Mike Weber running left, right, and up the middle, sure.
But Mike Weber drinking mustard?
Detroit Cass Tech’s star running back suffered muscle cramps in the first half of the regional final against visiting Clinton Township Chippewa Valley. He was spotted gulping down mustard to alleviate the issue.
It must have helped.
“I was cramping up early in the first half and my dad always gave me the mustard trick and I took that,” Weber said. “The cramp went away and I just followed my blocks.”
Weber, an Army All-American, turned in his best rushing day ever in his last game on Cass Tech’s field. The 404 yards are the 20th highest total in state history and believed to be the second most in state playoff history.
“It felt good, my last time playing on this field, and I left it all on the field today,” said Weber, a Michigan commit. “Every time I got the ball I thought this could be my last carry on this field.”
Cass Tech (12-0) will face Saline next week at a site to be determined for the right to advance to Ford Field for the third time in four years. The school has reached the semifinals in five consecutive years.
With Weber getting over the cramps to start the second half, the Technician offense stalled, until he streaked 76 yards for his fourth touchdown, giving Cass Tech a 34-21 lead with 4:23 left in the third.
“He’s the best running back I’ve ever faced,” said Chippewa Valley coach Scott Merchant. “I’ll leave it at that. There were a lot of people that said we had no chance and we’d lose by 35 points, which I don’t think was very fair to my kids. We’ve played hard all year and I think we showed we deserved to be here.”
The Big Reds (8-4) refused to fold in the second half.
D’Angelo Washington scored his third TD on a 2-yard run to cut the Cass Tech lead to 34-28 with 45 seconds left in the third. Following a Rodney Hall 27-yard TD pass to Sean Hodges to increase the Cass Tech lead, Chippewa Valley got to within five, 40-35, on a 9-yard TD pass from Patrick Briningstool to Sean Bunting with 9:03 to play.
But then Weber’s last score was a 44-yard burst — and he added the two-point conversion run for good measure.
“He’s one of the best running backs we’ve ever had in the PSL,” Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher said of Weber. “But it’s a long history of backs. I could only say right now, in this period of time right here, that Mike Weber is probably one of the best running backs we had in the last 20-30 years. I just hope he keeps working hard.
“We’re going to have to ride that train. We’re all going to get aboard that train right now, because that’s what we’re all doing right now. We’re riding the Mike Weber train. I think 404 is the most yards ever rushed on this field.”