Idabel’s Mesiah Block – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Pine Cellular

By Nick Hampton

Mesiah Block proved the old adage “you can never come home” wrong as he returned to Idabel after a two-year absence and helped lead the Warriors to the state quarterfinals in 2018. The VYPE Top 100 pick for 2019 rushed for 1061 yards and 11 touchdowns while averaging nearly eight yards per carry. But as good as that was, Block is hoping for an even better senior year.

“When I came back I was an unknown factor to the new coaching staff and they really set up their offense for the guys that had been there,” said Block. “It wasn’t until later in the season that I was really able to break out and show them what I had.”

And what he had was speed and strength. He was a member of the state championship 4X100 relay team last spring as well as qualifying in the 4X200 relay where the Warriors finished third and individually in the 100-meter dash. He also qualified for the state powerlifting meet in his very first attempt.

“I had never really been into weightlifting seriously until last year so I was pretty pleased and I can tell the difference it’s made for me in football this year,” said Block.

One of last year’s opponents that Block had his way with was Valliant as rushed for over 200 yards and a pair of touchdowns on just 13 carries. Scott Pratt, who was the Valliant coach, is now at Idabel and is high on the star running back.

“He’s a guy who always wants to know all the details of every play so he gets it right. He weighs about 175 but runs like he’s 225. He’s very strong and he’ll be hard to just arm tackle,” said Pratt.

“He’s a pretty quiet guy and I hope he’ll become more of a team leader for us.”

To that end, Block feels he learned a lot about leadership being around last year’s senior group.

“As a leader you have to teach the youngsters about working hard and never giving up and staying focused. I also want to remind the seniors that this is the last chance many will have to play football and it goes by quickly so make the most of it,” said Block.

Adjusting to his second head coach in as many years has its challenges, says Block, but Pratt has struck a chord with the team.

“He’s given us good vibes so far and has really emphasized that football is not about the individual but about the team family and if we’ll buy in to that, we’ll have a successful season,” said Block.

With a whole season to show his stuff and the return of his childhood buddy Raydavis Golston to full-time quarterback, Mesiah Block should shine brightly in his final year back home.