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MASON, Mich. (WLNS) – Monday was a big day at Mason High School as seniors AJ Martel, BJ Miller, and Nick Saade put pen to paper to continue their academic and athletic careers playing football at Hope College.
Martel finishes his Bulldog career as the all-time leading rusher in Mason Football history with 635 rushes for 4,704 yards and an average of 7.4 yards per carry. He finished second in school history in all-time career scoring with 454 points and 74 touchdowns. Making the way for Martel was Miller and Saade on the offensive line. The Bulldogs trench game was one of the best, clearing the way for 4,855 yards rushing and 5,480 yards passing for 1,097 points scored. Miller and Saade not only blocked for Martel during their time at Mason High School, but their history also goes back to elementary school, which made them all taking their talents to the same school even more special.
“It means everything you know,” Martel said. “You build that bond at high school, and I trust those guys with my life pretty much during the game and now I know I’ve already built the bond with them so to take it to the next level, I’m going to feel pretty comfortable running the ball at Hope.”
“My best friends are coming with me to where I’m going to go and play football,” Saade said. “I’ve blocked for AJ and blocked to the side of Brennan and done all my drills with Brennan and it’s exciting to go there, so we already have a head start on that brotherhood that I’m going to try to develop while at Hope College.”
“I just kept going back to Hope,” Miller said. “I visited there probably five or six times and I even have some family out there and some past teammates. It is just a great place to be. I want to say I saw it coming, but I didn’t know about the other two, but it’s a great thing and we even have some guys up there already, so we are about to turn up in Holland.”