CLOSER LOOK: Santiago QB Michael Darr

Michael Darr completed 22 of 35 attempts with one interception and four TDs, but it wasn’t enough as Santiago lost 43-31 on Friday, Aug. 24, 2012. / Photo by TERRY PIERSON for The Press-Enterprise

Take a closer look at Corona Santiago senior QB Michael Darr and you’ll see more than the best arm in the Inland Area…

You’ll see a player with a deep desire to win.

Darr is in his third varsity season at Santiago after transferring from Centennial in 2009, where he was somewhere around the fourth-string varsity QB.

In fact, FOMB was there for his first-ever varsity appearance, which was already eagerly anticipated given his pedigree.

He completed one pass for three yards in that game (it was the only pass he completed all season), but has been among the Inland Area’s best ever since, passing for 33 TDs entering his senior season.

Darr had his best statistical season as a sophomore, passing for 19 TDs and more than 2,000 yards. The Sharks didn’t make the playoffs that season but did in 2011, when he passed for just 14 TDs and 1,700 yards.

And although Darr stormed off the field without comment following the Sharks’ 43-31 loss to L.A. Crenshaw in Week 0 last Friday, Crenshaw’s coach, Robert Garrett, had some candid things to say about the prodigal QB.

“We know he was a good player. We didn’t know nothin’ else about him,” Garrett said. “We know he was a hell of a player. We wanted to play a good team and we knew he would make some good plays, and he did. He’s still a good player although they (the Sharks) come up on the short end.”

It’s hard to disagree with anything Garrett said. The truth is, Santiago has not lacked for offense or points the last two seasons. Where the Sharks do lack, however, is that they allow points with a consistently porous defense.

So Darr can want to win as badly he wants, but he’s not going to throw 5-7 TDs in every game to make up for that which Santiago lacks. And let’s face it. He’s not playing in a defensive backfield… ever.

And if the money’s right, he probably will not play football again after this season.

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