"I'm a north/south runner who likes to get up the field," said Powell (5-11, 180, 4.62). "I try to make plays when my team needs them. We had a great season last year, although it could have ended a lot better."
St. Paul's swept through the regular season with a perfect 10-0 mark and won its first two playoff games. The Wolves, however, encountered eventual state champion Acadiana in the quarterfinals and dropped a 41-20 decision to the Rams.
"Acadiana was a good team and our offense couldn't get going," recalled Powell. "It was 7-6 after one quarter and our defense forced five turnovers, but our offense wasn't able to move the ball."
Powell capitalized on his touches as a junior. For example, he rushed for 50 yards on only five carries with a touchdown vs. Karr, the Class 4A state runner-up. He caught a lone pass vs. both Northshore and Ponchatoula, but each reception resulted in six points. In the St. Paul's/Fontainebleau contest, Powell ran for 34 yards on five carries and reached the end zone twice.
"I knew my role," he said. "I was a role player and not the feature back. I made plays when I could. I'm used to catching the ball. Often, my catches came when I was playing slot."
"I like Louisiana Tech and I'd like to play for them," said Powell. "Jermaine has got me looking at SMU. He's been a good mentor for me, helping me out with recruiting and telling me what I need to know. I'd love to play with him again."