Kahre finds fit at powerful Marian

Staff photo by Tom Graham

North Knox's Trevor Kahre signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Marian University recently. Witnessing the ceremony Thursday at the high school in the front row are his parents, Stacey and Travis Kahre. Second row, aunt Carie Blair, sister Hailley Moreland, grandmother Sharon Kahre and aunt Tracey Kahre. Back row, North Knox coach Josh Chambers, brother-in-law Johnwyatt Moreland and grandfather Dennis Kahre.

Trevor Kahre averaged five yards per carry as a running back, which would make NFL teams take notice, but it's been awhile since he's toted the pigskin.

"I got one carry at the Y when I played flag football in kindergarten," Kahre remembered. "I knew running the ball wasn't for me. Even then, I was still six inches taller than anybody else."

But football likes tall and big, and Kahre has always had a lot of both. The 6-3, 330-pound senior has been a four-year starter at offensive guard for North Knox and was selected to three Sun-Commercial All-Area teams. As a senior, Kahre was named to the Indiana Football Coaches Association Class 2A All-State team and was honorable mention on The Associated Press 2A squad.

He announced Thursday at the high school, with his family, coaches and teammates on hand, that he's going to continue his football playing at NAIA giant Marian University in Indianapolis.

Kahre said he knows the routine in football, that linemen get overshadowed, but he likes to be a part of the muscular brethren.

"You don't hear fans look out and say, 'I want to be like him, the left guard,'" Kahre said. "But I want to represent the offensive line and hope it inspires others to play the position.

"I loved playing in coach (Josh) Chambers' offense. It was so physical and downhill. To make that block that springs a touchdown is something else. You don't know until it actually happens."

Kahre's blocking was a big part of the success for the Warriors, who went 8-4 and reached the 2A sectional final. It was just the third time North Knox reached the eight-win plateau since 1979.

Now he's going to a college that could be considered the NAIA version of Ohio State.

Marian has claimed two NAIA championships, the last one in 2015. The Knights went 10-1 in 2018 and were 12-1 last year, losing to Morningside, Iowa, in the championship game, 40-38. They play in the 14-team Mid-States Football Association and are often the team to beat under seven-year coach Mark Henninger.

Kahre said he drew interest from Indiana Wesleyan, Saint Francis and Indianapolis, but Marian was the clear winner for him.

"Their coach and I really hit it off, and as soon as I met all of them, the whole team, I knew it was home for me," Kahre said. "I liked how they developed everybody with their weight room and made them all go to their study tables. It fit me the best.

"Their winning did play a part. Academics is first, and it's one of the top academic schools in the state. But everybody wants to win, like we did this past year. Everybody has fun when you have a season like that and you remember years like that."

Kahre noted the NAIA level is similar to Division II, with several of Marian's players having received lower Division I offers. He said it's a good spot for him, where he has to work to crack the lineup and was hopeful that by the time he's a sophomore and junior he'll be a starter.

"I've been doing the Marian workout the past 2 1/2 weeks. It's pretty intense, but I like it," Kahre said. "I have to develop more speed. I'm all right within five yards, but to be elite I have to be fast everywhere. Coach Chambers yelled at me every day since I was a freshman to get faster. He didn't stop until the beginning of this year."

Kahre plans to major in Exercise Science and hopes to get into occupational therapy, where he could work with amputees and people with prosthetics.

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