Saturday, July 16, 2011
Arl. Martin wins Red Bull 7-on-7 national title
By Randy Jennings
UNIVERSITY PARK, Texas -- Brodie Lambert tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Kyle Hicks, leading Arlington Martin to a 27-4 victory over Clairton (Pa.) in the championship game of the Red Bull 7-on-7 Game Breakers National Finals on Saturday night at SMU’s Gerald J. Ford Stadium.
“The weird thing is Martin really isn’t known for 7-on-7,’’ said Lambert, named the MVP. “Our team was down several times, but these guys never quit.’’
The title-game victory completed a 3-0 night and a 7-0 record in the two-day, 20-team National Finals. Combined with Martin’s 5-0 performance in the Fort Worth qualifier, the Warriors were a perfect 12-0 in Red Bull games this summer.
“We never wanted it to come to a double-elimination game,’’ said Hicks, who was also utilized as a pass rusher in addition to receiving duties.
Hicks, responding to the question of what the Red Bull title means: “This put our school on the map.’’
Martin’s most critical moment came in its first game of the evening when it trailed Houston Westside at halftime, 12-3. The Warriors rallied to win 23-12 with Lambert hardly missing a pass in the second half.
“We knew we had come this far and we didn’t want to see it end,’’ said Lambert, who is finally getting his chance after an injury-plagued couple of seasons at Martin.
Martin then handed Clairton its first loss of the double-elimination semifinals, 24-12.
Clairton, a Pittsburgh-area school with an enrollment shrunk by the closing of nearby steel mills, earned its way in the finals by defeating third-place Westside, 26-14. Clairton would have had to beat Martin twice in the finals to win the title.
Evangel Christian of Shreveport, La., lost both of its games Saturday and finished fourth.