From the opening kickoff, it appeared that Mesa Dobson running back Terrance Martin was going to single-handedly keep his team’s slim playoff hopes by beating a team that hasn’t won a game since 2002.
Martin scored a total of 24 points by himself as the Mustangs (5-5) cruised past Phoenix Carl Hayden 47-6 Friday night at Dobson.
Martin sprinted to a 65-yard touchdown on the opening kickoff, and he was just getting warmed up.
Not even 10 minutes into the game, Martin had already racked up 145 yards on three touchdown plays, and he wasn’t finished on the night.
“Once I saw a couple of holes, I just followed my blockers and they lead me to touchdowns,” Martin said. “I was able to beat the team on the outside all night. I am glad I did my part, but it’s a team effort and it starts with the guys up front.”
Martin took advantage of gaping holes to score touchdowns runs of 29 yards, 51 yards, and 20 yards.
“I have to give credit to my guys up front,” Martin said. “I am nothing without the offensive lineman creating holes, and winning the battle of the line of scrimmage was the most important thing. If we do that, we have a chance to win every game we play.”
Dobson coach Tom DeMassa praised Martin’s performance.
“He is a great rusher, and he was able to utilize his speed to his advantage tonight,” DeMassa said.
By halftime, the door on the competitive phase of the game was slammed shut, and the score was already 41-0.
“It was obvious that our kids played a great game, and they really played with a sense of urgency tonight,” DeMassa said. “I think every phase of the game, the kids did tremendous."