Darius Garrett was selected The Daily Home Player of the Week for his performance in Pell City’s 10-7 win over Chelsea on Friday night.
It’s the second week in a row Garrett has earned this honor.
“I am happy about being selected as Player of the Week again,” Garrett said. “We didn’t score that many points, but we did what we had to do and kept them from scoring on us. It was our last game, so we went out there and did what we had to do to close the season out right.”
Garrett was the bell cow for the Panthers for the second straight week. The senior rushed for 214 yards and a touchdown on 35 carries.
After being held in check in the first half, Garrett rushed for 170 yards in the second, including a 60-yard touchdown in the third quarter that proved to be the game-winner.
Garrett said adjustments made at halftime made that play possible.
“We were doing some zone left and some zone right plays,” Garrett said. “Coach told me to slow it down a little bit and let the line move around because the backside will be open. That is how I scored the touchdown and started to get the extra yards. I was just waiting, being patient and getting to the backside.”
Garrett saved the best performances of his career for his final two games. Garrett rushed for 518 yards and five touchdowns in his final two outings in black and gold. He had a sensational performance in a 40-30 victory over Shades Valley on Oct. 26, rushing for 304 yards and four touchdowns on 23 carries. He also had four receptions for 78 yards and returned three kickoffs for 82.
Even though the Panthers finished 4-6, Garrett said it was a memorable campaign for him.
“This season has been great,” Garrett said. “I had fun playing with all the players that I got to play with because they are great players. They were great to me and they helped me out. These last two weeks, I was focused on what I had to do to help me be a better person and show out (on the field).”
Pell City head coach Wayne Lee was pleased with the way his senior running back stepped up when the team needed him to Friday night.
“Darius ran hard all night,” Lee said. “He had a bunch of tough yards. He broke the long touchdown when we needed it and he was able to pick up some key first downs to keep their offense off the field.”
Garrett said he will spend the next few months preparing for an opportunity to play on the next level.