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Trexler to play at Marian

Peyton Trexler (22), seen here in game action against Manchester, has opted to continue his education and football career with Marian University in Indianapolis. The Paper file photo

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Southwood senior Peyton Trexler remembers the fun he had playing backyard football with his friends as a young child.


“I just found a bond for the sport at an early age,” Trexler said. “I played multiple sports, but I feel football is my favorite. Peyton Manning was my favorite player, and that celebrity status has always been my dream. College football is my favorite.”


That passion for the gridiron led Trexler, who re-wrote school and state record books during his career, to ink a letter of intent to continue his education and football career at Marian University, an NAIA powerhouse in Indianapolis.


“Just being on a big team on a bigger scale than high school has always been a dream of mine,” Trexler said. “There’s just nothing like those Friday night lights, going out on the field with my brothers and best friends, people I grew up with. Hearing the crowd cheer after touchdowns, and winning games – there’s nothing like it.”


Trexler put up gaudy numbers during his time as a wide receiver at Southwood. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in receiving yards (4,171), third best in state history. His 62 career receiving touchdowns is tied for the state’s all-time record, and the 33 touchdowns he scored as a senior is a state single season record. He also amassed 1,849 yards receiving as a senior, the second most prolific season in state history.


He was a four-year letter winner in football, earning all-conference first team honors three times. He was also named a Class A All-State performer at wideout.


He helped lead Southwood to back-to-back sectional championships, a feat he says he most proud of when it comes to his high school career.


“These past two years in football have been absolutely amazing,” Trexler said. “Not for us kids as players, but also for the whole community. I think that really helped out with a lot of things. It makes us want to work harder and get it done, not only for us and the coaches, but to get it done for the community. The community at Southwood is really what drives us, I think.”


He was considering several schools, but as he put it, Marian has a nice campus as a private school.


Marian also has two national championships to its name, the latest coming in 2015.


“Their history as a football program – they’re known to win a lot,” Trexler said. “Coming from a school where we’ve won a lot, I really wanted to keep that going. Their coaching staff is amazing. I felt like I was a part of it already. The players are funny and interactive – just a great group of guys. And, I think overall it was the best pick for me.”


Trexler will have the challenge of going from being the star at Southwood to being a freshman fighting for playing time at Marian.


He’ll look for reps at slot receiver as well as on special teams as a freshman.


“I just need to come in there with a lot of confidence, but not too confident, because there’s been people there over the years and know the system,” Trexler said. “I just need to bring a lot of energy, trying to keep the tempo going and trying to keep the history of Marian Football going.”


Trexler also put together a noteworthy basketball career at Southwood.


A three-time all-conference first teamer, he finished his career with 1,264 points, helping lead the Knights to a sectional championship in his junior campaign before returning with fellow seniors Carson Blair, Matthew Nose and Ethen Roberts to lead Southwood to a state runner-up finish in the 2017-18 campaign.


The experience of playing in big games, even in basketball, will help Trexler at the next level, he feels.


“Having that pressure on your back, even if you don’t get the job done, just being in those situations will always help you,” he said. “Even out of athletics – big papers coming up, interviews – I feel athletics helps you outside of it.”
Trexler plans to study sports management, with hopes of eventually becoming an athletic director at the college level.
 

Posted on 2018 Apr 24