(WTVM) - By Kim Smith
His motto is never give up and hit as hard as possible.
Calvary Christian's running back Anthony Santiago is 5 feet 11 inches tall, weighs 208 pounds, and is ready to run over whatever is in front of him.
"His main thing is I want to run you over," said Head Coach Brian Osbourne. "I don't want to side step. I'm the better guy, I want to run you over and get the end zone."
It's a lot of ferocious power packed inside a very humble guy who just wanted a shot at playing football..
"I just saw how much fun the guys were having on Friday nights and I decided I just wanted to play," Santiago said.
It's on Friday nights where Santiago continues to shine. Santiago is the Knight's leading rusher, even when the box is stacked. He's determined to find a way, just ask the guys blocking for him up front.
"He's always giving 100 percent always the first to thank his line and we really do appreciate that," said offensive lineman Stephen Galloway.
But Santiago's determination doesn't just come from the field. He grew up in a military family, and Santiago lost his birth father at a young age. However, his stepfather Hector has been there every step of the way pushing him and inspiring him every day
"He's a great worker, never gives up and is the most determined man I've ever seen," Santiago said. "He is my inspiration. He keeps me where I am right now."
And it's the same relentless attitude that Santiago carries with him on the field, pounding away to help will his team toward their first state title.
"We just need to come out and have the best game of our lives," Santiago said. "It's just plain and simple and Sherwood won't stand a chance."