Local football players earn GKCFCA scholarships

March 22, 2013 

Two Cass County football players have received scholarships from the Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association.

Each year, the GKCFCA in partnership with the McCarthy Auto Group, select 22 players from Missouri and Kansas to receive $1,000 scholarships. The players are nominated by their coaches and are selected by a committee chosen by the GKCFCA.

Pleasant Hill’s Dillan Findley and Raymore-Peculiar’s Trae Hodges were two of those 22 players chosen to receive scholarships.

The $22,000 is donated by the McCarthy Auto Group as part of the group’s longtime support of high school football in the Kansas City Metro. The winners were honored at a banquet March 3 at Avila University.

Findley is a three-year letterman for the Pleasant Hill High School football team. During his senior season, his teammates elected him as their captain.

In the classroom, he earned a 3.81 GPA., ranked 30th out of 180 students and scored a 29 on the ACT. In addition to playing football, Findley was also a member of the basketball and track programs. While participating in multiple sports, he is also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America and Students Against Destructive Decisions.

This past football season, Findley was recognized as first team all-conference, all-district and academic all-conference.

“Findley is a wonderful role model and an outstanding reprehensive of our sport,” Pleasant Hill head football coach Kyle Roach said.

Findley plans on attending the University of Kansas to study pharmacy.

Hodges has a 4.4 GPA and scored a 25 on his ACT. He currently ranks 12th in a class of 425. He is a three-year letterman in football and was named Offensive Player of the Year for his football team. As a quarterback, Hodges was selected first team all-conference and as a kicker, he was selected second team all-state and first team all-district.

Academically, Hodges was selected first team academic all-state, is a member of the National Honor Society, and a four-time member of the principal’s honor roll.

“He is very organized and handles himself with the up most professionalism and discipline,” Raymore-Peculiar head coach Tom Kruse said.

Hodges hopes to be a CEO of a prestigious company someday and intends to continue his education and athletics at either Missouri State or University of Central Missouri.

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