Bulldogs Rock With Rowe

A 2009 in-state football prospect is off to a strong start again this season.

Opelika, Ala.--Josh Rowe was impressive as a junior last fall and nothing has changed this year as the Opelika High senior has helped his team open the season with a 3-0 record and a Top 10 ranking in Class 6A Alabama High School Athletic Association football.

The quick, athletic and physical linebacker made 14 tackles and added an assist in his team's 34-0 victory over Dothan High School on Friday night.

"I think I played pretty well and I think the team played pretty well," says the senior, who was directing traffic on defense in the contest, making sure his teammates were lined up in the right places.

"We still have a lot of work to do," he notes. "We made some mental mistakes, but those can be corrected. Now we are turning our focus to getting ready to play Enterprise. That will be a big region game."

Rowe says he is doing his best to be a leader as a senior. "I take a lot of pride in being a linebacker and I take a lot of pride in our defense. We work as a team. If we are all playing together all of the time, we can be a really good team."

Spence McCracken, head coach of the Opelika High Bulldogs, has high praise for his senior playmaker, who he says is the best linebacker he has coached.

Rowe, who notes that he currently checks in at 6-0, 196 pounds, says that he has put recruiting on the backburner with the season going strong. "I have been talking to some recruiters and I am still going through the process, but right now I am focused on our games each week," he says. His only Division I offer so far is from the new program at South Alabama, but he is hearing from a variety of colleges, including Auburn.

Last season Rowe earned first team All-State status after making 107 tackles with six sacks, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

Off the field, Rowe is also trying to take care of business. He notes that he has a 3.3 GPA. "Making good grades is the main thing," he says.

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