SALEM, N.H. — Forget the rain, forget the cold and forget that he was covered, head to toe, in a thick layer of mud. Jason Martinez was the happiest man in the state of New Hampshire last night.
“I love this!” Martinez said with a smile, looking up into the rain. “This is great, it’s like playing backyard football when I was a kid. This was my last game, and to go out like this is pretty amazing. We wanted to prove ourselves out there and we did it.”
Martinez and his Blue Devil mates made quite a statement in their 2013 finale.
After falling behind by seven points on the first play of the game, Salem surged back to score the next 50 points and rolled to a 50-21 victory over Lawrence High in their Thanksgiving eve matchup last night.
“Coach (Rob Pike) told us the turkey was going to taste a lot better if we won this,” said tight end/linebacker Austin Homsey. “After so many losses, it feels so much better to go out with a victory. Jason did his job tonight and was just great.”
Martinez, a senior, closed out his career in tremendous fashion.
The running back finished the night with an eye-popping 222 yards on just 19 carries, 209 of those yards and both of his touchdowns in the first half as the Blue Devils built a 35-7 lead. He also caught a 48-yard pass to set up another score. He carried just twice in the second half.
“I sure felt like I was (in the zone),” said Martinez. “I just felt amazing. We wanted to show Massachusetts that New Hampshire can play some football too, and it worked out pretty well.”
Lawrence started with a bang, as Rainier Almonte took a handoff on the first play from scrimmage and broke free for a 56-yard touchdown.