Douglass High’s Demetrius Stinson struck early and often last Friday in a six-touchdown performance that earned him distinction as Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.
“This is a great accomplishment and an honor,’’ said Stinson, who carried the ball 17 times for 252 yards and four touchdowns in the Hurricanes’ 44-0 victory against Osborn. The 6-0, 210-pound senior also caught two passes for 79 yards, including a 70-yard TD, and returned a punt 70 yards for another score.
“That was probably my greatest performance as a player,’’ he said. “I just went out having fun and playing my game, and I ended up balling out.”
Stinson, a three-year starter for the Hurricanes, is listed as a running back on offense, but plays everywhere on defense from linebacker to safety to corner. “I can play pretty much any position on the field,” he said.
“He’s a great kid and a coach’s dream come true,’’ Douglass coach Al Demps said. “He’s a 3.5 (grade point average) student and he comes to practice every day with a workman’s attitude. You can’t ask more from your best player when he’s always thinking ‘What can I do to get better?’ You can’t replace a Demetrius Stinson. Athletes like him don’t come along every day. He’s to us like (Dennis) Norfleet (now a University of Michigan freshman) was to King last year. He’s invaluable to this team.”
With an eye toward the future, Stinson is keeping his college options open. Thus far, he’s attracted interest from several schools with one solid offer from Toledo. “It really doesn’t matter where I go. I’m just hoping that more offers come my way,” he said. “Right now, my plan is to graduate from high school, finish college and fulfill my dreams by playing in the NFL.”
Stinson was a key part of Douglass’ PSL Division II city championship team last year that was the first in the school’s history and reached the state playoffs also for the first time.
The Hurricanes entered this week with a 2-2 overall record and tied for second-place in the PSL East division with a 2-1 league record. Their lone league loss was against first-place East English Village.
“Last season’s city championship and making the playoffs was great for the school, but it put a lot of pressure on us,’’ Stinson said. “This year, everybody wants to come out and beat up on Fred D. But we’re still working hard and believing in ourselves and it’s showing on the field. We still think we have a chance to win the city championship and also to win the state.”
The Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week award is representative of the league’s top boys and girls athletes. The award is presented by the DPS Office of Athletics and sponsored for the third year in a row by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.
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