JOHNSON – It was hard for Johnson-Brock fans, players and coaches to watch Dylan Rowe stand on the sideline for the majority of the season last year with an injury. They knew how important and effective he was on both sides of the ball.
Through five games during his junior season, Rowe rushed for 393 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also had 30 tackles, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble on defense.
The Eagles finish the 2017 regular season with a 4-4 record and advanced to the Class D1 state quarterfinals before losing to Howells-Dodge, 54-42. Rowe did not play in the game.
Rowe started his high school football career as a lineman during his freshman and sophomore seasons. He made the jump to running back for his junior season.
Johnson-Brock Head Coach Mitch Roberts recognized his talents along the offensive line and his ability to handle the ball, so he moved the 6’1″, 210 pound senior to tight end this fall.
“I like our four guys that we throw down on the line to block against just about any front. (Rowe) does a really good job in the run blocking to open up some holes for Kaden (Glynn), Ty (Hahn), Cole (Fossenbarger), Hunter (Oestmann) and those guys. He’s kind of taken that role and ran with it. He’s done a really good job for us and I’m proud of his sacrifice he’s made for the team.”
Rowe caught 22 passes (second on the team) for 367 yards and 6 touchdowns in his new position. He still rushed for 429 yards on 46 carries and 10 more scores.
On defense, he recorded 61 tackles (including 4 for a loss) a sack and 3 fumble recoveries.
Rowe and the Eagles (9-0) host the Eagles of Allen High School on Wednesday in the second round of the Nebraska School Activities Association Class D2 State Football Playoffs. Allen (6-3) defeated Emerson-Hubbard in the first round last Thursday, 60-26.
Kickoff at Johnson-Brock High School is at 5 p.m. and the game will air live on Today’s Best Country, B103 (103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com).
No. 7 Allen at No. 2 Johnson-Brock
When: 5 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Johnson-Brock High School, Johnson
Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm and ncnsportsnow.com
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