Arl. Martin heads to semis in Red Bull Nationals


UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- Arlington Martin is the lone Dallas/Fort Worth Final Four survivor in the Red Bull 7-on-7 Game Breakers National Finals following Day 1 play Friday at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.

Martin (4-0) defeated San Antonio Warren, 30-16, to reach Saturday’s semifinal.

The Warriors will face the only other remaining Texas team, Houston Westside, in the second semifinal at 7:55 p.m.

The first semifinal at 7:30 p.m. matches tiny Pennsylvania powerhouse Clariton against Evangel Christian of Shreveport, La., at 7:30 p.m.

All four semifinalists navigated five-team double-elimination brackets without a defeat.

Martin began play in 104 degree heat Friday afternoon in a field of 20 teams, seven of those from the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

No play illustrated Martin’s resolve more than a determined pass rush by TCU commit Devonte Fields in a 14-12 first-round win over Metro Christian of Tulsa, Okla. Fields continued to pursue scrambling Metro quarterback Andrew Hearon until making the sack that clinched victory.

“I was not going to give up,’’ Fields said. “I don’t know how long I chased him, but I know it was too long.’’

Dallas Red Bull Qualifier champion Highland Park along with Aledo and North Richland Hills Richland were eliminated one victory short of the quarterfinals.

San Antonio Warren dealt Highland Park (2-2) both of its defeats, 22-20 in the first round and 25-16 in an elimination game.

“We didn’t get the result we wanted,’’ said Scots quarterback Brady Burgin, “but we bounced back after losing our first game and made a lot of plays that will help going into the fall.’’

Aledo (1-2), a two-time Class 4A Division II state champion, was ousted by Pearland Dawson.

“We played against some good, quick defenses,‘’ said Aledo quarterback Matthew Bishop. “Any time we pick up the football, we want to win. I hate losing.’’

Richland (1-2) was eliminated by Florida representative Miami Columbus, 23-12.

Cedar Hill, West Mesquite and Arlington Sequin each had a close call, but failed to get a win.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware and New Orleans Saints running back Reggie Bush addressed the players during a break at the midpoint of Friday's action.

"I just told the guys they have the opportunity of a lifetime to go against the best of the best,'' Ware said. "I would have loved a tournament like this when I was in high school.''