The loss to Center Grove in the 2020 Class 6A State Championship game has left the college football players at Westfield High School begging for more.
“Winning state has been a dream of ours for a long time, and going all the way and not winning definitively has left teammates and I’m unsatisfied,” said running back / safety Micah Hauser. “Back in sixth, we promised our coach, Mark Robinson, that we would win everything someday. He’s not here today, but we’re doing it for him and we know he’s looking down.
Robinson, who was a travel team coach for the fifth and sixth year team and a Carmelite firefighter, died in 2017 after a battle with cancer.
The No. 2 Class 6A Shamrocks began section play on October 29 against Noblesville. Westfield beat Noblesville 42-15 in the regular season. Center Grove, which also had a powerful returnee group, is ranked No.1. The Trojans outscored Westfield 38-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium in the 2020 state title game.
Heading into the Division’s first game, Hauser led the Shamrocks with 710 rushing yards on 111 carries with 13 TDs. In defense, he had three interceptions and 81 total tackles.
“Micah is an extremely tough kid and an elite competitor,” said Westfield coach Jake Gilbert. “He’s Indiana’s best all-around, two-way player, in my opinion. He has incredible hips, which makes him a great hitter. Micah is a four year starter for us and has taken our program to new heights in 6A.
“He is very humble and a great teammate. He’s honestly a good boy who turns into a monster once he puts on this helmet.
Hauser said he has improved since last season.
“Speed has been my priority this year. After battling injuries and recovering from surgeries this has been my top priority this offseason and it has definitely improved, ”said Hauser, who rushed for 941 yards in 2020.
The strength of the team is their bond, said Hauser.
“I think the leadership of our players is the main reason for the success of the past two years,” he said. “We have been extremely close as a team and it shows clearly on the pitch.”
Hauser said he did not have a favorite position.
“I love being on the pitch with my teammates,” said Hauser. I start off as our (strong) security and stay in the middle most of the time, but my teammates and I communicate and make sure we’re in the best place to be able to play and help the team.
Hauser, who wants to play college football, said Indiana State University was one of the schools interested in him. But college is not his main concern now.
“I’m focused on the team that’s going all the way this year,” he said.
Meet Micah Hauser
- College plans: Undecided but considering playing football and majoring in business.
- Favorite TV Show: “The Office”
- Favorite movies: The Lord of the Rings trilogy
- Favorite musician: Juice WRLD
- Favorite Vacation Spot: Orlando and Disney World