Kansas transfer Lowe finally gets chance to help teammates

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 21, 2007 - COMO - Como-Pickton senior running back Mitch Lowe had waited two weeks to help his team get its first win of the season. He got that chance at homecoming.

Lowe had five carries for 19 yards and had some crucial blocks for running back James Carter during the Eagles' 22-18 win over the Celeste Blue Devils as the team broke a 14-game winless streak.

"I thought it was a good game," he said. "We didn't play a very good first half, but we came out in the second half and played like a team should play."

Heading into this season, Lowe was having to deal with residency issues after he moved back to Como-Pickton from Kansas for his senior year and was ineligible to play in the season opener against Rivercrest.

"I moved to live with my dad in Kansas during middle school and then halfway through my eighth grade year I came back here," said Lowe, the son of Todd Lowe and Stacey Whinchester and godson of Sue and Keith Monk, with whom he is living. "I went here halfway through my eighth grade year until my freshman year, and then went back up there for my sophomore and junior year, and now I am here.

"I have known that I was going to come back here. I like the people more down here and I like it here better. I decided to come back here earlier and I am going to start an EMT-Firefighter Academy school in February with Wade (Arnold) and I will do that during the nights and on Saturdays and be a firefighter on my 19th birthday."

He said dealing with the residency situation was frustrating but once we was approved by the district superintendents in a special meeting to play before the Celeste game, his focus returned to the football field.

"My mom and my godparents handled most of that," Lowe said. "The only thing that I really did was write a letter telling basically why I moved down so they would know that I didn't move down just to play sports."

C-P head coach Paul Tullis said getting Lowe back in the lineup gives offensive coordinator Ryan Aguirre more options out of the backfield to make sure running backs Brandt Steele and James Carter are fresh throughout the game.

"We were able to add Mitch to the lineup last week and that gives Brandt a little break in the lineup," the coach said. "We can also give James a break and move Brandt to tailback and have Mitch block for him. I think that was a big key to have Mitch back for us last week."

With eight games remaining in the season, Lowe said the team has a shot at a good year as long as they play together and do not focus on individual accomplishments.

"I don't really know any of the other teams since this is my first year. I think we have a good team and we have a shot at the playoffs. All of the games are going to be tough and I think if we play together and don't make mistakes we can have a good season.

"I would see it as we do have a couple of leaders that get the team motivated. We play more as a team than have one-or-two star players and we play as a whole team. We make sure we do all of the work and play as a team."

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