Amidst all the remarkable plays in week ten, Martin Corte, a senior running back from St. Michael Catholic School, was a cut above the rest.
In a thrilling game that concluded with a 55-54 win in overtime against T.R. Miller High School, Corte showcased a stunning athletic display, rushing for 187 yards and scoring a whopping six touchdowns. But in receiving the honor, the star running back was quick to highlight the team effort. “I think it was more of a team performance like my offensive line, they were the one to open up the holes for me, them, the wides, the receivers, everyone really just blocked the tail off and opened the holes, and I cut and got to open field.
His outstanding contribution to the game wasn’t restricted to just the offensive front. Coach Simon Cortopassi of St. Michael’s was quick to emphasize, “It was a great time to probably have the game of his life, you know, six touchdowns and 180+ rushing yards, I think another 60 receiving. And he played another 50, 60 snaps on defense, too.” Beyond Corte’s athletic prowess, Coach Cortopassi highlighted his dedication, especially during the off-season, where he took to the weight room, encouraging his teammates to become “bigger, stronger and faster.”
For Corte, being recognized as the Player of the Week was more than just an accolade. “I mean, it’s awesome. I haven’t won many awards, so it’s pretty cool,” he said, visibly elated. David Greene, representing Greene & Phillips, presented the award to Corte for his outstanding performance. “He is a fantastic young player… Congratulations to you from Greene & Phillips. You’re the player of the week,” Greene stated, emphasizing Corte’s significant achievements in the game.
This win wasn’t just a personal victory for Corte. It also marked a historic moment for St. Michael Catholic School, securing their spot in the playoffs for the first time in the program’s seven-year history.