Center Grove Football

Coach Matt Adams

It is hard for me to express in words what Trojan football means to me.  I played my last down as a Trojan five years ago and not a day goes by that I do not reminisce on my four years as a football player at Center Grove.  If there is one thing that I can contribute my success to as an athlete it would be Hardwork x Dedication = Success.  This phrase has a special meaning to me as it has inspired the way that I live my life.

Throughout my career as an athlete I was always the smallest kid on the team.  In high school I was 5’4 and 135 lbs. and not once did I ever believe that because I was little I did not deserve to be on the field.  I had to work hard every single day and give 110% to prove that I deserved to play.  It was when I was in 4th grade and began attending Coach Moore’s Power Club that the idea of Hardwork x Dedication = Success began to take full meaning in my life.  It is from Coach Moore’s Power Club that I developed my strong work ethic which came from someone who I cannot express enough thanks, gratitude and love to.  Two mornings each week for the 2 years I spent in middle school, my dad, Keith Adams, took the time to run myself and a number of others through some of the hardest and most intense weight training sessions I have ever been a part of.  Ask any player who attended one of his workouts what they thought of Coach Adams’ “Pride” workouts and I guarantee you that they will complain, but they will also say it made them a better athlete and person.  Dad,  I want to thank you for waking up extra early on those days before an 8-10 hour work day to help mold us all into better athletes, better men, and to instill in us what exactly Hardwork x Dedication = Success means.  I would also like to thank Bill Luallen for everything that he has done since he began coaching me in 6th grade.  I appreciate everything that you did from driving us to SOS camps to helping our team mold as a single unit.  The lessons you taught me in both football and in life will stick with me for years to come.  I am grateful that I have you in my life.

I can attribute my best memories as an athlete to the four years I spent playing high school football.  The greatest of all those memories being the feeling of winning a high school state championship.  Now I can just picture the coaches on staff laughing right now because my memory of the 2008 state game isn’t exactly all there.  I suffered a concussion during the final 6 minutes of that game and do not remember most of what happened that caused us to pull off the biggest comeback in state championship history.  I’ve seen the game since then and it still gives me the chills to watch it, but I can tell you that it is an awkward feeling when you find out Mike Wood kicked two onside kicks to help us win when you are sitting on the gym floor hearing coach announce it to everyone at the post State Championship pep rally.  I will never forget that night and all the years of intense workouts it took to get there.

To current and future Trojans, you may hate the mile repeats, the summer run workouts, and all the extra time the coaches have you go through, but in the end there is no greater feeling and it will all be worth it.  See It. Believe It. Achieve It.

I cannot express enough what Coach Moore has meant to me as not only a player, but also as a person and a friend.  He is more than just a football coach.  He cares about the well-being of all of his athletes.  I am grateful to coach for everything that he has done for me including having me come back after my senior season as freshmen coach.  My time as a coach has been some of the best and most fun times of my life. Being on the other side of the locker room now, I get to see a different side of all of the coaches. After seeing all the time and effort every coach on staff puts into the program, I have even more respect and gratitude towards each one of them.

I could go on and on about my time as a Trojan player and if you see me on Friday nights, I will gladly share more.  Hardwork x Dedication will always equal Success if you are willing to put in the time and effort.  Trust your coaches, believe in your teammates, and come together as 1 unit and the team will do great things.  1 YARD….You Are Ready and Deserving.  Go Trojans!

“As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another” Proverbs 27:17

Matt Adams
Class of 2009

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