Both Darrin Williams from Martin Luther King High School and Brendon Kay from Marine City High School ended their high school careers in style on Friday by winning state championship in Michigan.
Williams' King High School became the first of Detroit's Public School League teams to win a state football championship. King trailed Midland 21-7 early in the third quarter and Darrin Williams was held to fewer than 50 yards rushing in the first half before the 5' 5" dynamo broke loose. Williams scored twice in the second half on runs of 30 and 15 yards and ended the afternoon with 162 yards on 25 carries. He also caught three balls for an additional 24 yards.
When Bearcat Insider spoke with Williams on Saturday morning, he was still very upbeat about the win. "I don't know what was happening in the first half, our offensive line usually does better than that, but after the pep talk at the half, we came out and everything was different. It was great." Darrin was often slow to get up after carrying the football and left the game on a couple of occasions. "My leg was hurt, but I don't think it's anything serious. I kept playing." Although not nearly as big as the famous Cleveland Brown running back, Jim Brown, Darrin's slow climb to his feet reminded me of the NFL Hall of Famer. Darrin also knew of Jim Brown's running style. "My coach told me about him and how he was slow getting up. There's no reason to be in a hurry."
Later that night on the same Ford Field turf, Brendon Kay led his Marine City Mariners against an excellent squad from Detroit's Country Day High School. Country Day had two stars in running back Jonas Gray, who is headed to Notre Dame, and linebacker, Kenny Demens, who will be a Michigan Wolverine, but Brendon Kay and his teammates slowly took command of the game and won by a 21-7 final score.
Kay did not have the kind of game he's enjoyed throughout the season. A separated shoulder in the second quarter hurt his performance. "I got hit out of bounds in the second quarter and separated my shoulder. I'll have it checked after the swelling goes down."
Even with the injury, Kay was able to contribute in all three of Marine City's touchdowns. He was 9 of 14 passing for 145 yards and two scores. He also ran for a touchdown on a 1 yard quarterback sneak. Altogether, the three year captain ran 10 times for 25 yards.
Williams and Kay Star in State Championships
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