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He finally reached his destination Friday night.More than a half century after watching his first high school football game, Martin completed his personal quest to see every AHSAA school play football when he watched Central of Clay County beat Childersburg 33 18.He now unquestionably Alabama No. 1 high school football fan.starting stringing for the newspaper, said Martin, who worked for The Gadsden Times, Tuscaloosa News and Birmingham News in his long career. didn imagine anything like this at first. longtime newspaper journalist, Martin covered his first game when The Gadsden Times assigned him to cover Cedar Bluff against Gaston on Oct. 28, 1961. Cedar Bluff won the game 6 0.Some years later, the challenge to see every high school play at least once Saucony Omni 16
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Mr. Martin and his quest, Herron said. is an incredible feat and we are glad to be the team that finished his challenge. walked the sidelines, kept statistics and wrote summaries for most of the games. Many were published by newspapers but in later years, he kept the information for himself. In the past few years, his health made keeping stats impossible.
began tugging at his heart. He made a list of schools he had already seen, followed by a list of those he had Reebok Aztec White
not seen. His bucket list eventually included more than 450 high schools and more than 300 high school stadiums.And he also set up some ground rules. What were they?had to see each game in its entirety, he said. I didn get to a game before it started, or if I left before it ended, I couldn count it. close friend, Chris Drago of Mobile, joined him in his quest a few years later and the two have traveled an estimated 150,000 miles across the state to places such as Valley Head in DeKalb County near Chattanooga, Newbern in Hale County to visit Sunshine High, now closed Coffeeville in Clarke County, Rehobeth in Houston County, and an unending list of destinations.The journey has taken Martin to all of Alabama 67 counties and to more than 500 games.wish I could have deducted the miles on my income tax, Martin joked.The AHSAA currently has 386 football playing high schools. When the current classification period began in 2012, the total was 389. Heading into this season, Martin had seen all but two Ramsay in Birmingham and Central of Clay County.Martin planned to see both schools in 2012, but health problems caused him to postpone until 2013. In 2012, he did see St. Luke Ellwood Christian and Prattville Christian for the first time.Ramsay began playing football in 1930 but discontinued the sport after the 1976 season. The Rams resurrected the sport in 2012. Martin, who never got the chance to see the Rams before 1976, caught them earlier this year in a Sept. 20 game versus Homewood.Central of Clay County is a new school formed by the merge of Clay County and Lineville. It opened in 2012.saw both Clay County and Lineville before, said Martin. actually saw them play each other in the Class 2A state championship game at Legion Field in 1996. Central is a new school, and my Saucony Chicago Kinvara rules I imposed wouldn let me count that game as seeing Central. Principal Jay Hooks said his school was honored to have Martin finish his quest at John Cox Stadium. am amazed he has seen all the schools, Hooks said. were thrilled to have him at our game. of Clay County football coach Kris Herron had similar sentiments. had heard about Reebok Navy Sport Shoes
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