King senior running back Martell Pettaway named PSL Proud Strong Learner of the Week

Chuck Johnson
Media Information Director
DPS Office of Athletics

King High senior running back Martell Pettaway was an unstoppable force last Friday in the Crusaders’ 41-0 victory against Denby and has been named the Detroit Public School League Proud Strong Learner of the Week.

Pettaway, a 5-10, 210-pound transfer from St. Clair Shores South Lake, carried the ball 18 times for 275 yards, including touchdown runs of 80, 75 and 32 yards, to help the No. 1-ranked Crusaders remain unbeaten with a 4-0 overall and 3-0 league record.

EEVKingfootball2015 395“He’s a very strong back with excellent speed,’’ King coach Dale Harvel said. “He also has great vision and that allows him to get out in the open field where he’s able to use his speed.”

Pettaway has a 3.6 grade point average and, as one of the state’s top college recruits, has committed to West Virginia University.

He’s following a King football legacy established by his older brother Devinne, who was a senior defensive standout on the Crusaders’ 2007 Division 2 state championship team. Just months before graduation, Devinne collapsed at school and died tragically from an enlarged heart.

When the family made the move back to Detroit, it just seemed logical that Martell would enroll at King.  He has a chance to follow in his brother’s footsteps by leading the Crusaders’ march toward a state championship this year.

“Martell is a great kid from a great family,’’ Harvel said. “It was just ironic that his family chose this year to come back to Detroit and for him to come to King. We’re happy to have him back.”

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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