Martin football experiences a resurgence after a move to 8-man

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Martin football huddles up during a practice (WWMT, Luke Edwards)

From 2008 until 20-13 Martin Football didn't win a football game. They endured a 56-game losing streak over the course of six seasons.

Flash forward to the end of the decade and the Clippers have their sights set on a state title. Head coach Brad Blauvelt wants to add some hardware to the trophy case, but knows they have to go week by week.

"The next step is winning some trophies in the playoffs that's our goal right now. It starts with this week. One week at a time." Blauvelt said.

The Clippers are experiencing a resurgence and for the first time in program history they finished the regular season unbeaten. A feat that Ethan Gillihan and his teammates are proud to etch their name in the Martin record books.

"It's never been done and we have got a special group of kids here that have done of it and we're just proud to be a part of the community and part of the history books really, it's nice." Gillihan said.

In the era of school of choice, the Clippers are all homegrown in Martin and that is a something they don't take lightly.

"That's probably means the most to me. The seniors where the first class I ever had when I started teaching eight years ago. So, they all hold a special place in my heart. It's been special for sure." Blauvelt said.

Like many schools with smaller enrollment, Martin, made the move to eight-man football, but they change came with skepticism.

"I think people were a little skeptical before we switched. I think now that we switched, even my parents were saying that you can't even tell the difference it's just a football game. senior linebacker Jakob Conley said.

"They have been super supportive. We couldn't ask for any more really. The winning helps, but yeah I think they sat back and waited to see what it's all about, but it's still football." Blauvelt said.

With the support of the community, the Clippers hope to continue this magical run.

"We just got to go one game at a time. Our region is tough, we have to take care of Bellevue first and then we will get on down the road here." Blauvelt said.