Drake delivers hits

High School Football

Martinez, who had quite the career for Laguna Beach High, competes in all-star football game Friday at OCC.

June 27, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Coastline…)

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.


"I thought this game would be a good opportunity for me to get in some football before I leave," Martinez said. "It's been a great experience so far. [The South has] great team speed."

Martinez is a big part of that speed package the South possesses. He had re-written the Laguna Beach High football book in several categories, and his play on the field, both in the offensive and defensive backfields, has left lasting impressions.

South Coach Scott Meyer knows well of the talented Martinez. Meyer, the head coach at Corona del Mar, saw Martinez up close and personal last year when his Sea Kings met the Breakers in the semifinals of the 2011 CIF Southern Section Southern Division playoffs.

Martinez, the Orange Coast League's 2012 football MVP and a 2012 All-CIF Southern Section Southern Division selection, is listed on the South roster as a defensive back, but Meyer said the 19-year-old also will see time in the offensive backfield.

"I sure do remember him," Meyer said. "He was impressive then, and he's been really impressive this year. Drake is really athletic and is big and physical. He can do so much. He flies around and covers so much ground at defensive back. He's going to get some carries on offense, too."

Martinez will add a big dimension to the spread offense that Meyer, who favored the scheme at Corona del Mar, has implemented for the South.

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