When Belfry Pirate fans see senior running back Trenity Carr out on the football field, they see brawn and muscles.
Little do they know that he has battled diabetes since he was six years old and during his junior season he played through a severe knee injury.
“I have had diabetes since I was 6-years old. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t a struggle at times. I have my good days and bad days, but I don’t let it slow me down. I, along with the help of my family - especially my mom - try to stay on top of my sugar levels as best we can,” Carr said. “Living with diabetes has become just a part of my life. I often check my sugar and I keep my insulin pump on my side. There are times that I have to be more cautious. When I’m exercising and sweating a lot, the diabetes can be hard to keep under control. It’s a daily battle that I have learned to live with.”
“I’ve never let it slow me down nor have I used it as an excuse for my failures,” Carr continued. “My family has always made sure that I lived a normal life like any other kid. I would tell any youngster that is battling the disease to eat right, do what the doctors tell you to do, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something.”
“I had knee surgery after the season last year. I was told to take it easy by the doctors for 4-6 weeks. Once I was released, I worked hard in the gym to get my strength back to where it was before the injury. I am faster this year. I haven’t lost much weight, but I am leaner. I wanted to be quicker for the move from fullback to tailback. I feel healthy,” Carr stressed.
It’s hard for Carr and his family to believe that he is already in his senior season. “My 4 years in high school have come and gone so quick. The teams that I have played with have had great success and I hope it continues this year. This year will be bitter sweet for me. I’m excited, but I know that it will be over soon. I’m gonna miss the Belfry football program and everything it stands for,” said Carr.
Carr has always been a hard runner, ever since he opened eyes down in midget league football. “I would best describe my style as a good combination of both power and speed. As a fullback last year I was asked to run straight ahead and keep the chains moving. This required me to be more of a power runner. This year I will be playing my true position at tailback. This will allow me to use my speed and vision. I am a good open field runner and I also love to catch the ball out of the backfield. I have worked hard to get my 40 time back to a 4.6. Weighing 215 pounds and having pretty good speed gives me options.”
Carr has had a great family support system, especially his grandfather and his uncles.
“My family means everything to me. I have a big family that is very close to one another. We all support each other in everything we do. I can go on and on about them. My mom is amazing, my dad is very supportive, my Pawpaw Gary (Rash) is the one we all depend on for everything, and my uncles Erik and Derek Rash have always coached and mentored me in the right direction when it comes to sports and life in general. They have always been the two that would never accept average from me, they have pushed me to the limits. I guess I would have to say they are my biggest critics and cheerleaders. I love all my family. They are all very supportive.”
Carr’s future aspirations are to attend college to get his education and to continue playing football. He has an excellent GPA at Belfry High School.
“Yes, that’s my goal. I have always wanted to play college ball. My dad played football at Lee College and The University of Virginia. My uncle Erik played at Glenville State, and it is my goal to do the same. I want to make my family proud and nothing would make them happier than to see me play at the next level. Football is part of me, I am not ready to walk away from the game, not yet,” said Carr.
He has received interest from several schools including Eastern Kentucky, Western Kentucky and the University of Kentucky. “I had a good workout for UK and I have talked with their coaches a few times. I get letters from the NAIA schools in Ky. and also the W. Va. conference schools. Coach David Jones has also helped to get my name out there to some schools. This is a long process and I’m hoping with my move to tailback this year, I can generate more interest from other schools. I think my combination of size and speed will help me,” Carr said.
Carr is hoping and working to have a good senior year. “We have a lot of experience returning at the skill positions and I think we have a great coaching staff that will prepare us to make another deep run into the playoffs and hopefully get a state championship,” said the articulate Carr. “I have played in three straight state championship games and I hope this year will make four. I’d love to get back there and win a title. I think the last two years we were the best team, but lost on the scoreboard. I hope and pray I can win one with this group of seniors this year. I have played with most of these guys from first grade until now. They are my best friends and nothing would be more fulfilling.”
“This group of seniors has accomplished great things at Belfry. We came into to high school pretty highly touted and I think we have lived up to the hype. Many people have said this is our year and I hope they’re right. We have been so close, but yet we have had our hearts ripped out at the last second. I want nothing more than to hand Coach (Philip) Haywood another state title,” Carr concluded.