People ask me what’s missing for the Friends football team, and my answer is always the same: An elite running back. The same thing that’s been missing the last two years. The Falcons won the KCAC in 2008 behind a great defense, the best offensive player in the league in offensive lineman Jacob Bruster and a smart-as-a-whip QB in Alex Melugin. Last year, their lack of a running back killed them. Cost them a fourth straight NAIA playoff berth.
But maybe not this year. Former Wichita Northwest and Missouri State running back Jeran Trotter appears to have found his form three games into the season — he ran for 240 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in the Falcons’ 35-21 win at Tabor last Saturday. For his effort, Trotter was named KCAC player of the week. I honestly believe that there’s another playoff spot up for grabs in the KCAC (Nobody is gonna beat McPherson) and Friends, if Trotter keeps playing like this, has a legitimate shot at it. I’ve always thought Trotter could be one of the best RBs in the league if he put his mind to it, and this might be the year he proves me right. We’ll see.