Xavier Martin, Joppatowne, football

Q&A --

October 01, 2006|By Bill Free

Joppatowne senior tailback Xavier Martin enjoyed his finest moment in high school football Sept. 22 when called on by coach Bill Waibel to be the team's quarterback after the starting and backup quarterbacks went down with injuries the week before. Martin ran the ball seven times for 199 yards and had three touchdowns, throwing just one pass, in a 41-21 victory over North East.

Was that your first start at QB in high school?

Yes, it was my first start. I had played some QB in our first preseason scrimmage against Loyola.

What went through your mind as you prepared for the game?

I just knew I had to go in and get the job done. I had to be focused and have a good week of practice and everything like that.

What about throwing just one pass?

I didn't mind. It keeps the team in order. I didn't mind; it brings senior leadership to the quarterback position and to the offense.

Did you enjoy playing quarterback?

It was fun, a lot of fun. Being in the huddle and calling the shots. Telling people this play and whatever. I knew what to do, kind of. I didn't have any notepads taped to me. I just studied the playbook harder and learned what the receivers and running backs had to do. I studied a little harder than usual.

Do you want to play college football?

Of course. That's been my dream since the ninth grade because I wasn't allowed to play pee-wee ball because my mother was afraid I'd get hurt.

What's your biggest moment in high school football?

That game last week against North East. [Martin averaged 28.4 yards a carry and ran 80, 56, and 6 yards for touchdowns.]

What's your time in the 40?

4.48 [seconds]. I'm known mostly for my agility. I do well in three-cone drills.

What colleges are looking at you?

William and Mary, Maryland, Towson, Temple and Central Florida.

Were you impressed by Matt Stover's 52-yard field goal that beat the Cleveland Browns on Sunday?

Hey, that's why he's in the NFL. There's no luck in the NFL, if you ask me.

What is it you like most about playing football?

The camaraderie and the relationships I have built with the players on my team. And I have a great coach. [Waibel] teaches me the fundamentals, which is important since I had a lot of catching up to do because my mom didn't let me play football until the ninth grade.

How good is Joppatowne (2-1)?

We've got a long way to go. I'll be going back to tailback as soon as people get healthy. That doesn't disappoint me. That's what I wanted to do anyway because I wanted to be rotated at different positions [halfback and Z-back].

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