Despite posting a 7-3 record this season, the St. Martin football team will miss out on the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
However, a playoff elimination didn’t stop the Yellowjackets last week, defeating West Harrison 56-21.
For any student athlete the last year of their high school career seems to be the most memorable. For St. Martin running back Jay McGee, he’s just happy to call himself a Yellowjacket. “You know, mostly every year leading up to this year, I was kind of behind my brother the whole time, but this time I kind of stepped outside of my box and shined out.”
He shined all right. McGee has racked up over 1,400 yards of total offense and 17 touchdowns. The most impressive part is that he’s done that injured. McGee has not practiced since week two as he’s dealing with injuries in both of his feet. St. Martin Head Coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead said, “If you watch the film or saw the games, you saw he wasn’t 100 percent. He still tried to go and we used him and he ran hard, but he just didn’t have the cuts or the explosiveness that he’s had.”
McGee fought through the pain in last week’s victory over West Harrison, rushing for over 170 yards and four touchdowns on just seven carries. But if you ask McGee, he’ll tell you that it’s not affecting him as much as you’d think. “At times it feels normal and at other times if I just make a wrong step or I cut too hard it’s going to hurt a little bit worse than the other time.”
It may be surprising to some that McGee suits up every Friday, but not to Head Coach Eddie Wayne Whitehead. “He’s very passionate about football. He’s passionate about winning. He comes from a strong football family, all of his brothers played, that’s what they excel in and that’s just always who he’s been. It just shows you how tough he is and how much it means to him.”
McGee and St. Martin will look to close out the season on a high note this Friday night when they host D’Iberville for their final game of the year.