Simpson eyes state title for DePorres

Carlos Simpson expects to have a promising college football career. But first, the Detroit St. Martin DePorres quarterback wants to fulfill the dream of quarterbacking a team to the state football championship.

Simpson and his DePorres teammates take a 7-1 record into the Detroit Catholic School League finals this weekend.

Simpson quarterbacked the Eagles a year ago when they had a 6-3 record during the regular season and went 3-1 in the playoffs before losing in the state semifinals.

DePorres' only loss so far this year was to Dearborn Divine Child.

"We should be 8-0," Simpson said. "We had a bad week of practice. Everyone didn't come to play."

By contrast, the Eagles stunned Detroit Catholic Central, ranked No. 1 in the state, during the first half of the season, easily the top highlight for DePorres so far this season.

"We had one of our best weeks of practices prior to that game," Simpson said. "Everyone came to play."

With the regular season winding up, DePorres will watch the Michigan High School Athletic Association's announcement Sunday of the pairings for the five week-eight division playoffs. But Simpson makes it clear that his team wants nothing less than a 5-0 performance in the playoffs. DePorres won the state title in Division 7 in 2001 and will find out Sunday if it will play in that division or Division 8 for the playoffs.

"We just have to take it one game at a time and make sure our next game isn't our last until we play at the state finals," Simpson said.

Last year, Simpson threw for 1,878 yards and 19 touchdowns.

"Defenses are focusing on me more this year," he said. "I had more rushing yards my first three games than the whole season last year. My passing yardage could be better. Defenses keep trying to keep the ball out of my hands as much as possible."

In his second varsity season as high school quarterback, Simpson likes the way he's been using his strengths to get the job done."

"I'm a good leader," he said. "I'm comfortable at the position."

Simpson expects to be recruited and sign with a Division I team but won't worry about that until the season is over. He's had some feedback from Syracuse, Iowa, Western Michigan and Eastern Michigan. He wants to attend a school, he said, that has a strong architectural program.

On the football side, "I'd like to play for a team with a good winning program," he said. "I'd also like to play for a team as a freshman."

Simpson, who will play basketball at DePorres, has played football since he was eight.

"It's been a long-time dream for me to play college football," he said. 

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