FARMINGTON -- Farmington senior Trey Waggle signed a National letter of intent to play college football as a deep-snapper for Northeastern University of Tahlequah, Okla., on Wednesday, March 7, at Cardinal Arena.
Trey is undecided on a major. His career plans are to become a firefighter or emergency medical technician.
"That's something I've always wanted to do," Trey said.
He credits his father, Josh Waggle, as his inspiration.
"My dad coached me my entire life," Trey said. "It will be weird not having him as a coach."
Josh Waggle celebrated expressing a father's satisfaction at how his son's devotion to a team concept and willingness to humble himself and step in to play the role of deep snapper on punts, extra-points and field goals.
"Trey, he just wanted to help the team in any way he could so through that he figured out he was pretty good at it," Josh Waggle said. "Utilizing his arm strength and speed down the field was what got him noticed."
On more than one occasion, Trey was able to help the Cardinals execute a successful 2-point conversion out of the swinging gate.
"The first time I ever did it was a big game against Prairie Grove my sophomore year," Trey said. "I was really nervous (in the season-opener), but we finally got the 2-point conversion and we won (28-12)."
Witnessing the occasion were Farmington football coaches including head coach Mike Adams; Farmington Mayor Ernie Penn; Trey's parents, Josh and Kelley Waggle; sister Paige Waggle, a Farmington freshman; Trey's maternal grandparents Debra and Brad Rice; and long-time family friend Sam Sparkman.
Adams said next season will be the first time in five years that he hasn't had a Waggle lining up at quarterback for the Cardinals.
"You better watch out I might come find you," he joked.
On a serious note, Adams expressed his appreciation for the family support of Cardinal football.
"We're just thankful and blessed to have a family like that be a part of our program," Adams said. "Not only Trey and (older brother) Brice (starter at quarterback from 2014-2015), but also Josh and Kelley. Kelley has done a lot of things with our football moms."
Paige was carefully observing Trey through all the challenges and adversity he encountered playing quarter as a two-year starter for Farmington from 2016-2017.
"He never gave up, he always kept pushing on and never quit so that inspired me to never give up," Paige said. "I wish him the best that he does good."Sports on 04/04/2018
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