Whitesboro's Schmidt on QB Meier: ‘you get a kid like him once every 20 years’
Whitesboro quarterback Kyle Meier’s statistics might be hard to believe on paper or a screen.
For the few hundred people in attendance for the three-hour epic game between the Whitesboro and Proctor football teams, the performance was spectacular.
And, while Whitesboro was on the losing end of the 62-60 game, Meier finished with more than 350 yards rushing and more than 200 yards through the air.
And, there’s also the eye-popping nine total touchdowns. He had seven in the first half, including on the second play from scrimmage when he connected on a 62-yard touchdown with Tony Dorozynski.
A whopping six of Meier’s touchdowns happened via the ground with four on runs of 30 or more yards.
“You get a kid like him once every 20 years,” Whitesboro coach Curtis Schmidt said following Saturday’s game. “We’re always going to ride Kyle.”
It was a record-setting effort for Meier, who is three games into his junior season after getting experience last season. While Meier’s numbers are not state records, the performance could certainly help raise the profile of a player who is already getting interest from schools at the college level. He’s among the leading rushers in Section III this season.
It also helps that Meier has good size – he’s listed at 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds – and is a legitimate dual threat with quickness while also possessing a strong arm.
“Well, number 1: he’s huge. He’s tough to tackle,” said Proctor senior quarterback Todd Abraham, who had 287 yards rushing and 159 passing with six scores in the game against Meier and the Warriors. “Smart football player. Strong and fast. He’s got it all. He’s just super-talented. He’s a great football player.”
Meier now has an astounding 15 touchdowns (four passing, 11 rushing), which is the most in Section III this season, according to stats submitted to the High School Sports Stats website. He’s run the ball nearly 100 times with more than 200 yards in each of the three games this season.
His more than 200 yards passing against Proctor are a career-best. The team has five regular-season games remaining. That includes Friday’s meeting against visiting Carthage and big matchup against rival New Hartford on Sept. 30.
Meier praised his offensive teammates for their efforts. Meier noted “Whatever I’m asked to do, I’ll do it” as the season progresses.
Schmidt said the offensive line includes two sophomores and a junior. He noted that the offense can be balanced.
“Offensively, I’m happy where we’re at,” said Meier, who completed passes to five receivers against Proctor. “It is just great knowing that when you throw the ball, you have guys that can go and get it.”
The offensive effort also provides some confidence knowing that the offense has the capability to accumulate yards.
“It sets us up well for when we go back into (Class A) and our division. We know we need to do better,” Meier said.
Schmidt also said Whitesboro will continue to improve.
“It is our job as coaches to figure out what do to put our players in good positions,” he said.
Week 3 schedule
Carthage at Whitesboro, 6:30 p.m.
New Hartford at Watertown, 6:30 p.m.
Notre Dame at Herkimer, 6:30 p.m.
Jamesville-DeWitt at Waterville, 6:30 p.m.
Camden at Oneida, 7 p.m.
Dolgeville at Beaver, 7 p.m.
Little Falls at Onondaga, 7 p.m.
Frankfort-Schuyler at Sauquoit Valley, 7 p.m.
Marcellus at Clinton, noon
West Canada Valley at New York Mills, noon
Vernon-Verona-Sherrill vs. Westmoreland/Oriskany at Oriskany’s Bernie Block Field, 1 p.m.
Rome Free Academy at Proctor, 1:30 p.m.
Holland Patent at Lowville, 6 p.m.
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