BELTON – De’Nerian Thomas ran for 180 yards and two touchdowns, plus threw for another score to lead No. 2-ranked Mart to a 41-14 win over Goldthwaite at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor’s Crusader Stadium in Belton on Thursday night.
The Panthers (1-0) scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes of the Class 2A non-district season-opening matchup.
Thomas rushed three times for 46 yards and D’Marcus Cosby added the other 24, including a 19 yard run straight up the middle for an easy touchdown on a five play opening scoring drive to give Mart a 7-0 lead.
“Our fast start was very big,” Cosby said. “We wanted to play at a very fast tempo at the start of the game.”
Cosby finished the night with 139 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.
On the second play of Goldthwaite’s first possession, Eagles halfback Joseph Paddock fumbled and Thomas fell on the ball for Mart at the Eagle 33, then found Trevian Medlock for a touchdown on the next play to make it a 14-0.
“We had the turnover on our second play of the game, and you can’t do that against a team like Mart that score quick,” Goldthwaite head coach Greg Proffitt said. “It put us in a hole we couldn’t get out of. We battled back and I can’t fault our effort.”
Mart quarterback Kellen Martin ran for a 7-yard score on the Panthers’ third possession, his first touch in a Mart uniform, and gave his team a 20-0 lead with 5:11 left in the first quarter.
“It was a fast start,” Mart coach Rusty Nail told WacoTrib.com. “We’re pretty good when we’re fresh. The elements got us tonight, and a bigger factor was just the fatigue with the adrenaline running from the first game, we had some key people come out and made some subs. And the guys we subbed in there did a pretty good job.”
The Eagles (0-1) rushed for 207 yards as a team, with halfback Kody Harris leading the way with 99 yards on 11 rushes. Paddock added 71 yards on 16 carries. Quarterback Jansen Head scored on two short runs.
Mart 41, Goldthwaite 14
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Mart 20 7 7 7 – 41
Goldthwaite 0 6 8 0 – 14
M: D’Marcus Cosby 19 run (Bryson Nail kick), 10:49, 1st
M: Trevian Medlock 33 pass from D’Nerian Thomas (B. Nail kick), 9:57, 1st
M: Kellen Martin 7 run (kick failed), 5:11, 1st
G: Jansen Head 2 run (kick failed), 10:40, 2nd
M: Thomas 4 run (B. Nail kick), 6:04, 2nd
G: Head 1 run (Kody Harris run), 6:56, 3rd
M: Cosby 22 run (B. Nail kick), 2:10, 3rd
M: Thomas 4 run (B. Nail kick), 6:51, 4th
First Downs 23 13
Total Offense 403 212
Rushes-Yards 48-351 43-198
Passing Yards 52 14
C-A-I 3-8-0 2-10-0
Fumbles Lost 0 1
Penalties 3-35 3-15
Punts 1-30 3-30
M: D’Nerian Thomas 19-185, D’Marcus Cosby 16-140, Terrell Horne 2-12, Kellen Martin 2-8, Bryan Scott 1-7, Brun’Tae Parr 5-3, Tyrek Preston 2-1, Team 1-(-)5. G: Kody Harris 11-99, Joseph Paddock 16-71, Jansen Head 7-19, Aris Shelton 5-10, Hunter Parrish 1-2, Quaid Seward 3-(-)3.
M: Thomas 1-4-0-33, Martin 2-4-0-19. G: Head 2-10-0-14.
M: Trevian Medlock 1-33, Thomas 2-19. G: Parrish 1-12, Harris 1-2