FHS senior student-athlete Tristin Waugh was recently selected to play in the River Battle Bowl, an all-star game between players from Iowa and Nebraska.
“I was on the team as a backup and someone got hurt the day before practice,” said Waugh, who added that the experience was “really cool,” although he and his father had to drive 2.5 hours to Gilbert back-and-forth on Saturday and Sunday for practice with just a days notice and a week before the game.
Waugh also enjoyed riding the charter bus to free meals and film sessions and he got to play fullback and tight end during the game.
“Playing one side of the ball was awesome, because you can go harder all the time and it’s more fun,” explained the senior standout who thought it was cool to create the holes playing fullback that he normally looks for as the Trojans tailback.
“We started to understand how to play together during the game,” said Waugh. “It’s hard because you have to learn each other and the plays fast with only three days of practice.”
Waugh is looking at either playing football or baseball at the collegiate level with several schools interested, but no one for both sports at this point.
“I’m just looking at my options right now,” said Waugh.
The Trojan twelfth-grader is talking to Iowa Western and Southeastern along with “some other Division-2 schools.”