Pettaway Dazzles in Varsity Debut

2016 RB Martell Pettaway ran for 257 yards and 3 TDs, as South Lake defeated Lake Shore, 33-13, Thursday night. Plus, Pettaway discusses schools of interest, including his thoughts on Michigan, Michigan State and his favorite team growing up and more.

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. -- South Lake (Mich.) High sophomore running back Martell Pettaway had a varsity debut to remember.

And if it was a movie.

It would be a box office hit.

Pettaway put on a dazzling display of spins, bursts and long runs on his way to 257 yards with 23 carries and three touchdowns, as the Cavaliers (1-0) defeated rival Lake Shore (0-1), 33-13, Thursday night.

"I wasn't nervous. I mean you have a little butterflies," Pettaway said. "I had to come out and do what the team needed me to do for us to get this victory. I had to get it done."

At 5-foot-11, 195-pounds, Pettaway used his natural running instincts to get himself out of scrums, and it was generally with his elusive spin-move.

"It's an instinct," Pettaway said. "It's been with me for a while. It's an instinct. It's not an every play thing. It's just on a certain play when you need an extra yard, you know?

"That's what you got to do if you want to be a running back. I mean, when the play breaks down you can't give up. If I can break a tackle and get some extra yardage – I'm going to do what I have to do."


Currently, Pettaway has no offers as of yet. But is already getting considerable interest from Michigan and Michigan State. He is planning a visit to East Lansing today to checkout a Spartan practice with his teammate Keyonta Stallworth, who is a 2015 OT and considered a heavy MSU lean.

"I want to see how the coaches are," Pettaway said. "How the team plays as a team. I want to see how the whole unit comes together and how they do their thing."

On Saturday, Pettaway is expected to visit Michigan for their home opener versus Central Michigan.

"I just want to have fun," Pettaway said on his visit to Michigan. "I'm going to look for how the team plays. Like everything how my team played today, like how (Michigan's) lineman block. How the running backs cut through the hole. How the coaches show them how to get where they got to go."

Childhood Favorite

Growing up in Michigan, most kids either choose between Michigan or Michigan State. But in Pettaway's case, he chose a different team from the Big Ten.

"Ohio State," Pettaway said. "That's the team. I don't really know why, but the team every year come out consistently just winning. And the program has a strong leadership base. That's just what I like about them. The coaching staff seems like it is good. So yeah, that's what I have been rooting (for.)

"I haven't (heard) anything from Ohio State, but I'm hoping."

Moving Forward

In the meantime, Pettaway is focused on having an encore to his game one performance.

"Practice makes perfect. It starts at practice. What you do in practice you do in the game. And that's my motto – there is plenty more games to come."

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