HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne quarterback Messiah DeWeaver was presented a Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl jersey on Thursday morning at Wayne. The game will be played at 9 p.m.(EST) on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016 at the Stub Hub Center in Carson, Calif. and will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1.
DeWeaver, who has signed with Michigan State University and played for three years at Trotwood-Madison, said it will be a great experience to play in California.
“It’s fun — it’s a blessing,” said DeWeaver concerning the recognition. “I always dreamed about being an All-American and playing in an All-American game…I can’t wait.”
Sgt. John Morones, the U.S. Marine Corps representative for Wayne High School, said he loves to recognize kids who are “actually going above and beyond for what they do in their community.”
“It’s all about what the Marine Corps represents — what we do is never given, it’s always earned and this young gentleman has definitely earned — he’s actually going to be All-American and represent the Marine Corps like this,” said Morones. “I wish him the best of luck.”
DeWeaver becomes the third All-American in football following in the steps of Braxton Miller who is a former Wayne quarterback playing at The Ohio State University and linebacker Marcus Freeman, who played in the NFL for a year after playing at OSU. Freeman is now the linebacker coach at Purdue University. Miller played in the Under Armour All-American Game while Freeman played in the Army All-American Game.
Wayne head football coach Jay Minton said it’s a blessing that DeWeaver is playing at Wayne.
“I just think it says a lot for the young man and what hard work and dedication that he’s had throughout his career,” said Minton.
Minton said that DeWeaver has great arm strength and great leadership skills. He said that much like Miller and Freeman, by the level of his play, he makes everybody around him “just a little bit better.”
Minton said that DeWeaver is a 4.0 student and is a better person than he is a player.
“That’s what thrills us the most,” said Minton.
DeWeaver and the Warriors have won their first two playoff games, defeating Reynoldsburg 56-14 and Springboro 52-21.
“It’s going good right now,” said DeWeaver concerning the playoffs. “So, we’re just trying to take it day by day and win each day at practice so when Saturday comes, we’re all on the same page and we can win.”
Minton said that DeWeaver, who during the regular season completed 115 of 179 passes for 2029 yards, 22 touchdowns and two interceptions, has had an excellent performance in the first two playoff games, throwing for over 300 yards in each of those games.
“He’s given us everything he’s got,” said Minton. “I think he’s going to be better in the weeks to come, hopefully we get to keep playing.”
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