Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics
September 8, 2010 – The Detroit Public School League’s Proud Strong Learner of the Week is glad he learned his lesson.
“This means a lot to me,” Southeastern High senior running back Darryl Flemister, Jr. says of the honor. “Last year I made some bad choices and I didn’t get to play. But now I’m working hard. I’m listening to my coaches. I’m making better choices.”
After a year away from high school football, Flemister, a transfer from a local charter school, was raring to go last Friday in Southeastern’s 2010 season opener.
The 6-0, 185-pound senior tailback carried the ball 18 times for 183 yards and three touchdowns in the Jungaleers’ 26-6 victory against Osborn. He also scored a pair of two-point conversions.
“The competition in the PSL is a lot tougher, the best I’ve been around,” Flemister said. “I’m enjoying playing with my teammates because we have a good team. I think we can go all the way.”
Southeastern Coach Anthony Elliott sees in Flemister a youngster who is re-focused on doing what it takes to succeed. “He’s a good person and a good teammate,” Elliott says. “On top of that, he’s a special player.”
Flemister says his goal is “get my high school diploma, go to college and earn my masters and hopefully play football. If that doesn’t work out, I plan to be an electrical engineer.”
Although he hadn’t attended Southeastern before this fall, Flemister has always lived in the school’s district. He says it was the right choice to finally come home.
“At Southeastern, they’re willing to work with you,” he said. “They tell you things that let you know they care.”
Among several other worthy performances on the field last week, Renaissance High junior running back Christopher Norris was nominated after rushing for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in the Phoenix’s 29-0 shutout victory against Finney.