Martin: Seniors stepped up

By Chip Burch • Last Updated 1:20 pm on Friday, October 28, 2011

BLANCHARD — Montabella’s football team isn’t all about the passing game between quarterback Charles Helmer and receiver Jemikal Papendick.
Derek Martin has been toting the rock for the Mustangs this season, and is second on the team in rushing attempts and yards. He has 515 yards on 70 carries so far this season, which trails only Logan Burns’ 84 carries for 535 yards.
This season is the best ever in Montabella history, as they won eight games for the first time ever. Martin credits the seniors for their play.
“A lot of it was the seniors, stepping up and working hard,” he said. “They lead the team. We didn’t have that last year.”
Martin has improved as an individual on his strength, he noted.
“Mostly in the weight room, lifting a lot, getting stronger, staying in shape,” he said.
Martin also plays on defense, and he said the key is the defensive line.
“It all starts up front,” he said. “Our linemen are working hard and making plays.”
Martin doesn’t know a lot about the Mustangs’ opponent in the first round of the playoffs, the Burton Bendle Tigers.
“They’re going to run and they’re going to pass, I think,” he said. “They’re 60-40; they run first, then pass.”
Martin thinks he is going to have to do a lot of reading the Bendle defense to help Montabella win.
“I’m going to have to read the ends and watch out for trick plays.” he said. “They can’t get past me.”
Montabella and Bendle will play on Saturday.

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