Center Grove Football

Jordan Luallen

Trojan football means a lot to me and it is truly difficult for me to put into words just how much. In fact, I often get made fun of here at UC for how much I talk about high school football. I still talk crap to the guys from Indy every time my Trojans whoop on their schools, like week 1 when we beat Warren Central, Nick Temple and Deyshawn Bond didn’t hear the end of it. Everyone just kind of laughs it off but they don’t understand what it is like to be a part of a program like the one Coach Moore has built at Center Grove. I have had some great memories as a college football player. I’ve won 3 conference championships and experienced some personal success, but I’ve said it a million times (and it will never change), even if I won a Heisman trophy and a national championship my greatest and fondest achievement as an athlete will always be winning the 2008 State Championship because I did it with my best friends and coaches that were truly like family to me.

I’ve been here at UC for 4 years now after spending a year at Georgia Tech. I know that God has had a plan in everything that has taken place in my college football career. In my career, I have gone from quarterback to wide receiver to linebacker to running back to wide receiver to full back to tight end and now as I’m writing this I am finishing off the last of my playing days back where it all began for me as a quarterback. Change and “adapting” has been a staple in my career but I couldn’t have done it without three things: God, my family, and the preparation for adversity that I developed while playing for Coach Moore. Coach Moore made sure that I was always ready for everything and he put so much time and effort into developing me into the person and football player that I am today. Coach, if you read this, I just want to let you know that I owe you more than you could ever know for helping to raise me and develop me into the man I am today. You have made every Trojan that has experienced your tough love a better man and prepared them for anything they may face in life. You truly are what Center Grove football is all about and you will forever be the face of this program.

My love for Center Grove football really started when I was in 4th grade. I met Coach Moore for the first time at Power Club and I was so honored that our high school coach was teaching me (at 8 pm!) the proper techniques to Olympic lifting. After that I knew I wanted more than anything to play for that man and I would do anything and everything in my power to win for him. That year my dad, Keith Adams, Larry Mack, and Mark Dietel put together the first non-Junior Trojans “all-star” team consisting of all 4th graders. On a Tuesday night in November, while Coach Moore should have been game-planning for his team’s first regional championship appearance since 1988, he was at Avon middle school watching our team battle the 4th grade Junior Giants. He was at our next tournament the following weekend at Franklin Central for all 4 games. What does this little run through memory lane really mean? Everything actually. His presence and interest in us lead to what ended up being not merely a dream but a promise we made to Coach Moore, if he didn’t win a state championship before we got to high school we sure as hell would. And we did. His interest in us led to our dedication and hard work over the next 8 years.

I hope that those of you who read this can see this for what it is really worth and appreciate the love I have for this football program and the man who leads it. It may not have flowed together all that well, or even made the most sense, but for me to really put into words what Dedication x Hard Work = Success means to me, and what Center Grove Football means to me, I would have to write a book. Maybe I’ll do that in my down time once my playing days have passed me by. Until then, Go Trojans!

Jordan Luallen
Class of 2009

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