fire as there is a lack of experience. Steven Caldwell is the top returner as he picked off three passes as a junior.

Overall, Martin is a year away from being a contender for the district title. The Warriors are still a notch below district favorites Arlington and Arlington Bowie. With five solid teams in the district and just four playoff spots one team will be left sitting home again come playoff time. Last year Arlington Lamar missed out on postseason play, while Mansfield and Martin advanced.

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