It was a David vs. Goliath matchup, and unfortunately for St. Martin’s David Pearl’s Goliath was just too strong.
St. Martin was 6-5, fourth place in MHSAA 4-6A and ranked 66 in the state according to the website MaxPrep. Pearl was 12-0, the winner of 3-6A and ranked third.
Thus it is not surprising that the Pirates won 55-14 in the opening round of the playoffs.
Despite the loss, St. Martin coach Eddie Whitehead is upbeat about his team’s future.
“We have all of our kids coming back,” he said. “We wanted to take a step by making the playoffs. We didn’t want to go out like this, but our kids played hard.”
Junior Ham McGee, the Yellow Jackets’ top offensive threat with 1,354 yards coming into the game, was in on only a few plays.
“He was banged up all week. He didn’t practice” Whitehead said. “He had a foot injury and he broke his hand last week.”
It didn’t take Pearl long to get its offense in high gear. On the game’s opening possession, Jake Smithhart hooked up with Johnquarise Patterson for a 49-yard touchdown pass on third and 27.