The Dart: The Troxlers are road Rebels
NATCHEZ — It wasn’t an emergency, merely an annoyance.
As Nickie Davis, a relative of the Troxler family, rode up to the Troxler residence on Woodville Drive late Thursday afternoon, she had an announcement for the family that caused a few eyes to roll.
When the Dart landed on the Troxler home Thursday, the family was set to make its way from Woodville Drive to the City of Woodville. Twelve-year-old Dylan Troxler and the Adams County Christian School junior varsity football team were set to square off against their Wilkinson County Christian Academy counterparts, and they all planned to cheer him on.
There was just one problem: The family was wearing blue ACCS shirts. But Dylan had told Davis earlier in the day that the team was wearing its white travel jerseys instead of the home blue jerseys.
“He came out with a No. 20 on a white jersey. On the blue jersey, it’s No. 35,” Davis explained. “He came out and said, ‘Don’t wear the shirt with 35 on it, because I’m not a 30.’”
But that wasn’t about to stop Dylan’s relatives from making the drive to Woodville to support him.
“That’s just part of it,” Davis said.
Dylan’s mother, Teri Troxler; his sister, Maci Jones; and his grandparents, Patrick and Kathryn Harrigill, were all ready to load in the car by the time Davis pulled up to join them. Teri said the family has made a point to support Dylan in his athletics ever since he started playing football in first grade.
“It’s been exciting,” Teri said. “We love watching him play. He’s into football, basketball and baseball — he’s just an athlete.”
Teri said she never misses a game, and Kathryn said the grandparents are there to root Dylan on as much as they can. Though he has a bad back, Patrick said he’s determined to make as many of Dylan’s games as he can.
“Where he goes, we go,” Patrick said.
“With his cigar and walker,” Teri added, jokingly.
Kathryn clarified that she and Patrick are only able to make games that are close by, since the longer road trips can put a strain on her husband’s back. And Patrick said sometimes the pain is too great.
“I had about six back surgeries, and I’m still hurting,” Patrick said. “It’s all according to how I feel that day.”
ACCS would go on to win the game 36-8, and Dylan said Friday morning that he appreciated his family being there.
“It feels good, because they’re supporting me,” he said.
Maci admitted that she tends to get distracted at the games, even though she’s supposed to be supporting her brother.
“I’ll start rolling down the hill and playing in the woods,” Maci said.
“I do (watch sometimes), when I hear my mom screaming. I’ll go up there and start yelling, too.”
Dylan said he did notice his sister paying attention at the game against WCCA Thursday night.
“She was watching, but she didn’t have anywhere to play,” Dylan said.
While the car rides to the game are usually fun, Teri said the ride home is a lot more subdued.
“You get to the game, then afterward you’re tired, so there’s a lot of fussing going on when you’re coming home,” Teri said.
Dylan said he will occasionally ride home with his family, and he notices the quiet atmosphere as well.
“They’re tired,” Dylan said. “I usually just try to go to sleep.”