Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Meggs wins title, turns to baseball
By Mason Kelley
TACOMA, Wash. -- Jack Meggs had been waiting for his chance to run the football all season.
The Bellevue (Wash.) quarterback got his opportunity in the Class 3A state championship game, scoring twice during the Wolverines' 35-3 win over Sammamish (Wash.) Eastside Catholic.
“I got to run the ball,” said Meggs, who had 108 rushing yards on eight carries. “That’s what I’ve wanted to do all year. This kind of put an exclamation point on my football career. It’s just awesome to be out here with my friends.”
With Eastside Catholic hanging around in the second quarter, Meggs broke free for a 29-yard touchdown run. He followed that with a 6-yard score in the final quarter.
“It’s indescribable,” Meggs said. “My last football game my senior year, scoring two touchdowns. Just being out here with my best friends and winning a state championship, I couldn’t ask for more.”
Now that his senior season ended with a state title -- the fifth straight for the Wolverines -- Meggs plans to trade his pads for a bat and a baseball glove. While he loves football, the 6-foot, 170-pound standout will play baseball at Washington.
“It’s going to be baseball every day,” said Meggs, whose father, Lindsay, is the Huskies’ baseball coach. “I’m going to be in the weight room getting bigger and in the cage, swinging it.”
Knowing his football career is over has left him with mixed emotions. He has plenty to celebrate and look forward to, but he will miss the practices, the work in the weight room and Friday nights on the football field.
“I was telling my guys, it’s the happiest, but saddest moment in my life,” he said. “I’m happy that it’s over and what we’ve accomplished, but I’m sad that I don’t get to put on the football pads anymore. I loved going to practice. I loved being out here with my guys.”
But, while he isn’t quite ready to leave his football season in the past, he is excited about his future.
“I’m pumped,” he said. “I can’t wait to get out there, play for my pops, for UW and get to represent the Bellevue baseball community. It’s going to be awesome.”