It wasn’t just George Martin’s feet that helped Indian River come back and win against Milford on Friday. He used his arm, too.
The running back took a pitch to the right late in the fourth quarter, and hurled a 30-yard completion to Deshawn Aiken.
Two plays later, Martin rumbled in from 5 yards out for his third touchdown of the game, giving IR the 22-18 win.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound back has a complementary balance of power and speed, rushing for three touchdowns and 138 yards.
While the stats show Indian River should have run away with the game, Martin and IR’s other two running backs helped salvage the win, improving them to 3-3 and 3-0 in the Henlopen South.
It’s not that Martin made the only difference, but rather him sharing the ball with fellow backers Gerald Foreman and Isaiah Morris.
“Between me, Isaiah and Gerald at the beginning of the year, we weren’t really sharing the ball,” Martin said. “We were being really greedy with it. Now we’re all rotating in and we want whoever is fresh. To win, we needed the best guy in at the time.”
Martin said he and the other three realized that their 80 percent wasn’t as good as the other’s 100-percent effort.
Head coach Phillip Townsend said it’s really made a difference in the three-game winning streak.
“That’s great right now,” Townsend said. “We got three stud backs. You have George Martin, Isaiah Morris and Gerald Foreman, and all three of them are playing together right now, and they’re not selfish.