It had been awhile since Drake Martinez had gone into game mode.
For the past few weeks, the recently-graduated Laguna Beach High athlete has been logging practice time at both Estancia and Corona del Mar, putting in his final hours as a prep football player. That career, and what a career it has been, will culminate Friday when he plays for the South in the Brea Lions Club Orange County North-South Prep All-Star Football Game.
The 54th annual event kicks off at 7:15 p.m. at Orange Coast College's LeBard Stadium.
Friday marks the second all-star football game since the start of the year for Martinez who graduated from Laguna Beach on June 20. In February, he played in the Canyon-Coast Classic. That annual all-star game puts 32 prep players from Arizona against 32 players from California's Southern, Los Angeles City and San Diego sections.
The Orange County All-Star Game presents Martinez the opportunity to play one final prep game in the county before he takes his game, and studies, to the University of Nebraska.