All summer long the North Oconee High School football players have been loading up in buses with their helmets and traveling to 7-on-7 competitions around the area. The Titans have popped pads in padded practices also.
The Titans have left senior kicker Thomas Dowis out of much of their traveling competitions this summer. Though his role during the summer two-hand touch battles and padded has been minimal, the senior’s value in the fall won’t go unnoticed.
Usually if Dowis touches the field on Friday nights in the fall there are points on the line. Sometimes his performance decides if the Titans win or lose.
So, instead of sitting around and playing video games or laughing at his teammates that are running around in the Georgia heat all summer, Dowis has set out to find ways to compete on his own. Dowis came home second in the placekicking competition at the Shoals Kicking Academy recently.
“I do camps like the one I just went to and just make sure you’re just competing whenever you can,” Dowis said.
His performance at the competition has made Dowis this week’s Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation/Oconee Enterprise Athlete of the Week.
Dowis’ offseason was a little different than the ones he’s had in the past. As a three-year starter as a kicker Dowis has always prepared his leg to handle the extra points and field goal kicking duties for the Titans.
This season, Dowis will be asked to do more.
Dowis will assume the punting duties left by the graduation of David Chapeau who signed to punt at the Air Force Academy in the spring.
Dowis has cut back on some of his kicking practice to save his leg for the season, but has also begun growing more excited about taking over the role.
“I’m excited,” Dowis said. “I just love playing and I want to help out anyway that I can. You kind of have to limit the kicking reps because you don’t want to wear out your leg, but at the same time you can stay consistent in everything that you do.”
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 email@example.com by Monday at 10 a.m.
Oconee Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation can be reached at www.oconeept.com