Joseph Martin’s mother knew her son wasn’t cut out for baseball when she saw the kindergartener picking flowers in the outfield.
So she signed him up for football.
The move turned out to be a wise one. Martin stayed with the game and the 17-year-old is a four-year starter for the Green Sea Floyds Trojans.
Martin, who plays on both the offensive and defensive lines, said he loves the battle in the trenches.
“I always wanted to hit somebody,” the senior said. “I figured I might as well take my anger out on somebody.”
During Martin’s time at Green Sea, he’s watched the team go from a perennial bottom-feeder to a playoff contender.
“It’s a confidence-booster really,” he said. “I know that we’ve always wanted the chance to win state championships. … Coach [Donnie] Kiefer tells us every day [to] just work hard and eventually we’ll get to the state.”
Martin said his favorite football moment came last fall when the Trojans used a trick play to pull off a last-minute victory in the opening round of the playoffs.
“It was a great feeling,” he said. “I didn’t think that they were going to pull it off.”
Apart from his performance on the football field, Martin has posted impressive showings in weightlifting competitions, putting Green Sea on the map.
He said his power and ability to read defenses are his greatest strengths, and he would eventually like to use those at the college level.
Martin said some of his opponents underestimate his abilities. They think he’s too small to stop them — until it’s too late.
“What they don’t know is I average like 10 pancakes a game,” he said. “They don’t know how hard I hit until I go out there and show them.”