Stump Martin hon­ored in Se­nior Grid­iron Show­case

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

Play­ers from both the Metro Chat­tanooga area and north­west­ern Ge­or­gia came to­gether at Ray­mond James Sta­dium at East Ridge High School this past Fri­day night to take part in the Stump Martin Memo­rial Se­nior Grid­iron Show­case.

The ex­hi­bi­tion game, fea­tur­ing 2018 grad­u­ates, was held in me­mory of Marvin “Stump” Martin, who passed away on May 10.

Martin was the founder of the Ten­nessee-Ge­or­gia All­Star Foot­ball Clas­sic, which be­gan in 2004. Pro­ceeds from Fri­day’s show­case went to the Martin fam­ily.

Play­ers were di­vided into two teams, Team Stump and Team Martin, which were coached by area high school head and as­sis­tant coaches.

The only score of the first half came with 3.4 sec­onds left in the sec­ond quar­ter on a 2-yard run by quar­ter­back Ethan Barker (Se­quatchie County). The touch­down was set up by pun­ish­ing runs from Jaylin Rogers (Oolte­wah) and Trace Con­dra (Whitwell). C.J. Bond (East Ridge) added the ex­tra point to give Team Martin the 7-0 half­time lead.

With 3:01 left in the third quar­ter, Team Martin re­cov­ered a fum­ble at their op­po­nents’ 38-yard line and it just took one play to get in the end­zone. Barker did the hon­ors again, this time find­ing Jalen Pinker­ton (Brain­erd) on a leap­ing catch over a de­fender in the cor­ner of the end­zone. Bond would add the PAT.

Team Stump looked to get on the score­board in the clos­ing mo­ments of the game. They drove in­side the five late in fourth, but DeAn­gelo Reynolds (Hix­son) would come up with a third-down sack to push the ball back to the 11yard line.

Fac­ing fourt­hand-11, Team Stump would break through as quar­ter­back Jaylin Bowers (Tyner) hit Nick Capps (Mar­ion County) across the mid­dle for the TD pass. Bond, who kicked for both teams, would add the point af­ter with 2:24 left in the game.

How­ever that would be the last time that Team Stump would get the ball as Team Martin was able to run out the clock.

Barker was named the Game’s Most Valu­able Of­fen­sive Player, while de­fen­sive tackle Tracy Jus­tice (Tyner) was named the Most Valu­able De­fen­sive Player by the coaches. Con­dra was named as the over­all MVP of the game.

Look­out Val­ley is sched­uled to host the an­nual Ten­nesseeGe­or­gia All-Star Base­ball Clas­sic this Fri­day night at 6 p.m., while the an­nual Ten­nessee-Ge­or­gia All­Star Soft­ball Clas­sic is sched­uled for Frost Sta­dium in Chat­tanooga on June 19, with the dou­ble­header be­gins at 6.

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