Family and friends gathered around Martin’s football team as first-year coach Travis Farris addressed players after they beat Bellevue 34-14 to end a 56-game losing streak.

Clippers beat Bellevue to end historic losing streak

By: 
Jason Wesseldyk

Martin’s non-league football contest at Bellevue had to be pushed back a day from Friday, Sept. 5, to Saturday, Sept. 6, due to the strong storms that ripped across lower Michigan.
For the Clippers, the extra wait was well worth it.
Led by the offensive heroics of Brandon Buell, Martin posted a 34-14 win over Bellevue to snap a 56-game losing skid that had been the longest active streak in the state.
Buell finished with 177 yards and four touchdowns on 25 carries to go with a receiving TD of 30 yards as he played a role in all five touchdowns scored by Martin. He also led in tackles with 11.
“It was a great game,” Martin coach Travis Farris said. “We broke the streak. Things are changing around here.”
The victory was the first for Martin since a 46-0 triumph over Eau Claire in an opening-round playoff game Oct. 26, 2007. For the record, that was a span of six years, 10 months and 11 days.
And it wasn’t just the football program that was feeling the weight of “the streak,” according to Martin athletic director Robert VandenBerg.
“This has taken a load off not only the football program, but the entire athletic department, school and community,” VandenBerg said. “The amount of pressure was unbelievable. It’s just a huge sense of relief. It’s really kind of hard to describe.”
And the community couldn’t wait to show their pride in the team.
As the bus arrived back in Martin, it was greeted by a fire truck that acted as an escort for a parade around town. Then an estimated 175 people gathered in the high school gym for an impromptu pep rally.
“To see the way the community came out and supported those kids is awesome,” VandenBerg said. “Those players have been working so hard and to see them finally have something to celebrate was great. It

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