Southwestern High’s two-way standout Marino Waters named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

    Southwestern High’s unbeaten football team is built around team play on both sides of the ball, and no one has characterized that more than fullback-linebacker Marino Waters.
     With 11 carries for 105 yards and one touchdown to lead the offense, and 11 tackles, including a forced fumble, on defense, Waters’ two-way impact in the Prospectors’ 29-0 shutout victory against Osborn last Friday has earned him recognition as the Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
    “Marino is a hard worker on the field and in the classroom,’’ Southwestern Coach Andre Harlan said of his 5-9, 205-pound senior. “He’s not into individual stats. All he cares about is winning. He puts team first and is the epitome of a good football player.”
   Waters’ ability to set the tone for his offense and defense is a big reason the Prospectors have outscored the opposition 68-6 through the first three games of the season.
    “I like running the ball and blocking for my quarterback, and I also like tackling people,’’ said Waters, who also delivered three pancake blocks out of the backfield against Osborn. “I like hitting the most. When I make a big hit, it feels like a relief.”
     A Math buff with a 2.8 grade point average, Waters said he’s leaning toward joining the military after he graduates from high school but hasn’t ruled out the possibility of playing college football. He missed all of last season with a left knee injury that required minor surgery, but said he has made a full recovery.
     “I had a couple of schools looking at me before I hurt my knee, so I still might try to play in college if I get the chance,’’ he said.
     Of being named the Proud Strong Learner of the Week, Waters sounded surprised. “I appreciate it and I’m thankful for it,” he said. “I didn’t expect an award. I was just trying to help my team win.”

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