Since first taking the high school stage as a freshman at Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School, Messiah deWeaver has been part of some great seasons while also playing a lot of football.
Saturday afternoon deWeaver will look to lead Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne to their first state championship against defending state champ Lakewood St. Edwards.
“I’m excited to know I’m ending my high school career in a state championship game,” said deWeaver. “We’re looking to finish it off with a win against a very good team.”
For deWeaver playing in the postseason has become second hat.
“This is my third state championship game and last year I finished in the Final Four,” he said. “I’ve played a lot of games and it’s ending the right way. This is how you want to go out. I’ve played in over 50 games during my high school career and it’s been a blessing.”
This year was one of change for the future Spartan with a change in high schools and change in style of play. What has he learned for his new experiences?
“I’ve learned Division One football is more physical,” he stressed. “It is a lot like Big Ten football as it’s very physical. I’ve also learned to read coverages better and to know when to throw the ball away. I feel I’ve become a better quarterback this year.”
Because of the success Wayne has enjoyed this season deWeaver has not been able to catch too much of the Spartans. But he’s been getting updates.
“I wasn’t able to catch any of the Penn State game as we went to Mason High School early,” he said. “But I learned that Jack Allen had scored a touchdown when I went into the locker room, so I knew we were doing good.”
Living in the heart of Ohio State country, deWeaver saw some people early question his decision to become a Spartan. Has the team’s success this season helped him feel even more comfortable about his decision?
“I’ve been telling people all along that I believed in these coaches and what they were doing,” he said. “They’ve just proved it every week by what they’ve done. So I was committed when I was committed and the success they are having now hasn’t changed the way I’ve felt about Michigan State since then.”
Saturday the Warriors will kickoff around 3:00 p.m. allowing for deWeaver to finish his senior season and catch the Spartans in action on television. How excited is he about the weekend?
“Getting a chance to watch my other team after our game is exciting,” he continued. “Hopefully, they also get a win and it would be a great weekend to see Michigan State as the Big Ten Champion and Wayne as the Division One State Champion.”
So far this season deWeaver has been a big reason the Warriors enter the state title game with a perfect 14-0 record. On the year, deWeaver has thrown for 2,754 yards completing 158 of 258 of his throws (61.2%) for 30 touchdowns while also rushing for three more scores.