Tyson bids to keep CC undefeated

It's showdown time between two state powers today when Detroit Catholic Central and Detroit St. Martin DePorres put their 2-0 records on the line.

But likely to make his presence felt on defense is Division I prospect Darnell Tyson, the 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back-defensive end from Catholic Central who, according to one Detroit paper, plays like a "miniature Lawrence Taylor."

The top-ranked team in the state and two-time defending state champions, have come out strong with an outstanding defense, led by Tyson.

"We want to continue to dominate on defense," Tyson said. "We say defense wins championships."

Tyson's role has changed with the Shamrocks this year.

"I'm more of a leader this year," he said. "We have a lot of leaders on defense"

As a defensive unit, "Our reaction time is good," Tyson said. "We just need to get 22 guys together. We're all very confident."

Win or lose against DePorres, Catholic Central faces tough competition down the road.

"We have to take it game by game," he said. "We have to pull together as a team."

Tyson played on a state championship team that was arguably the best in the state last year.

"From last year, I would say our defense has improved a little bit," Tyson said. "Our offense is more explosive. We have more speed defensively and offensively. We have leaders on this team.

"Our line is strong. Our team speed is better this year. We can dominate more this season."

Schools throughout the Midwest and some in the Mid-American, including Toledo, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan, are showing interest in Tyson.

Before he decides on a college future, Tyson wants to stay focused on helping the Shamrocks win another state title.

"I need to worry about playing the season out," he said. ‘I want to stay focused on the season and keep focusing on what I have to do. I don't want to look too far ahead."

When the comparison to Lawrence Taylor comes up, Tyson just grins.

"It feels good to hear something like that," he said. "I've gotten some good coaching. And I've been blessed with the ability to play football. I thank God for that everyday. Being compared to a Hall of Fame football player makes me feel good."

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