DETROIT (WTVG) - Thomas Eitniear's team describes the senior quarterback as quiet and reserved.
He's anything but that on the field, especially in last Friday's state championship where he ran for 129 yards and three touchdowns.
"Because I'm quiet, I'm more like mentally prepared for the next biggest thing," Eitniear said. "If we get a fumble, you know I'm getting everyone up and at 'em."
Whiteford head coach Jason Mensing has frequent conversations with his senior quarterback as Eitnear comes to the sideline before every play so Mensing can relay the next play into the game.
"He's a guy who wants to include others and he's a guy who wants everyone to have their own and it's not about him," Mensing said. "He's a selfless kid and when you have that selfless attitude, you're always looking out for other people ... people tend to follow you."
Eitnear produced 272 yards on offense for the Bobcats as the team won its first football state championship.
"You have no idea how much work this line put in at practice," Eitnear said. "The weight room, walk throughs, everything. Directing other people out on the line if they don't know anything. They've been a huge factor to this team and I really, really look up to those guys."
Whiteford's Logan Murphy added 126 yards rushing and three touchdowns as the Bobcats completed its victory in the second-straight trip to the title game.
"Thomas is one of the best athletes in the state, if not the best athlete in the state," Murphy said.