Crockett star linebacker picks Wisconsin

Nicholas Sutton's dream as a linebacker for Detroit Crockett was very clear this season: lead his team to the Division 5 state championship.

But Erie-Mason had other ideas concerning that goal.

Crockett was considered the favorite for the Division 5 state title before losing 7-6 to Erie-Mason Saturday. The season ended for Crockett at 9-2 while Erie-Mason, 11-0, advances to the regional finals this weekend against Goodrich at 8-3.

"We underachieved and fell below our potential," said Sutton, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior who has verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin. "I felt I had probably my best season in all my years of playing football."

Sutton is excited over the progress he made at his position this year.

"I've gotten faster and I have a better nose for the football," he said. "I'm reading my keys better." Crockett was 8-1 during the regular season and Sutton had high hopes that Crockett would be playing in the Pontiac Silverdome the weekend of Nov. 28-29 in the state championship games. Against Erie-Mason quarterback Prentiss Williams scored on a 22-yard run for Crockett with 6:46 left in the first half, but the kick failed. And the missed kick would prove to be fatal for Crockett.

Erie-Mason responded with a touchdown. Running back Dan McCorquodale snagged a 48-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Aaron Roelfs and Matt Loth's kick proved to be the difference.

"We had a breakdown in coverage on that pass play," Sutton said. "Offensively, we couldn't move the ball. We had it six times inside their 30 and only scored once."

Sutton said he picked Wisconsin over Michigan State and Minnesota. He made his decision earlier this week.

"I liked the atmosphere with Wisconsin football," he said. "The program is up and coming. And feel I can go there and contribute."

Sutton will be playing linebacker or strong safety on the college level. Now that his high school season is over, it's time to prepare for college football

"I'll be lifting weights and focusing on my academics," he said.

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