Edgewood’s Gothard, Dettmar to play football at Bethel CollegePublished 10:39am Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Edgewood All-State football players Trey Gothard and Alex Dettmar signed to play at Bethel College (Kan.) next fall on Monday.
Coming to coach Bobby Carr’s program at the same time last year, both players are excited to start their next journey together.
“I’m really excited right now,” kicker Dettmar said. “I know it’s going to be a little hard once I go off leaving home, but you know, I’m ready to go get the job done and keep rolling with it.
“It’s going to be a good experience. I’m going to meet a lot of new people. But that’s why I’m glad I’m going to have my teammate with me because I’ll know somebody and it’s going to be easier to make friends.”
“It’s always fun to go into a new program, like Edgewood, or go to college with somebody that you know, somebody that you’ve played with all your life,” lineman Gothard said. “So it’s definitely going to be a great experience.”
The lone year at Edgewood around the winning culture has better prepared them, both players said, for the next level.
“To play in Troy this year was a great experience, it’s unforgettable,” Gothard said. “To win a state championships was always one of my dreams and to play college ball was also one of those dreams. It’s just a dream come true just to be here, be a part of this program and where it’s taking me.”
“Coach Carr’s got a good thing going here,” Dettmar added. “He gets everybody ready for the next level. I really wish I had been here all my four years, but that one year was good enough.”
Bethel College competes in the NAIA where it went 2-9 last season. The Threshers have 72 incoming freshmen and 20 junior college transfers invading the program this summer and fall. Dettmar and Gothard know that they’ll need to separate themselves from the competition to see the field once they arrive on campus.
“They’re getting a hard worker,” Dettmar said. “Somebody that doesn’t take no for an answer, that doesn’t give up. I’m willing to put my nose to the grindstone and do whatever it takes.”
Gothard said to earn his spot, he’ll need to spend most of his time in the weight room. But that’s not what’s going to make him stand out.
“One thing I’ve always thought about myself that I had an advantage over everybody else is that I have a love for the game and I have respect for the game like no other,” he said. “I love the game of football, I’ve played it all my life and I really know what it takes, on the field and off the field, to be a successful athlete.”