Drake Harris a gifted athlete. This much no one can dispute. After his performance in Saturday's Division 3 state final, Harris has cemented his name in the record books forever, and he is only a junior.
Harris set the state record for receiving yards in a state championship game, with 243 on eight catches. He hauled in a 74-yard touchdown.
His season totals, well, those also found a place in the record books. Harris eclipsed the 2,000-yards receiving mark — setting the state record in that category — with 2,016 yards (120 yards better than the previous mark).
More impressive? He is only the 12th player in the nation to ever top 2,000 yards receiving in a single season.
He also had 91 catches and 23 touchdowns, good for fourth and second in state history, respectively.
Best news for MSU fans? He is staying with his commitment to the Spartans.
Another MSU commit recently received an offer from Michigan, but also said he is sticking with the Spartans — after his team won the Division 2 state title Friday.
Brother Rice linebacker Jon Reschke had nine tackles in the game and also recovered a fumble in the third quarter to lead the Warriors to the win.
Cass Tech's Deon Drake had a 30-yard touchdown run in the Technician's 36-21 win in the Division 1 title game. He had four carries for 61 yards.
Out-of-state commits advanced in their playoff games last weekend, too.
Shane Jones and Cincinnati Moeller moved to the Division 1 state finals in Ohio with a 26-21 win against Pickerington North. The win was sealed with a goal-line stand in the final minute of play. Jones had seven tackles and was named the AP Division 1 player of the year (along with two others, both Ohio State commits).
The Erie Cathedral Prep duo also moved on to the next round with a win in the District 10 Class AAA finals.
The weather was snowy, and the Ramblers kept the ball on the ground — making for a big game for Delton Williams.
Williams had a 2-yard touchdown run after setting the play up with a 49-yard run. He had a total of 65 yards on just six carries.
He also returned a punt 56 yards for a score and ran back a fumble for a 22-yard touchdown.
Damion Terry was 4-of-8 passing for 80 yards, but threw two touchdowns — of 15 and 35 yards. He also threw an interception, just his sixth of the season.
Terry now is 175-of-256 passing for 2,860 yards and 43 touchdown (80 for his career).
MSU commits named all-state in Michigan, Ohio
Prior to the state finals, The Associated Press all-state teams were released, and multiple Spartans made the teams.
In Divisions 1-2, Flint Carman-Ainsworth running back Gerald Holmes was named all-state, as was Reschke at linebacker.
Cass Tech offensive lineman Dennis Finley was named honorable mention.
In Divisions 3-4, Harris was named all-state at wide receiver.
Traverse City St. Francis linebacker Byron Bullough was named special mention in Divisions 7-8.
In Ohio, Warren Harding's Jalyn Powell was named an all-state safety in Division 1.