Weist happy to run hard for Titans’ success

High School Football

This is the second in a series of high school football features on some key players on playoff-bound teams in the Mirror’s coverage area

Cole Weist has run for more than 1,100 yards and scored 10 touchdowns for Tussey Mountain this season, but the senior running back said that’s only half of the joy he gets out of running the Titans’ triple option offense.

“There are two great feelings as a fullback,” Weist said. “One is when you bust a big run, and the next best feeling is when you have six guys wrapped around your ankles beating you up and your quarterback goes around the edge with the ball.”

Whether it’s quarterback Matthew Leonard throwing for more than 1,000 yards or Kaden Lucko or Tyler Rhodes cashing in a nice run off of a fake to Weist, as long as the Tussey Mountain offense is rolling, Weist is a happy man.

“Stats don’t mean anything to Cole,” Tussey Mountain coach Anthony Sottasante said. “The most important thing to him is the team’s stats and that we win. He’s completely unselfish.”

The Titans finished the regular season 8-2 and will host Conemaugh Township in a District 5 Class 1A semifinal game Saturday at 6 p.m. That’s a stark contrast to Weist’s last two years with the Titans when they won just one game in back-to-back seasons.

“We’ve always had talent and dedication, but we became more positive this year,” Weist said. “We learned to sacrifice for each other and have a we-before-me attitude.”

One of the main reasons that attitude has changed, according to Sottasante, is Weist.

“Cole’s impact on our team goes way beyond what he does on the playing field,” Sottasante said. “He’s one of our thermostats, and what I mean by that is thermostats set the tone or temperature for practice, and he’s done that on the field and in workouts over the summer. He’s been getting us to practice at the level we need to practice at, and it’s paying off in games.”

Weist is looking forward to running out onto Dick L. Hess Memorial Field one more time Saturday night.

“I can’t even describe it other than just absolute joy,” said Weist when asked what his emotions will be like during the playoff atmosphere. “Our underclassmen pulled together for us to support our seven seniors. To not just to have a playoff game but to play at home in front of our great fans is unbelievable.”