Powell Ready to Make His Mark

Markell Powell shared carries in the backfield for a 12-1 St. Paul's team in 2010, and he's ready to make his mark as the feature back for the Wolves this fall.

Markell Powell only carried the football 45 times in 2010, but he made the most of his opportunities, averaging close to eight yards per carry and scoring seven touchdowns for St. Paul's.

"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."

To date, Powell hasn't heard much from colleges, but he's interested in Louisiana Tech and SMU. Senior teammate Jermaine Sams signed with the Mustangs last week.

"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."


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