Prince Avenue Christian School senior running back Landon Owens’ headband highlights his ‘no excuses’ approach.
Owens has been the primary running back for the Wolverines for the last two seasons. He had plenty of success in 2019. He ran for 1,018 yards and 10 touchdowns. He added another 612 and four touchdowns catching the ball.
Owens still wanted more. He showed up for the 2020 season about 25 pounds heavier, a few inches taller and much stronger. The physical feat comes from a COVID-19 interrupted offseason in which the team’s summer workouts didn’t begin until early June.
“It’s a big part of how I play football,” Owens said. “I want to do my best all the time. You can’t really have excuses when you need to do your best. You have to always push yourself, even when things aren’t going your way or you’re not feeling your best. You’ve just got to work your hardest.”
The entire offseason Owens had a state championship on his mind. The Wolverines have a team full of seniors. Winning is a motivating factor for all of them.
Owens’ offseason drive came from not wanting to be the one to let the group down.
“We want state this year,” Owens said. “Every time I was working out during quarantine and over the summer, I had that in my head. We’ve got a mission. We’re on a mission to get that ring that we wanted. I think that’s what changed things for me. I’m looking at the bigger picture more than looking at a single day or a single workout.”
Owens has continued to give the Wolverines on the field production. On Friday night he racked up a total of 246 yards and two touchdowns.
In the Wolverines’ win over Holy Innocents Episcopal Owens carried the ball 12 times for 41 yards. He caught three passes for 86 yards and a touchdown. He also returned a kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown.
His performance has made Owens this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
“It’s huge being able to use him as a weapon out of the backfield,” PACS head coach Greg Vandagriff said. “The way he gets the ball and explodes and accelerates, he’s a big piece of why we win.”
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week is chosen by the sports staff of The Oconee Enterprise. You are welcome to email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday at 10 a.m.
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