Jordan Troutman and his McCracken County teammates got to do something many don't get to do in helping to start a high school football program and being successful in that first season.
The first-year Mustangs went 9-3, won the District 1-6A championship and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, where they lost 32-23 to Central Hardin. Troutman was one of the cogs in the attack.
"It was real exciting to do that," the senior running back said. "The hype was there all season and especially for the Tilghman and Mayfield games, and they were so crowded. I never got to play in front of that many people before. And then to play for a team that wins a lot was really great and to be accepted by my teammates was, too."
Troutman's season - 1,763 yards on 199 carries with 18 rushing touchdowns and 16 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns - will lead him to his new venture after verbally committing to Murray State on Friday.
"I like Murray State and always wanted to play there," he said. "It's close and they are building a pretty good program. So I'm really excited I'm going to get to play there."
Troutman chose the Racers over an offer from Lindsey Wilson College and an opportunity to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Kentucky.
He looks forward to playing in Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher's wide-open offense after playing in a comparable one for Jack Haskins at McCracken County.
"I know Murray State scores a lot of points, and they have an offense similar to the one we ran," said Troutman, who played his first three years at Massac County, Ill., where he gained 1,100 yards and made 176 tackles. "That's kind of what I've always been a part of so I feel comfortable in that."
And he's thrilled about the opportunity to continue his football career and getting the education that will come with it.
"I've always wanted to play college football," Troutman said.
"It's a scholarship so I get my education paid for, which is important in today's times. So I'm really excited I get to play at the next level and get my education paid for."
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