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November 4, 2013

Phoenix Player of the Week, honor roll and this week's schedule: Glimpses turn into bright light for Porter senior running back

The signs have been there all season long for Porter’s Darius Steele to have a big game for the Pirates.

Last Friday it happened as the senior busted up the Liberty defense for 373 yards and four touchdowns while also catching a 46-yard TD pass from Dean Van Vors in Porter’s 38-15 win, earning him the Phoenix Player of the Week honor for week nine.

“He’s had some good games for us,” said Porter coach Ron Coppedge. “He’s had several games where he’s rushed for over 120, 150 yards but never could break them. Friday, we were able to sustain some blocks and get him free.

“We also noticed some stuff on film that we took advantage of inside. The line did a really good job for him this week and once he was able to get to the second and third level, he was able to make kids miss.”

Steele owes credit for Friday’s outburst to several factors among which were his view of the field and the play of the offensive line.

“I was just focusing on looking at the line,” Steele said. “I could get a wide view and look for cutbacks so I could get more yards. A lot of the linemen go both ways and this week they stayed on their blocks.”

Coppedge was also quick to point out that while the Pirates sit at 2-7 on the season, 1-4 in District A-8 and eliminated from postseason possibility, Steele and the rest of his teammates are still treating every game as meaningful.

“We’ve always been in tight games except for a couple,” Coppedge said. “We’ve always felt like at some point during the game we could be successful. They keep working hard, showing up everyday and doing what we ask them to.”

This is the first and only season that Steele will be in a Porter uniform, having moved to Porter from Jenks prior to the beginning of the season. However, Coppedge knows about his senior’s lineage, especially when it applies to the Pirates’ program.

“Basically, he’s a Scarborough,” Coppedge said. “We’ve had some of his uncles and a lot of that string come through here.”

At 5-feet-10 and 160 pounds, Steele has the speed and the size that fits into Coppedge’s offensive philosophy. Steele also feels his style can be taken to the next level.

“I’m sort of looking to play Canadian football,” he said. “Or doing some walk-on camps at some D-II or D-I colleges. I will evaluate at the end of the season.”

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