Sophomore Weems has turned around New Haven football

David Goricki
The Detroit News

Romeo Weems is a known commodity on the basketball court. He’s played for the Junior Olympic U-16 team. And he’s ranked No. 17 nationally, according to ESPN, for the Class of 2019.

But the sophomore has news for his New Haven football opponents, too: Watch out.

“I love playing football, played last year for the Clinton Township Cowboys (youth program), played with them since I was 9-years-old,” Weems said. “Everybody is good in high school, stronger and faster, but I’m better now, too.

“I feel I’m a good leader. I feel my strength is how well I read the defense, then execute plays, but I play defensive end, too. I like playing D-end the most. I love hitting. It’s fun.”

And it shows.

The 6-foot-6, 210-pound quarterback has New Haven (4-3, 3-0) in the MAC Bronze championship game at 7 tonight at Clinton Township Clintondale (3-4, 2-1) after the program won a combined 10 games the previous seven seasons.

Along the way, Weems has thrown 14 touchdown passes and run for four. He also has 10 sacks.

“Our goal was to get to the playoffs and make a playoff run,” Weems said. “We have some good players, William Moore at running back, Eric Williams at wide receiver, my brother at linebacker, William Weems.”

New Haven coach Dominic Swope, however, isn’t surprised by Romeo Weems’ success. He coached him with the Clinton Township Cowboys.

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“The funny part about it is the way he bullied people in the youth league,” Swope said. “Well, he does the same thing in high school and this is the first time of him ever playing high-school football.

“He’s my ace in the hole, and when he came out he drew a lot of kids to come too because before (now) the program’s been dead.”

And if things go according to plan, Swope believes Weems could be special for a long time.

“When we first met Romeo, we used to say how special he was going to be if he put the work in, and he’s a kid who knows he has talent and puts the work in,” Swope said. “He shows up at 5 o’clock every morning, comes up here and works out, takes a shower, goes to school, comes out here and plays football and then he’s right back in the gym playing basketball.”

And on the court is where Weems is making an impact, too.

During his time with USA Basketball, Weems played with some of the elite players in the country — such as Michael Porter Jr. (Seattle) and Trevon Duval (Wilmington, Delaware), who are both among the top five seniors in the nation.

As for Weems, he already has offers from Creighton, Detroit Mercy and Oakland after averaging 16.1 points, 10.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists as a freshman.

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