He heard the snap, he felt the pain. Then the right side of his body went numb.
And yet, here's what was going through Trent Martin's mind: "There's got to be a way I can keep playing.”
"If I could have had it my way, I would have tried,” said the Jenks linebacker, who broke his leg in the fourth game of last season. "I was worried I was going to be out for the season. When I found out I needed surgery, I was pretty devastated.”
But hardly content to miss the entirety of the 2009 season. Martin had the surgery the following Tuesday, a plate and seven screws inserted into his fibula. And then he set his mind on a return.
First round of the Class 6A playoffs, there was Martin, racking up tackle again for the Trojans.
"It was so good to be back,” said the 6-2, 225-pounder. "Mainly to be part of the team out on the field again, but also so I knew my whole junior year wasn't wasted.”
Even with missing six and a half weeks, which limited him to 21 tackles on the season, Martin has already done enough to earn a scholarship to Tulsa.
One thing's for sure, regardless of how much time Martin spent on the sidelines last season, toughness isn't an issue. Upon returning to the field, Martin broke the plate in his leg, yet he played out the season before having it removed.
His leg fully healed, Martin already knows he doesn't have to wonder how the bone will hold up.
"We just got back from team camp and I think I'm already better than I was,” said the 18-year old. "One thing about having to stand on the sideline, I got to learn more about the position and see mistakes and learn off of that. So, that part was a good opportunity.”
But that was the only part. Standing in street clothes and watching his teammates on Friday nights left Martin just short of a frenzy.
"Hated it,” he said. "It was like watching your little brother get in a fight and there's nothing you can do about it.”
As driven as he was to get back on the field last year, Martin is even more so when it comes to his expectations for his senior campaign.
"Last year I was hyped up and with that injury I didn't get to show my full potential,” he said. "So this year, I will live up to what I'm expected to be and more.”