Renaissance running back Dwight Harvey named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

Running back Dwight Harvey led Renaissance High’s ball-control offense last Friday in a critical 27-14 Detroit Public School League football victory against Cody and has been named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

Renaissance football PSLER of the WeekHarvey, a 5-10, 190-pound senior, ran a career-high 20 times for 154 yards and a touchdown to help Coach Tony Elliott’s Phoenix keep their PSL playoff hopes alive with their first victory against the Comets in quite a while.

“It was a big win for us because it keeps us in the running for the city playoffs and also because we hadn’t beaten Cody in seven or eight years,” Elliott said.

“Dwight gave us the kind of game we needed from him. He helped us control the ball with our running game. He kept moving the chains with a lot of key first downs.”

Harvey is one of the team captains and boasts a 3.6 grade point average. This is his second year on the varsity and his talents appear good enough to earn him a chance to play beyond his high school years.

“He combines speed and power with good vision,’’ Elliott said. “He’s been our starting running back since last year when he averaged 10 yards a carry and scored 11 touchdowns.

“He’s been getting some interest from Division 2 schools, and a couple of 1AA schools might also come in the picture. He’ll likely play somewhere because of his quickness and competitiveness and he’s an excellent student.”

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 is sponsored by Detroit-area McDonald’s owner-operators.

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