October 15, 2018

Brave kicker preparing for senior campaign

(Franklin, GA) — Arguably the best kicker in Heard County High School football history is preparing for the upcoming 2016 football season and at the same time hoping to earn a college scholarship in the process.

Senior Trey Wiggins is coming off a perfect season in 2015 where he connected on all 42 PAT attempts and was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts.

Senior Brave kicker Trey Wiggins during a Rhodes College visit in April

Senior Brave kicker Trey Wiggins during a Rhodes College visit in April

Trey has been working hard this summer visiting prospective colleges and competing at several prospect camps.

A camp highlight for Trey in the spring was winning the field goal competition at the Kornblue Kicking Camp in Marietta.

The kicker and punter for the Braves knows that getting that scholarship won’t be easy but he is working as hard as he can on the field as well as in the weight room.

“It’s definitely been a process that takes lots of time and energy,” says Wiggins.

“Trying to go out and show a coach your best every camp or showcase is not an easy task. You have to be the best version of yourself every time you compete to try and get your name on some college’s radars.”

Trey has kicked recently at Mercer University, Berry College, Troy University, Samford University, West Georgia, Kennesaw State, and Reinhardt.

Interestingly enough, Trey’s passion wasn’t kicking footballs early on — it was kicking soccer balls — but thankfully for both he and the Brave program he gave football a try. The standout soccer player was lucky to find a home on the football field since Heard High doesn’t offer a soccer program.

“I’ve played soccer for as long as I can remember, but going into my eighth grade year at Heard County Middle School some football players and coaches convinced me to come out and try to kick some footballs for the team,” Wiggins says. “I fell in love with it, and made it my passion. It’s been my dream ever since then to play football at the next level.”

One of the toughest parts of the game for Trey as well as every kicker is the possibility of being placed in an intense pressure-packed moment at any time. Having confidence in the work he has put in is important in these moments.

“I just have to trust the process and believe that all the hard work I’ve put in has prepared me for that moment,” says Wiggins. “Anything that happens after that is history.”

One unique aspect about Trey’s success has been the influence of his dad, kicking coach Ken Wiggins. The two have bonded for many hours over the past four or five years while working to improve his kicking and punting.

“My dad has been just as important to my success as anything or anyone else has. He’s never doubted me and I’m certain I wouldn’t be half as successful as I am without him,” says the senior.

When asked about his goals for the upcoming 2016 season, he responds with a simple answer, “I just want to help my team win games.”

Trey and the Braves kick off the regular season on August 19 at South Atlanta.

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