Arl. Martin RB duo speeds past South Garland

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Two talented running backs and only one football might be a problem for some teams, but not Arlington Martin.

Cameron Williams and Kyle Hicks are perfectly satisfied to cheer and block for each other’s success.

Hicks ran for three touchdowns and Williams had one in Martin’s 43-10 Class 5A nondistrict victory over South Garland on Friday night at Cravens Field in Arlington.

Martin, No. 5 in ESPNDallas.com's Class 5A Top 10, improved to 2-0. South Garland fell to 0-2.

“Kyle and I grew up playing peewee football together,’’ explained Williams, a 5-foot-9, 195-pound senior. “We weren’t on the same team, but we’ve always been good friends, practically like brothers. There’s not any controversy with us.’’

Williams gave Martin the lead for good with a 53-yard touchdown run late in the first period. He totaled 88 yards on five carries.

Hicks, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior, said a team needs two running backs.

“This way, you know that you have to take advantage of the chances where you get them,’’ said Hicks, who scored on runs of 15, 13 and 10 yards and finished with 126 yards on 12 carries.

Hicks’ personal favorite, a 15-yarder that increased Martin’s lead to 16-7, featured a couple of spins and an off-balance finish when he appeared to be falling but managed to find the end zone.

“That was what coach tells me to do, rumble and stumble,’’ Hicks said. “I had no idea I was even in the end zone.’’

Martin coach Bob Wager said he and his coaching staff insist on unselfish play.

“We want them to take as much satisfaction blocking for each other as scoring a touchdown,’’ the coach said. “They are different kinds of backs. With Cameron, it is hard to find a place to hit him. He’s physical. Kyle is such a good receiver we’ll split him out at times and throw to him.’’

According to Williams, Hicks’ nickname is Cadillac, because he runs so smooth.

“I’m more of a downhill runner,’’ Williams (nickname C-Will) said. “I’ll run you over.’’

With the running backs leading the way, Martin reeled off 33 consecutive points after being shocked on the first play of the game when South Garland running back Marqeul McNac broke an 80-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead 13 seconds into the game.

Martin’s lead was 9-7 early in the second quarter when a goal-line stand by the Warriors’ defense shifted momentum their way.

Matt Waller and Eric Amoako secured a tackle on McNac for the loss of a yard on fourth-and-goal from the 1.

“That’s what really killed us,’’ McNac said. “Our confidence level went way down after that. We had too many mental mistakes. But I still think we are going to be a good football team.’’