Big-play Iowa City West cruises past Southeast Polk in opener
Oliver Martin has 2 TD catches, TD pass in victory
IOWA CITY — Oliver Martin didn’t disappoint in his senior season debut.
Iowa City West’s highly touted receiver made big play after big play — especially when the Trojans needed it the most.
Martin had 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns, threw for another score and made a crucial fourth-quarter interception as West posted a 42-17 win over Southeast Polk Friday night in the season opener for both teams at Trojan Field.
Southeast Polk cut the deficit to 28-17 midway through the third quarter and got the ball back after an interception. But Martin silenced the second-half comeback quickly, cutting in front of a pass to make his own interception at midfield and returning it to the 23-yard line.
Four plays later, Martin took an end-around handoff, planted his feet and made an easy throw to a wide-open Devontae Lane for a 17-yard touchdown that put the game away.
West (1-0), which recovered from an 0-4 start last season to make the playoffs, showed it’s more than just Martin.
Senior Matthew Huff ran for 172 yards and a TD on 21 carries.
Quarterback Evan Flitz looked sharp in his first-ever start after winning the job in fall camp. The junior threw for 256 yards and three touchdowns, completing 17 of 23 passes (74 percent).
Lane had 76 receiving yards and two scores.
The Trojans jumped out to a 21-0 lead with a few big plays from Martin.
On West’s second possession of the game, Martin made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch on a 40-yard toss from Flitz. The junior quarterback connected with Devontae Lane for a 7-yard touchdown two plays later.
After West forced a quick punt, Martin came down with a leaping 44-yard pass in double coverage. Later, Flitz found Martin on an 11-yard slant pass for a score at the end of the first quarter.
Huff capped off a 93-yard drive with a 5-yard TD run in the final minutes of the second quarter.
West’s Andre White added a 64-yard touchdown run in the final two minutes.