When Indian River running back George Martin rumbled in from 4 yards out with 37 seconds left in the game against Delmar, it marked the second time this season that the junior scored the game-winning touchdown.
Two of the Indians’ four wins have been comebacks at home with the final touchdown come in the waning moments.
Martin also rushed for the game-winning touchdown against Milford on Oct. 16. Before that run, Martin had also hit a wide receiver on a half-back pass to set up his run.
In those two games, Martin totaled 219 rushing yards and five touchdowns.
The feeling of crossing the goal line when his team needed it most is inexplicable.
“It’s knowing that all the hard work paid off,” he said. “All summer, Gerald (Foreman) and I, we’re juniors, we have another year, but we knew we had to compete with these guys that are older than us and work hard.”
If there’s one thing head coach Phillip Townsend can credit Martin with, it is his non-stop working attitude.
He’s the first to hit the weight room, and the last to leave.
“What’s great about George, he’s got a focus,” Townsend said. “He’s got a focus to go to a good university.”
Martin hit his stride one he and fellow junior, Foreman, started sharing the ball.
The two are excited to learn from this season and come back better in the next.
Townsend shares the feeling.
“They supplement each other,” he said. “George is more of your ground and pound. Gerald is more of your speed back. It gives us more options on offense.”
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