SoHi’s Martin named Player of Game at North South Football Classic

  • By Staff Report
  • Saturday, October 29, 2016 11:48pm
  • Sports

The Alaska Shriners 40th Annual North South Football Classic went to another level Saturday at The Dome in Anchorage, and Soldotna senior Bryce Martin was more than up to the task.

Instead of multiple games, the event was cut to one game in which each school around the state got one senior, then any additional seniors were chosen by committee.

Playing against and with the state’s best players, Martin, at 5-foot-8, 209 pounds, was named the Player of the Game from his inside linebacker position.

Martin led the South team to a 14-0 victory over North after posting double-digit tackles from his inside linebacker position, according to South and Soldotna head coach Galen Brantley Jr.

Brantley Jr. said Martin also had a key pass breakup on fourth down when it was still a one-touchdown game.

“He had a phenomenal game,” Brantley Jr. said. “That is an astronomical amount of tackles for a linebacker in any game.

“He had one of his better games against the best competition he’s ever played against.”

Martin was actually first-team medium-schools all state at offensive guard, but made his mark Saturday playing solely on the other side of the ball.

Brantley Jr. credited Jack Clouse of the Kenai-Soldotna Shrine Club for working hard to make the new format possible.

“I’ve heard nothing but positive things from coaches, players and Shrine members,” Brantley Jr. said. “It was a much better product for people to watch, and a much better product in film for college recruiting.”

The South team was made up of South, Dimond, Service and West, plus the Kenai Peninsula and Fairbanks. Kenai head coach Davis Lowery was an assistant on the South team.

The North team was made up of the northern Anchorage schools, plus the Matanuska-Susitna valleys and Southeast.

Also for Soldotna, Aseli Finau was on the defensive line and Jace Urban was in the secondary. Brantley Jr. said Finau made a couple of plays in the backfield, and Urban did not have a pass completed on him.

Kenai was represented by Chase Gillies and Jonathan Delgado. Gillies played in the secondary and also did not have a pass completed on him. Delgado played at left tackle and Brantley Jr. said he held up well.

Rhett Sieverts represented Seward, while Cole Sallee played for Homer.

“I know there weren’t a lot of points, but both teams moved the football and there were some big special teams plays,” Brantley Jr. said. “There were also some really big plays on offense that didn’t result in points.”

More in Sports

tease
SoHi JV cagers sweep CIA

The host Soldotna JV basketball teams scored nonconference wins over Cook Inlet… Continue reading

Karl Danielson, a 2018 graduate of Kenai Central, races to victory in the Under-18 and over men's 10-kilometer interval start classic at Besh Cup 4 on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. The Besh Cup races are mostly used to select skiers for Junior Nationals, but also give younger and older skiers a chance for top-notch racing. It took over 50 volunteers to put together the two days of races, which had over 200 skiers each day.
Kenai grad Danielson sweeps Besh Cup weekend at Tsalteshi

Tsalteshi Trails hosted the Besh Cup on Saturday and Sunday.

tease
Ice Dogs sweep Brown Bears

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs got off to a solid start under new… Continue reading

tease
Hoops Roundup: Wasilla sweeps SoHi; Ninilchik boys win Cordova tourney

The visiting Wasilla boys basketball team defeated Soldotna 66-60 on Saturday in… Continue reading

Karl Danielson, a graduate of Kenai Central currently skiing for Alaska Pacific University, wins the Under-16 and over sprint at Besh Cup 3 on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai grad Danielson wins Besh 3 sprint

Karl Danielson, a 2018 graduate of Kenai Central, won the Under-16 and… Continue reading

Kenai Central's Erin Koziczkowski goes up for a shot against Nikiski on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Nikiski High School in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai sweeps Nikiski Tip Off titles

The Kenai girls and boys swept the titles at the 30th Annual… Continue reading

Soldotna's Landon Stonecipher carries the puck against Homer on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022, at Kevin Bell Ice Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Homer, SoHi split hockey games

The Homer and Soldotna hockey teams split junior varsity games Friday and… Continue reading

tease
Kenai girls, Nikiski boys start tourney with wins

The Kenai girls, Lumen Christi girls, Bethel boys and Nikiski boys opened… Continue reading

Homer New reporter Sarah Knapp admires Alaska's beautiful landscape during a trip to Anchorage. (Photo by Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Out of the Office: Sticking to New Year’s resolution

I’m still trying to find out where I belong in Homer. You’d… Continue reading

Most Read