Matt Messmer isn’t the star of Carey High School’s football team, but
he certainly plays a pivotal role in the success of the Blue Devils. The senior running back has rushed over 300 yards on the year and has
scored a handful of touchdowns in helping Carey roll through the first
half of the season without a loss.
Matt Messmer isn’t the star of Carey High School’s football team, but he certainly plays a pivotal role in the success of the Blue Devils.
The senior running back has rushed over 300 yards on the year and has scored a handful of touchdowns in helping Carey roll through the first half of the season without a loss.
“I just play hard and do whatever I can to help the team,” said Messmer, who scored on a 5-yard TD run in last week’s 42-0 victory over Fostoria St. Wendelin. “My line does a great job of opening up holes. I have to give them a lot of credit.”
Messmer is part of a Carey offense that has had its way with opponents, an offense that is churning out around 355 yards per outing.
Most of the damage is done on the ground as the Blue Devils have a stable of strong running backs, including senior Derek Stock, who has 11 TDs and over 600 yards.
In a Sept. 19 victory over St. Wendelin, Carey rolled up 329 yards as it crushed the Mohawks. Stock scored twice in the win on runs of 3 yards and 4 yards. Five different players scored in all as the Blue Devils picked up an easy win.
Carey head coach Todd Worst gives much of the credit for the success of the offense to the line.
“Those guys up front do a great job of blocking,” Worst said. “We wouldn’t be as successful offensively if we didn’t have a line that opened things up for the running backs.”
Carey made the playoffs in 2007, its first postseason appearance since 2003, and that has raised expectations for 2008. The Blue Devils finished 8-3 a year ago and saw their season come to an end in a 35-14 loss to Ayersville in the opening round.
Messmer said he and his teammates are determined to make this season even better. Messmers has pushed himself to be a stronger runner this year, noting that his work in the offseason has played a big role in his success.
“I worked real hard, lifting and running, and I feel like it’s paying off,” Messmer said. “This is my senior year and I want to make the most of it.”
With the season reaching its mid-way point and a pivotal showdown with fellow Midland Athletic League power Hopewell-Loudon looming on the horizon – the two teams will meet on Oct. 3 – Messmer knows there is no time for he and his teammates to be complacent.
Carey lost 37-14 a year ago to Hopewell-Loudon, which finished as the 2007 state runner-up in Division VI.
“It’s nice to get off to a strong start but we know we have a lot of work to do,” Messmer said. “We have a lot of goals we want to accomplish and there is a lot of football left. We need to stay focused and keep working hard.”