Multi-threat Martinez earns Bay County’s offensive nod


Bozeman’s Jacob Martinez passed and rushed for more than 1,000 yards and accounted for 31 touchdowns.

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Published: Saturday, December 15, 2012 at 07:00 PM.

SAND HILLS — It’s often difficult to pick out Jacob Martinez on the football field even when he’s not wearing a camouflage jersey. He’s that blur of shoulder pads and wears No. 5 for those with not-so-great eyesight.

Martinez capped a successful career with flashy statistics in 2012. He rushed and passed for more than 1,000 yards in leading Bozeman’s offense that averaged 35 points per game. He joined Rutherford’s Dallas Davis and Mosley’s Zach Rhodes as top quarterbacks in Bay County last season.

But none accomplished what Martinez did as a senior. His stats, intangibles and leadership earned him The News Herald’s Offensive Player of the Year nod after he paced Bozeman to an 8-3 mark and a playoff berth.

Martinez was able to flourish in an offense with not only solid, but healthy compliments. His progress was stunted as a junior with key injuries to James Jernigan and Kris Kenney, which sapped depth and allowed defenses to key more on the 6-foot quarterback. Jernigan and Kenney were back this year and the addition of Jovani Bell, David Elmore and Tommy Cook as additional options helped loosen the reins around Martinez.

Martinez was second in the area with 1,181 yards passing and added 1,007 on the ground. He threw for 12 touchdowns, rushed for 17 and returned a kickoff and a punt for a score for 114 points to lead the area. He credited those around him for making him stand out.

“Our offense was wonderful this year, our offensive line did an outstanding job, they always had holes open for me,” Martinez said. “Our wide receivers were all good athletes, all could catch the ball, they made my job so much easier.”

Bozeman coach Loren Tillman echoed Martinez’s praise, saying he allowed the team to have success amid his lofty numbers.

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