Pettaway Impresses in Defeat, Talks Michigan

STORY: South Lake (Mich.) 2016 RB Martell Pettaway discusses his latest Michigan visit inside.

ST. CLAIR SHORES, Mich. -- 2016 running back Martell Pettaway did everything but kick the ball last Friday night.

But a kick is what South Lake (Mich.) High needed, as the Cavaliers lost in overtime 22-21 to Lakeview (Mich.) High.

Pettaway tied the game with a 2-point conversion with a minute remaining to force OT. He would then put South Lake up 21-15 on 10-yard touchdown run with their first possession of overtime. However, the Cavaliers' kicker missed the extra -point.

And it would prove costly, as Lakeview would score a play later and win the game on a made extra-point.

"I tried to step up for the team as best I could," Pettaway said. "We tried to come back, we was down in the fourth, we scored, overtime – things went bad. They made their field goal, we missed ours."

Despite the loss, Pettaway still came through when his team needed him the most.

"I told coach I wanted the ball in the crunch time," Pettaway said. "I was going to get in the end zone for the team. I did the best I could do. I got in. It's unfortunate we came up with the loss."

South Lake (3-2) will next play host to Clawson (3-2) this Friday at 7 p.m.


While Pettaway didn't come away with the win Friday night, his recruitment is off to nice start in his first varsity season.

He was recently on Michigan's campus when the Wolverines took on rival Notre Dame, and said he came impressed with the "Under the Lights II" game day festivities.

"I made it up there," Pettaway said. "It was nice game. I love the atmosphere they had up there. I just loved it all. The playing style, the coaching – I just loved it up there.

"They had all the legends there, with all the special appearances. I took it in. It was good."

At 5-foot-11, 195-pounds, Pettaway has yet to receive his first offer. But has been in contact with Michigan and Michigan State early on in the recruiting process. He said he plans on attending MSU when they take on Michigan on Nov. 2. He also said he plans on heading back to Ann Arbor when the Wolverines take on Ohio Sate on Nov. 30.

In the meantime, he said would like to get back on Michigan's campus to soak in Wolverine practice for the first time.

"I just want to see how they practice. I haven't really got to see how they practice as a team. I want to see how they work together."

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