Gray's two-yard run with 1:32 remaining in the third quarter, cut Marine City's (13-1) lead to 14-7.
Things might have been different for Detroit Country Day (11-3), had Gray been 100 percent. Twice he was caught from behind on 30-yard gains.
"I think if I'm healthy, not taking anything away from that team or their defense, as far as their preparation, but it's a total different game," Gray explained. He'll wrap up his prep career at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, Jan. 5. "Another thing, what it is to, I just don't see how they can prepare for a guy like me on film, because throughout the playoffs I was averaging 200 yards per game."
Gray's availability for the state championship game was questionable throughout the week, but the 5-foot-11, 214-pound four-star running back practiced for the first time on Thursday.
"Day after day it was getting better," he said. "I practiced Thursday and I wanted to see how I felt the next morning. And I felt good."
Notre Dame assistant coaches Corwin Brown and Mike Haywood are in Beverly Hills, Mich., today to visit Gray.
***Darius Fleming and St. Rita (10-4) clinched a Chicago city championship last Friday, beating Morgan Park, 31-7 at Soldier Field. It was the third time, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end/linebacker has played at the home of the Chicago Bears.
It was a nice way for the four-star Fleming and his teammates to end the season, after losing earlier this month in the second round of the state tournament. The defense forced six interceptions in the win.
"I just tried my best to get to the quarterback," Fleming said. He had six tackles and a sack. "We had great pressure. All four of us on the defensive line had a sack. The defense played great as a group.
"I'm also the snapper on the punt team, and I was running down the field and the punt returner was calling for a fair catch so I stopped, but he muffed the punt and I almost had it but it went out of bounds. I should've had a touchdown."
Fleming said that Notre Dame assistant coach Rob Ianello is coming to see him this week. He is making his official visit to campus for the team's banquet on Dec. 8.
***Joseph Fauria had touchdown receptions of 40 yards and 23 yards in Encino (Calif.) Crespi's 48-26 victory over national powerhouse Santa Ana Mater Dei, in Pac 5 Division quarterfinal play, last Friday night.
The 6-foot-7, 250-pound, four-star tight end and his Celts (10-2) teammates advance to play Anaheim Servite in the semifinals this weekend.
Crespi jumped out to a 24-0 lead, forcing three turnovers and two three-and-outs. Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley, a Notre Dame recruit and top player in the recruiting class of 2009, struggled out of the gate, completing just 2-of-10 passes for 23 yards and an interception, before finally finding a rhythm. But it was too late.
***In a battle of two 13-0 Minnesota powerhouses, receiver Michael Floyd and Cretin-Derham Hall lost to Eden Prairie, 50-21 in the Class AAAAA state title game at the Metrodome.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound, five-star Floyd had three receptions for 85 yards. Eden Prairie only had 240 yards of total offense for the game, and trailed 36-21 at halftime.
***Michael Golic Jr., and his Northwest Catholic teammates are playoff bound.
On Thanksgiving Day, the Indians (8-2) beat Plainville (5-5), 36-12, securing a Class S playoff spot as a No. 4 seed. It was their sixth win in a row.
The 6-foot-5, 265-pound, three-star center helped protect for quarterback Dean Spence, who was 9-of-14 passing for 226 yards and three touchdowns. One of his completions was a 32-yard strike to 6-foot-5 inch tight end Jake Golic, an Irish recruit, setting up a score while the game was still in doubt.
***Jamoris Slaughter had a 51-yard touchdown reception, and the safety helped lead a stingy defense in Tucker's 56-10 domination of Northwest Whitfield, in the second round of Georgia's Class AAAA state tournament.
Tucker (12-0) will face Bainbridge in the quarterfinals on Friday.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound, four-star Slaughter and his teammates are going after the school's first state championship. They held Whitfield to just 122 yards of total offense, and Tucker is winning games this season by an average of 37-8.
***Defensive tackle Omar Hunter and No. 1 Buford (13-0) pitched a shutout, beating Darlington 41-0, advancing to the Class AA Georgia state quarterfinals for the ninth-year in a row. The Wolves will face No. 2 Charlton County on Friday night, in a battle of unbeaten teams.
The 6-foot-2, 297-pound, four-star Hunter and the Buford defense held Darlington to 118 yards, and have only surrendered seven points over the last five games.
***Without four-star quarterback/safety Dan McCarthy, top-ranked Cardinal Mooney (14-0) still had no problems in the Ohio Division IV state semifinals, defeating Pleasant 28-0. They will play Coldwater in the state championship on Saturday.
***Without five-star defensive end Ethan Johnson, who has missed all but one game this season with an injury, Lincoln (6-6) lost to West Salem, 28-21, Saturday afternoon, in Oregon's 6-A state quarterfinals.