Putting a 'bounty' on Gorman QB Tate Martell doesn't seem like a good idea

Putting a 'bounty' on Gorman QB Tate Martell doesn't seem like a good idea


Putting a 'bounty' on Gorman QB Tate Martell doesn't seem like a good idea


Sep 9, 2016; Long Beach, CA, USA; Bishop Gorman Gaels quarterback Tate Martell (18) attempts a run while tackled by St. John Bosco Braves defensive back Tyrel Thomas (13) during the first half at Veterans Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports ORG XMIT: USATSI-326218 ORIG FILE ID: 20160909_kek_ak6_003.JPG

Bishop Gorman quarterback Tate Martell (Photo: Kelvin Kuo, USA TODAY Sports)

As if Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) quarterback Tate Martell needed more incentive for Senior Night on Friday, he might have received a boost from Durango linebacker Justin Williams, who tweeted he had been offered $100 for every sack of the Ohio State commit.

Williams has since deleted the tweet after the tweet was brought to Durango coach Matt Gerber’s attention.


According to Gerber, the player was offered the “incentive money” by his father for Friday’s game against the nation’s top-ranked team. It is unclear if the father was joking or trying to motivate his son. Gerber said after meeting with Williams, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior said it was simply motivation by Williams’ father and not meant to be interpreted as a “bounty,” as the tweet indicated.

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Last week Gorman (9-0, 4-0 Southwest League) held Desert Oasis to a mere 11 yards of offense in a 71-0 win, in which Martell completed 8 of 10 passes for 138 yards and two touchdown passes. According to NevadaPreps.com, Martell has completed 84 of 136 pass attempts for 1,402 yards and 22 touchdowns this season. He’s yet to throw an interception.

Here was Martell’s response:


Gorman, which has won 48 consecutive games, hasn’t lost to a Nevada opponent since 2008, having won 80 straight against teams from the Silver State. The average final score during the Gaels’ 80-game win streak is 56.7-7.9.

The Gaels have also won 10 in a row against Durango, including a 69-7 victory last season. During the 10-game win streak against the Trailblazers, the average final is 55-5.3.


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