It hadn’t been long since Owens’ half-brother, Brent Richardson, electrified the Gladiators as a senior, playing all over the field to help Glenelg reach the 2014 4A state semifinal game.
When Owens was called up from junior varsity during Glenelg’s playoff push, his older teammates couldn’t help but notice the similarities. He acted like Richardson, and played like him too. And so, “Little Brent,” he was. The reserved freshman wasn’t pleased.
“I don’t want to be in his shadow,” Owens said.
The running back did his best to carve out his own identity Friday, rushing for five touchdowns in Glenelg’s 42-12 victory over Mt. Hebron. It’s not that Owens doesn’t admire his half-brother, who now plays for Towson. But he wants to leave his own mark on the football field.
“Like make my own footprint, and not just be Brent’s younger brother,” Owens said. “Be myself.”
The Gladiators’ offense followed an easy formula this weekend: Let senior quarterback Hunter Forsyth lead the unit into the red zone, then feed Owens. He scored twice from three yards out and added a one-yard score, too.
But Owens did turn one huge gain into points. Playing out of the wildcat formation late in the third, Glenelg was overloaded right and ran a counter to the left. Owens had one tackler to shed — the safety — and lost him with a stiff arm. The he was off.
It’s plays like that, Forsyth said, that remind him of Richardson, who took snaps out of the wildcat offense in addition to returning kicks and playing outside linebacker at Glenelg
Richardson is currently nursing an ankle injury, so he came home this weekend to see Owens rush for 215 yards on 20 carries.
“He told me I was too slow,” Owens said with a chuckle.
Aside from a 20-14 defeat to Wilde Lake two weeks ago, Glenelg has beaten all of its opponents handily, with each of the team’s wins coming by at least 22 points.
With Owens leading the way, the Gladiators feel confident they can hang with the last two unbeaten teams in Howard County — Long Reach and Howard. Forsyth said a key is going to be enhancing the passing game, which in turn will open up bigger holes for Owens.
Atholton’s margin of victory in its 51-6 victory over Hammond. After losing to Wilde Lake last week, the Raiders rode senior running back Eric Love (two rushing touchdowns, 121 rushing yards) to a bounce-back win. Atholton will aim to notch consecutive wins for the first time this season when it takes on Mt. Hebron on Saturday.
A week after turning six carries into three touchdowns, Dawkins was it again in the Lions’ 40-6 rout of Oakland Mills. He rushed for 268 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries, helping the Lions total a combined 391 yards on the ground.
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