MORGANTOWN — Morgantown quarterback Maddox Bowers not too long ago introduced his dedication to play soccer on the subsequent degree.
In 2024, Glenville State is getting a well-polished thrower, hard-nosed runner and all-around nice chief to affix the Pioneers soccer group.
“This can be a nice alternative to proceed to play the sport that I really like,” Bowers stated. “To have the ability to play at an amazing program that does the little issues proper is a good honor.”
For many of his highschool profession, Bowers has fought by way of accidents however has all the time come again a extra decided participant. Whereas rehabbing a shoulder damage this previous summer season, Bowers began to concentrate on what intangibles it might take to play soccer in school.
He participated in some camps and heard from some coaches, together with Glenville State head coach Mike Kellar.
Kellar is in his fifth season main GSU after beforehand holding head teaching roles at California (Pa.), Harmony and Lenoir-Rhyne. He was additionally an offensive coordinator at West Liberty, Fairmont State and Northern Michigan.
He was a quarterback at Glenville within the late Nineteen Eighties.
“I do know Coach Kellar needs to develop me as a QB,” Bowers stated. “I’d have a chance to compete for a beginning job down the road. With regards to QBs, Coach Kellar is nearly as good because it will get and he has had loads of success.”
Regardless of the accidents his junior season, Bowers nonetheless threw for greater than 1,600 yards in an offensive scheme that’s normally run-first. He had 10 passing touchdowns and one dashing landing final 12 months and is on tempo to double these numbers this season.
On Sept. 16, Bowers visited the Glenville campus to see the Pioneers tackle Notre Dame Faculty. GSU got here away with an exciting 24-21 victory, and Bowers returned to Morgantown with a scholarship supply. He made his dedication to Glenville on Oct. 16.
“I all the time needed to play in school, however I didn’t understand how tough it might be at first,” Bowers stated. “This summer season is when a big a part of the recruiting occurs and I missed it as a result of I used to be nonetheless rehabbing my shoulder surgical procedure, however Coach Kellar and their employees had been all the time involved with me all through the entire course of.
“Their offensive system matches me as a participant nearly as good as any would.”
He’s additionally ready to work within the classroom — and for an eventual life after soccer. He’ll main in secondary schooling with a concentrate on arithmetic.
“Glenville has considered one of, if not one of the best, program for my main within the state of West Virginia,” Bowers stated. “They’ve arrange numerous individuals for the longer term.”
Bowers’ father, John, is an alumnus of Bethany Faculty, the place he was an offensive lineman and was not too long ago inducted into the sports activities corridor of fame. He at present serves as athletic director for MHS and was a former state champion soccer coach.
The Mohigans this 12 months at present sit at 5-2 after a troublesome loss final week in opposition to Parkersburg South. The Morgantown gamers are prepared to show the web page.
“As powerful of a loss because it was, none of us all through observe have centered on it,” Bowers stated. “We nonetheless have every little thing we need to accomplish in entrance of us. With the chance to go 8-2 nonetheless in entrance of us, we’re much more hungry to assault the remainder of the season.”
This week’s check is a street recreation at John Marshall (1-7), coming off a 49-23 loss in opposition to Brooke. The Monarchs’ lone win of the season got here in opposition to Warren (OH) in Week 6.
The senior leaders of the Mohigans know to not take any opponent calmly.
“Now we have had a management council and there have been many seniors which have been on it since now we have been sophomores,” Bowers stated. “The time given to us to have the ability to discover our roles as leaders has undoubtedly proven on the sphere and in observe. Now we have taken many leaps in the way in which now we have approached this 12 months, and Coach (Sean) Biser and our coaches right here have actually allowed us to have the ability to step in as leaders.”
BY MATTHEW PEASLEE