Freshman QB keeps his cool as Petersburg rips Colonial Heights
COLONIAL HEIGHTS — Yes, Meziah Scott is a freshman quarterback at Petersburg.
But he’s not exactly new to the football team. The summer before his eighth-grade year, he started practicing with the high school kids, throwing passes as they ran routes.
He’s now been part of the team, in one capacity or another, for well over a year.
On Friday night, Scott looked like a seasoned veteran. He passed for 360 yards and three touchdowns, rushed for 53 yards and another touchdown, and led Petersburg to a 42-14 victory over Colonial Heights.
It was just the fifth game of his high school career.
And it was easily his best. He completed an efficient 17 of 24 passes, finding receivers when they were wide open and zipping pinpoint passes to them when the window to throw was only a moment.
“We made sure we connected with each opportunity we got,” Scott said.
Petersburg (3-2) scored two touchdowns on defense in the first quarter. Deandre Bonner and Nashawn Reid Carlos each returned interceptions for touchdowns,
and the Crimson Wave had a comfy 18-0 lead 10 minutes into the game.
“That boosted the game,” Scott said.
On Petersburg’s next drive,
Scott found Carlos all alone deep downfield. Scott fired the ball up, landing it perfectly in Carlos’ lap, who scored a 48-yard touchdown. The Crimson Wave led 24-0.
It’s not just throwing and running that makes you a quarterback. It’s watching film and memorizing the offense, Scott said.
“It’s a lot of studying the playbook until 3 a.m.,” he added.
Rayquan Rogers and Tyron Porter each scored touchdowns in the third quarter for Colonial Heights, briefly cutting Petersburg’s lead to 30-14. Then Scott responded with a 14-yard touchdown, ending the Colonials’ comeback attempt.
Meziah isn’t the only Scott on the Petersburg team. His father, Mike, is the coach. In 2010, he led Petersburg to the Central Region semifinals. After the 2011 season, he decided to step away from coaching.
The hours were long, and he didn’t take care of himself, he said. Football was taking a toll on his body. In his four years away, Petersburg couldn’t manage a winning season. Scott returned in 2016, and he’s doing a better job of delegating responsibilities and not dwelling on losses.
“I like coaching,” he said. “I love coaching Petersburg kids.”
He’s proud, yet scared for his son. There’s a lot of pressure on a freshman quarterback. Mike knows. He was Petersburg’s quarterback as a member of the class of 1993.
Mike doesn’t want success to go to his son’s head. The team is just 3-2 and about to enter the thick of its Central District schedule. Just this week, Mike called out his son in practice for running a play incorrectly. He said he can’t afford to go easy on Meziah.
“I like the future for him,” Mike said. “But right now I’m showing him no love.”
Yet it was hard to be critical on Friday night. Petersburg’s defense was opportunistic, totaling four interceptions. Its defensive line pressured the Colonials (3-2) all night. Upton Bailey totaled
122 receiving yards, 40 rushing yards and two touchdowns. Carlos added 98 receiving yards. Antoine Brown Jr. showed his speed at receiver and free safety.
“I’m glad I’ve got playmakers on my team,” Meziah said.