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Former all-state RB opts out rest of high school season to focus on college prep

Former all-state running back and Temple commit Johnny Martin has opted out of the remainder of his senior season at Timber Creek.

First-year Timber Creek football coach Brian Wright said he received a text from Martin on Wednesday night, a few hours after Martin and the Chargers wrapped up practice for Friday’s 15-12 win over Delsea.

“He just texted me Wednesday night and said he was opting out to prepare for college,” said Wright. “That was pretty much the extent of it. I had no inkling he was even thinking about it. It is what it is. I wished him good luck.”

Martin posted three 1,000-yard seasons – including a 2,000-yard season as a sophomore when he was second-team all-state – at Highland the previous three years, though he missed the final four games of his junior campaign after being suspended for an off-the-field incident.

Martin transferred to Timber Creek for his final season. He played in the Chargers’ 21-0 opening-night loss to No. 7 Williamstown, gaining 45 yards on 14 carries and catching two passes for 16 yards.

Prior to the game, Wright talked about how engaged his new running back was in practice, even taking scout-team reps when he wasn’t needed on offense.

“He was awesome,” said Wright, who added the running game will be by committee without Martin. “I liked his mentality, but if his interest is elsewhere then we’ll focus on the kids we have that want to play.”

Timber Creek resumes its season Friday against Martin’s former team, Highland.

Martin didn’t respond to a text and call asking for comment.

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Bill Evans covers the West Jersey Football League. He can be reached at bevans@njadvancemedia.com

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Ann Arbor-area prep football roundup: Dexter QB Colin Parachek has career game, Milan finds identity vs. Huron

ANN ARBOR – It was a successful night of high school football for most of the Ann Arbor area teams in action Friday night.

Multiple teams came away with convincing victories in Week 4 of the season.

Checkout the roundup below to see how local teams fared Friday night.

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Ann Arbor Pioneer at Skyline High School football

Skyline’s Will Eliason (3) reaches for a long pass during Ann Arbor Skyline’s game against Ann Arbor Pioneer at Skyline High School in Ann Arbor on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.

Ann Arbor Skyline falls late at Tecumseh

Skyline needed to make one more play to pull out the win but came up short Friday night.

The Eagles game-winning field goal attempt was blocked as time expired as they fell to Tecumseh 22-21.

Skyline led 21-14 heading into the fourth quarter but a late touchdown and 2-point conversion by Tecumseh put the Indians ahead before blocking Skyline’s field goal.

Jordan Wilson led the way for the Eagles with a touchdown run and a receiving score and Marvin Cleveland added a 3-yard rushing score for Skyline.

The Eagles now sit at 1-3 on the season and will have another tough battle on their hands next week at Saline.

Tecumseh picked up its first win to move to 1-2 and will travel to Chelsea next Friday.

Chelsea rallies against Pinckney to stay unbeaten

It was nearly a shocking outcome Friday night, but Chelsea righted the ship just in time.

The Bulldogs scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to take down Pinckney and move to 4-0 on the season.

Read about Chelsea’s comeback win here.

Chelsea vs. Dexter football season opener

Dexter fans gather in the stands during Chelsea’s season opener against Dexter at Chelsea High School on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020.

Dexter runs away from Lincoln behind stellar game from Colin Parachek

The past three games Dexter has faced Ypsilanti Lincoln, its offense has managed to put on a show.

For the third year in a row, the Dreadnaughts scored more than 40 points against Lincoln for their third win in a row over the Railsplitters, this time 49-19 at home, led by star senior quarterback Colin Parachek.

The Dreadnaughts wasted little time getting going as Parachek found the end zone on a short run to put them ahead 7-0 in the first quarter.

Lincoln answered with a touchdown, but it was all Dexter from there as it answered with four more scores to take a 35-6 lead into halftime.

Parachek had another outstanding performance as he completed 27-of-33 passes for 384 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for another score.

Cole Cabana hauled in eight catches for 70 yards and a TD and Cal Bavineau caught seven passes for 101 yards and a TD and Brennan Parachek and Ty Rychener each caught TD passes.

Dexter improved to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in the Southeastern Conference White and will next host Jackson.

Lincoln dropped to 2-2