1. Two touchdown receptions;
2. One touchdown pass;
3. One punt return for a touchdown;
4. One kickoff return for a touchdown;
5. Eleven tackles from his linebacker position;
6. One interception near the goal line to thwart a fourth-quarter drive.
You name it, and McAuley Catholic’s Cole Lowry probably did it during the Warriors’ 42-32 victory over Miller last Friday night at Missouri Southern’s Fred G. Hughes Stadium.
“I never would have thought that I would (account for) five touchdowns in one game,” Lowry said. “Little did I know it would happen. And on homecoming, it was a good night to do it with alumni, friends and family all there. Definitely it was my best game of my high school career.”
“It was a great performance,” Warriors coach Brenden Gubera said. “Anything we asked the kid to do, he did. At one point during a timeout, I looked at him and said how does your arm feel? He just smiled and said ‘it feels pretty good, Coach.’ ”
After that timeout, Lowry threw a 35-yard touchdown strike to Greg Carney to give the Warriors a 34-26 lead in the third quarter.
“Adam (Robertson, quarterback) tossed me the ball,” Lowry said. “I took one or two steps and threw it to Greg, and the next thing I knew we had six points on the board.”
“We knew we had established the toss sweep out of our three-back set,” Gubera said. “It was a play we put in last year, went to the well with it once last year and it was incomplete. We’re 1-for-1 with it this year.”
Lowry’s first two scores came on receptions of 14 and 74 yards from Robertson. His biggest touchdown, however, came when he returned a kickoff 70 yards to end the first half and pull the Warriors within 26-21 at the intermission.
“That was my favorite,” Lowry said. “It was set up perfectly. I made one or two moves, and I could read the outside contain player. He came in too quickly, and I was able to get outside of him and score. It really fired us up going into halftime.”
“With three seconds left in the first half, for him to take that kick and bring it all the way back across the field, get the corner turned … that was huge going into halftime,” Gubera said. “That gave us some momentum we needed going into halftime. It made it a one-score game.
“And the first opportunity he had to touch the ball in the second half on a punt return, he did the same thing (78-yard touchdown return). All of sudden, we’re ahead. The kids are feeling really good about themselves, and that kind of ignited our defense a little bit, too.”
Lowry finished with 171 receiving yards and 97 rushing yards.
“He’s a good kid, too,” Gubera said. “Cole deserves all the credit he’s getting this week because he’s worked hard. He’s in the weight room every morning at 7 o’clock. He works out with me every day. He gets frustrated when I tell him to take a day off.
“I gave him a hug after the game and told him how proud of him I was. He said ‘Coach, hard work pays off.’ If everyone would learn that, we’d be in a lot better shape.”
1. Two touchdown receptions;
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