BLAST FROM THE PAST: Tigers’ Owens was a first down waiting to happen

Published Friday, October 20th, 2017

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Fred T. Foard’s High leading rushers in the 2000s (all totals are unofficial):
Year     Player                            Att.-Yds
2000       Jerrell Walton                  127-728
2001       Lonnie Coulter                 183-941
2002       Jeremy Ward                   78-617
2003       Wesley Gaither               177-666
2004      Ricky Gaither                  142-677
2005       Ricky Gaither                  129-927
2006       Alex Miller                      185-809
2007       Alex Miller                        58-288
2008      Quintin Owens               169-1,425
2009       Quintin Owens              245-1,558
2010        Tre Robinson                 230-1,149
SOURCE: HobbsDailyReport.com research/files

By CHRIS HOBBS

HobbsDailyReport.com

NEWTON – Running back Quintin Owens left his mark on the Fred T. Foard High football program by averaging nearly 7 1/2 yards every time he took a handoff.

That was usually from Landon Isenhour in 2008, when Ryan Gettys coached the Tigers (9-3) to a state 3A playoff bid, and from Byron Fullenwider in 2009 when Foard went 4-7 under Gettys.

Owens ran for 1,425 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior in 2008, adding a 95-yard kickoff return TD (against West Lincoln) and 28-yard interception return for a TD (against Maiden).

He ran for 100 to 199 yards three times and for 200 or more in three games – 220 on 20 carries against Hickory, 219 on 12 carries against Bunker Hill and 262 yards on 20 carries against Bandys.

The next year, Owens ran 235 times for 1,558 yards with six games of 100-199 yards, a 270-game on 22 carries against South Caldwell and a whopping 306 yards on 28 carries against Bunker Hill on the road.

Owens had 15 rushing TDs — with 10 of those on runs of anywhere from 34 yards to 80 – and he also added a 49-yard TD reception (against Bunker Hill).

The average yardage of his TDs – 40.4 yards – established Owens as one of the top “big play” players of the 2000s.

THE OWENS FILE

CAREER

Rushing: 404-2,983

Rushing TDs: 37

2008

Opponent                        Att.-Yds             TDs             Result

S. Caldwell                           6-77                        1                 FTF 33, S. Caldwell 7

at W. Lincoln                      6-18                         1                FTF 33, W. Lincoln 0

at Maiden                            12-76                       3                FTF 47, Maiden 14

Patton                                  8-104                       2                 FTF 48, Patton 7

Newton-Con.                      21-77                       1                  N-C 29, FTF 20

at Hickory                            20-220                  2                  FTF 47, Hickory 28

Hibriten                               21-185                    3                  FTF 21, Hibriten 20

at W. Caldwell                    11-119                    2                  FTF 42, W. Caldwell 0

Bunker Hill                         12-219                     3                 FTF 49, Bunker Hill 13

at Bandys                             20-262                   3                 FTF 35, Bandys 28

St. Stephens                        16-36                      0                St. Stephens 10, FTF 7

N. Buncombe                     16-32                      1                 N. Buncombe 21, FTF 6

TOTALS                            169-1,425             22

2009

Opponent                           Att.-Yds               TDs               Result

at Bandys                                22-116                     0                   Bandys 22, FTF 14

Maiden                                     20-117                     1                  Maiden 26, FTF 21

at W. Lincoln                          12-80                        1                 FTF 31, W. Lincoln 3

at Bunker Hill                         28-306                    3                 FTF 44, Bunker Hill 35

Newton-Con.                          15-80                        1                 N-C 64, FTF 14

Alex Central                             19-127                     1                 Alex Central 37, FTF 21

at Hickory                                18-143                     2                Hickory 28, FTF 20

St. Stephens                            30-189                     2                FTF 24, St. Stephens 17

at Watauga                             17-13                         0                Watauga 27, FTF 14

S. Caldwell                              22-270                     3                 FTF 20, S. Caldwell 17

at Hibriten                              32-117                       1                  Hibriten 45, FTF 7

TOTALS                                 235-1,558          15

SOURCE: HobbsDailyReport.com research, files.

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