Franklin County senior Landen Abel is headed off to college on a football scholarship.

The Seahawk tight end and punter has signed a letter of intent to play for Missouri Valley College, a private, four-year liberal arts college in Marshall, Missouri. The Vikings play in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and are a member of the Heart of America Conference.

The Vikings have 17 conference championships, a small college national title, two national runner-up finishes and 13 national bowl games. Head coach Paul Trouth is now in is 15th season, and has 25 years of coaching experience, 19 of those at the collegiate level.

Abel, who was accompanied by his parents, Scott and Chanda Abel at the signing ceremony last month in the media center, said his mom isn’t happy about the 15-hour drive to the Missouri campus, but is grateful for the chance he has to play college ball.

Also on hand were Abel’s grandfather, Emory Roach, his older sister Katie, and his younger sister Hannah, a Franklin County sixth grader, and younger brother Caleb, a freshman.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play college football,” said Abel. “Now that it’s happening it’s something I can do.”

He said he plans to study business or sports medicine, and may pursue a carrier as a coach.