• John Macon Gillespie

SES TN: Title Or Bust For Trey Goins

The Germantown Red Devils finished their 2015 season with a 5-6 record, but they are looking to turn things around in the 2016 season. Trey Goins, a senior defensive tackle, has started every game since his sophomore year and will be a key component in bringing veteran leadership to the Red Devil defense.

“A successful season for my team would be winning state,” Goins said. “I know that's a big cliché, but if you're not aiming for state than you shouldn't be playing.”

Goins knows that helping his team at defensive tackle is all about applying pressure to the opposing offense’s line and backfield. He’s not at all worried about his own stats.

“My goal this is year is to become a bigger and better force than I was last year. A successful season for me personally would be to achieve that goal and to lead my team to victories,” said Goins.

While staying focused on getting better as a football player, Goins also tries to set his sights on doing the right thing off the field as well. Goins learned invaluable lessons about life from his late friend, Curtis Johnson.

“Curtis was like a big bro to me,” said Goins. “We had known each other since elementary school and we were close.” Tragically, Johnson was shot and killed in April of 2015.

When asked if there was anything Johnson taught him on how to be a better football player, Goins replied, “He stayed on me about being focused on school and football, and not becoming a victim of our society.”

The Red Devils are 1-1 on the season, including a 45-0 shutout in their last game against St. Benedict at Auburndale. Goins did fantastic clogging up the middle all night as he and the Red Devil defense held the Eagles to -21 yards rushing.

**Photo by Martin Jones.

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