DePorres eyes state championship effort

Detroit St. Martin dePorres, considered by some as the best team in the state, goes for the Division 8 title Friday against Beal City and one of the finest players in the state will be putting his high school career at an end.

Eric Hines, DePorres' 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back, has helped the team to a 12-1 record and Friday's match up against Beal City in the Pontiac Silverdome.

"I'm pretty happy with the way we're playing," Hines said.

The sweetest win for DePorres was against Detroit Catholic Central, which will be going after the Division 1 championship Saturday afternoon against Utica Eisenhower.

"We all came to play in that game against Catholic Central," Hines said

Hines is a three-year starter, who has already committed to play at Michigan State

"I think I'm playing better than I did last year," he said. "I started out the season fast. I've been playing cornerback, along with safety. I like it, but safety is more challenging. You have to read everyone and know what they're doing."

"He's really physical at the line of scrimmage," said DePorres coach Greg Carter.

"My quickness and my tackling ability are pretty strong."

A year ago, DePorres failed to win another state title. That's a fact that's been weighing heavily on Hines' mind for a long time."

"We want the state championship back," he said. "I was on the team that won the state championship two years ago. I think this team is better. We're coming together. We did a lot of things during the summer to get ready."

Hines will start preparing for a career at Michigan State University when his high school days end. He's encouraged by the turnaround in fortunes the Spartans had this year and realizes he'll have plenty of challenges in order to be ready for an NFL future.

"I need to get stronger mentally and physically," he said. "I think I can play right away."

Hines has displayed offensive skills in past seasons but still enjoys playing defense.

"My freshman year, I played running back on the JVs," he said. "My sophomore year, I move to defensive back. I like it there. I can do a lot of hitting."

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