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Football player of the week: Running back leads Warriors to victory

POSTED: October 25, 2008 5:00 a.m.
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White County's Ashely Lowery runs against Gainesville at City Park in this file photo.

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CLEVELAND — White County High running back Ashely Lowery is only in his second year of playing high school football, but he’s already getting opportunities that many seniors would dream of.

In his first year as the Warriors’ starting tail back, Lowery is beginning to make a name for himself among running backs in 7-AAA. The sophomore’s latest heroics include a 193-yard, three-touchdown performance against Chestatee on White County’s homecoming game last Friday.

"I had great blocking up front with offensive line," Lowery said. "We just had to execute on the field, and we did a good job."

The win is a special one for Lowery and his teammates, as it marks the Warriors’ (3-4, 1-2 Region 7A-AAA) second straight homecoming win against the War Eagles. Last year, they ruined Chestatee’s homecoming with a 35-21 win at War Eagle Stadium.

"It was big," Lowery said of the win. "In the newspaper, their players had quotes about hating us, so everybody just took it in and we came out and played like we knew we could."

With three games left in the regular season, White County is still in the hunt for the final playoff spot in the subregion, which means that Lowery’s carries will mean even more to the Warriors as the regular season winds down.

"We have to win the next three and see where we go from there," Lowery said. "Hopefully we’ll get in."

But even if this season doesn’t turn out to have a postseason, Lowery still has two years of high school ahead of him to enjoy. Though he lacks experience, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound sophomore has the athleticism to make up for it. Along with taking the majority of carries for the Warriors, he also starts at cornerback— his favorite position— and handles punt returns. He returned a punt 50 yards for a touchdown against East Hall earlier this year.

When he isn’t playing football, he’s a member of the White County basketball and track team.

"He’s an overall good athlete," Warriors coach Gregg Segraves said. "He has good size and is constantly putting on weight, and as a sophomore, he’s only getting better.

"He’s one of those kids that I wouldn’t trade for anybody. Only he himself can slow him down."

Lowery has also shown educational concern, and is an A and B student in the classroom, according to Segraves.

The combination of his athleticism and academic success have made him an early prospect for colleges. He has already been evaluated by Division-I schools, including Auburn and his favorite team, Georgia.

"The potential is there," Segraves said. "It’s what he does with it (that will determine his success)."

But with two more years of football ahead of him, picking up offers from colleges is far from a concern yet. He still has three roles to play as White County prepares for the last leg of the regular season.

"We just have to come out and execute like we did last week and play our last three games as hard as we can," Lowery said.



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