Northwest Quarterback Leans on his Faith, Family

Published 12/04 2013 09:11PM

Updated 12/11 2013 10:03PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) Growing up in west Texas, Trevor Adams was just like every other red-blooded teenager in the Lone Star State.

"Everybody at Permian plays football," Trevor's mother Sherry Adams said.

That led him right into the sport.

"It's the route everybody took, so I thought I'd take it too," Trevor said.

From playing quarterback at Permian High School -- the football program featured in the movie Friday Night Lights -- Adams is now making his mark at Northwest ranking second in program history with 69 career touchdown passes, and leads an offense that puts up over 45 points per game.

"It's really been unbelievable to think about him playing at Permian and then coming all the way up to Missouri and getting an opportunity to play at a program like this," Trevor's father Jeff Adams said.

Throughout a senior season that's earned MIAA Offensive Player of the Year honors, the quarterback's had support in the stands each game. Trevor's parents Jeff and Sherry -- along with his younger brother Clay and younger sister Claire -- have traveled nearly 700 miles to Maryville to watch him each week.

"It's been so awesome that they've been able to make it up," Trevor said. "They've made so many sacrifices. My brother and my sister both, too, have been able to make it up to some. It's just so awesome that they want to be here to support me like they do."

Trevor's found success on the field, as well as off of it earning Academic All-America Status three times in his career. But like many college students, his first experience away from home and his family wasn't easy, especially being more than 12 hours away from his comfort zone.

"There were a few times whenever I was just like, it'd be so much easier just to be closer."

But through support from his family, and his faith, he pressed on at Northwest.

"His first year was tough," Sherry said. "He was homesick and lonely, and didn't really know where to fit. And I think his faith grew leaps and bounds during that time."

"I had to depend on God for everything," Trevor said, "because everything that I once knew that was so close was almost stripped away being states away from playing at home, being with family and friends."

Now the quarterback that's led the Bearcats to the Super Region 3 championship has found his place at Northwest, and has made Maryville into a second home.

"A part of my heart will always be in Missouri," Trevor said. "Especially up here in the northwest area."

"Just being a Bearcat has been so special," Sherry said, "and I think he's going to miss this place so much when he leaves."

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