With less than two minutes left in the first half of the Bishop Gorman / Servite game last week, Bishop Gorman had yet to find the endzone on offense. The Gaels led 7-6 on the strength of a punt return for touchdown by super sophomore Tyjon Lindsey.
Then Bishop Gorman unleashed Marty Football on Servite. Tate Martell took over in his own territory and after failing to find the endzone on offense during the first 22 minutes, Martell and Bishop Gorman put up 41 points in the next 22.
At 5'11 and 185 pounds with a quick release, magician like escapability, and the balance of a pro surfer, the quarterback comparison for Martell is incredibly easy. If you didn't get a chance to see Johnny Manziel play high school football, you will the next three years as Martell torments defenses.
Like Manziel, Martell makes the exciting play look routine, yet both can make plays from the pocket. Martell can make defenders look helpless in the open field, or he can hit an out route or a go route up the sidelines with touch.
Martell was an early offer and commitment to Washington. As a sophomore, his career at Bishop Gorman is just getting started. Good luck trying to slow this kid down the next three seasons; Servite couldn't.
See Tate Martell put on a show in the FOXS Sports West / Prime Ticket CIFSS Ford Game of the Week:
FoxSportsWest.com's Prepzone live streams four games per week on Friday nights in addition to the game of the week on television. Here is a look at the schedule and Prepzone archives: