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Martin, Perryman Will Face Off As Patriot League Foes
It’s ironic that two close friends, two captains of the football team and two players who have played with or against each other since they were 10-years-old will have the opportunity to continue that friendship/rivalry in college.
Plano Senior senior C.J. Martin, who signed with Holy Cross Wednesday, and senior Wes Perryman continue the rivalry Nov. 3 when the Crusaders host 2007 Patriot League champion Fordham, where Perryman will play.
Though Perryman is playing on the defensive side of the ball, his Rams will be aware of the former Plano middle linebacker.
“I’ll make sure they know to keep an eye on him,” Perryman said. “He’s one of the best linebackers I have ever seen. He reads the offense well, his technique is amazing and he studies so much film; he is just a smart football player. He’s like a Zach Thomas or Junior Seau guy where they just know where to be all of the time on the field.”
Knowing where to be helped Martin compile an assortment of statistics over his three years on the Plano defense.
Martin finished his career with 249 solo tackles, 72 assisted, eight sacks and 26 tackles for loss. In his senior season, the captain added a forced fumble and two interceptions. His final interception sealed the Wildcats victory over Spring Westfield in the playoffs. “I think the hard work and preparation my entire life has helped me to become a better leader,” Martin said. “I always stayed after practiced and watched extra film, and it made me a better player.”
As for Martin’s decision to sign with Holy Cross, he said it was simple.
“When I went up there the campus and coaches and everything was perfect,” Martin said. “Plus the opportunity to beat Wes again made it appealing.”
Martin says he is 4-1 against Perryman. On Sept. 20, Holy Cross will also travel to face Harvard, where former Wildcat Ryan Burkhead plays.
Rival rematch for Martin
By Cory J. Mageors, Staff Writer