By Thomas Sellers Jr.
MURFREESBORO – For the second time in as many years Millington Trojan Demarius Curry made the trip to the medal stand in the Middle Tennessee State University Track Stadium.
Last year, Curry finished fifth in the High Jump. This year Curry’s 6-foot, 2-inch leap was good enough for eighth. The presentation of his medal capped off a decorated athletic Trojan career for the diminutive speedster.
During his time at Millington Central High School, Curry played defensive back, receiver and returner for the football team. The winter meant Curry going indoors as a point guard. Then in the spring he hit the track for Head Coach Jonathan Edwards practicing in several event.
When this past August rolled around, Curry missed most of the summer workouts with his football family because of his National Guard duties. Then he suffered an ankle sprang just before the season kicked off.
“It feels good to be back on the medal stand because I went out with a bang,” Curry said. “My year started off rocky at first, but I finished like I was supposed to.”
Never 100 percent during the football season, Curry was still quarterback Eldon Tyms’ go-to guy. Despite facing double team coverage, Curry was one of the top receivers for Millington helping the Trojans reach the second round of the playoffs.
“I’m a play maker,” Curry noted. “You have to watch out for me. I demanded respect from coverage.”
Curry left the gridiron and went straight to the hardwood to play for Trojans. His quickness, leaping ability and timing made his a starter at times for Head Coach Rob Sabau.
“I’m a defensive player,” he said. “I always wanted to bring energy to the floor.”
Finally Curry would have a platform for his natural abilities to shine in Trojan track. And the graduated senior acknowledge, he depended on natural gifts to reach State twice.
“I don’t practice that often,” he said. “I had no marks. It was whatever looks good, I’ll go out there and jump it.”
Now Curry’s time as a Trojan is in the books. His plans for this summer is to work, do AIT and then walk-on for Memphis Football.
“I hope someone give me another chance to prove myself again,” he said.
As for his legacy at Millington, Curry said he wants to be remembered as one of the best “little” guys to wear the black and gold.
“I feel like I was one of the best athletes to come through Millington,” he concluded. “Mainly because of my size. I’m 5’6 and half. I earned respect.”