TROY, Kan. — When the Class of 2020 entered the halls of Troy High School for the first time, they knew they had a chance at making their first high school football season a magical one.
Kip Jasper and Company watched as their senior counterparts in Reid Greaser, Cuttar Huss and others led the Trojans to a 13-0 state title-winning season. Now they’re in the shoes of their mentors heading into their final season.
“It means a lot. I take a lot of pride in Troy,” said Jasper, son of head coach Derek Jasper. “Just go out there and do my best for the fans.”
Following that 13-0 year, Troy dropped back to a 4-6 record with Jasper under center as a sophomore. His junior year, the Trojans climbed back to a 6-5 winning record.
This senior class of eight has had the chance to not only play together, but grow as one.
“I think we have a strong senior class. We all kind of just bonded these four years,” senior Joseph Parks said. “That first year was amazing. We wanna try to repeat that and build a winning culture.”
Even though the past is behind them, the Trojans are focused on carrying on the legacy in 2019.
“We’ve got a lot to live up to,” senior Tate Smith said. “There’s a team that’s won state. Once you think of Troy, you pretty much think of a football town. We’ve got a lot to live up to, and I think we’ve got a chance to do some big things this year.”
The Trojans will rely heavily on Jasper and the senior class, with very few underclassmen having playing experience prior to last Friday’s jamboree.
It will focus around Jasper and his arm, as well as running ability of the weapons around him.
“With all of us growing around Kip, we can do some good things this year,” Parks said.
Although he’s one of the few players with valuable experience, Smith doesn’t take the pressure of himself or his teammates to perform starting Week 1.
“A lot of us have already been on the field from previous years,” Smith said. “I think we’ll be comfortable out there and ready to win some games.”
Troy’s regular season begins Friday at Valley Heights.