Canton's Martell headed to Misericordia.

By: Chris Manning | Towanda Daily Review | February 12, 2018


For the past several seasons Canton linebacker Kaden Martell was haunting opposing offenses.

This fall he will be taking his talents to Misericordia to stalk the college ranks.

"I'm pretty excited to keep going with my career," said Martell. "It's going to be a good time I think."

Martell wanted to play in college but also wanted a school with physical therapy. Misericordia University fit both.

"I got the major that was very important to me," he explained. "I enjoy the coaches, they really took me in and made me feel part of the family."

The head football coach is Athens graduate Mark Ross and Martell said that was part of the allure, playing for somebody who played in the NTL as well.

"We have something to talk about," said Martell. "We have something to relate to with the NTL. We talk about the games that happen up here, it's nice to have someone that close that is also my head coach."

Athens graduate Aaron Barry is also on the team.

But it's not going to be easy, making the jump from small school football to Division-III.

"I am obviously going to have to work very hard," explained Martell. "I'll play where the coaches think I fit best at depending on how hard I've been working."

Martell was first team all-state as a junior and as a four year starter he has a school record of 335 tackles, so the performance and experience is there. It will just be a matter of getting him up to speed at the collegiate level.

"It will be a lot different," said Martell. "It's a lot faster and the linemen are a lot bigger. It's going to be a bigger challenge."

However, he won't have to play offensive line, something he did at Canton.

"I can focus on just one position," said Martell.

They also run a 4-3 scheme, the same as most teams in the NTL, and Martell feels other NTL players can have success for the Cougars.

"Most definitely."