• John Macon Gillespie

Meridian's Martin Brothers Ready To Work

The Meridian Wildcats experienced some of the best of times and some of the worst in 2015.

After starting 0-3 they pulled a surprise by beating eventual 4A champ Noxubee County by a final of 28-0. They would go on to defeat the likes of Brandon, Gulfport and Oak Grove. However, they fell short to Petal in the 6A South State final.

The losses were frustrating due mostly to the vast amount of talent on the team. That notion was echoed a few weeks ago when the Wildcats saw Raekwon Davis, Quiny Lenton and Zaire Jones each sign with schools in the SEC. Daniel Crowell, Julius Turner and a host of others signed to play in college, as well.

With all that talent departed new talent will emerge this fall. Two names that you should be familiar with are junior Mack Martin and sophomore Curt Martin. Mack missed all of 2015, but could help on either side of the ball next season. While Curt will look to make a splash as a receiver.

Both brothers will be attending the Fortius Project at Petal High on March 5th.

“I’m just ready to show off what I can do. I’m ready to compete,” Mack explained. “I want to improve on everything.”

Curt echoed what his brother had to say, he is also eager to compete.

“Ready to do one-on-ones against some of the best. Ready to show off how fast I can run in a 40,” Curt said.

Each brother feels that their ability to catch the ball and their route running will be what impresses others most about their individual games.

Like his older brother, Curt is seeking to get better in every area, but he also wants to strengthen some of his already strong areas.

“Vertical and speed and I will be working on my catching and route running more,” Curt said.

While Mack will be a senior next season and Curt will be a junior, it will be the second varsity season for both, but their first together.

“It feels great to play with your brother,” Curt explained.

Work is the main focus for the Martin’s. That is their answer to a lot of things and Curt explained that was a quality that Mack passed down to him.

“He likes to work so I have to work,” Curt said. “Our relationship is very close.”

Looking ahead to next season Curt and Mack have one answer to how their team and they will make improvements.

“Work, work, work,” the Martin’s said.

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