Arlington Martin's special teams success the result of special effort

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by TED MADDEN

WFAA Sports

Posted on October 25, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 25 at 9:18 PM

ARLINGTON -- At Arlington Martin High, special teams really are special.

"We can alter the outcome of the game by our performance on special teams," said Martin head coach Bob Wager.

Two practices every week are totally dedicated to special teams. And when the team watches film Saturday morning, before players break off into their position groups, everyone watches the special teams.

"You go in there, you're whole team is in there; it's not just those 11 guys, it's the whole team," said Josh Watson, a linebacker who plays on all the special teams and is the holder on kicks. "When you make a mistake or you don't have very good effort, the whole teams sees it."

Special teams are so important at Martin that Coach Wager has his best player playing on nearly all of them. Myles Garrett is a defensive end who has committed to play at Texas A&M, and he's blocked six kicks so far this season.

"When I see him walking down the hallway, he looks like a superhero to me," said Wager of his 6-foot-4, 250 lb. player. "I think we'd all die to be able to take that body to the beach for a weekend."

When a guy like that wants to be on special teams, every one else does, too.

"It's another third of the game and you need every part of the game to come together to have a great team," Garrett said. "You have your starters out there, and if they're your best players, you put them out there."

Garrett had a game earlier this season in which he had eight-and-a-half sacks.

With a special player like that - and one who also leads the way on special teams - it's no wonder Martin has lost only one game all year.

E-mail tmadden@wfaa.com

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