Pine High’s James Owens: Rising Star in Louisiana Football

Published 1:45 pm Tuesday, January 2, 2024

In the world of high school football, few names have resonated as strongly this season as James Owens of Pine High School. Recently, Owens took his talents to the Gridiron Bowl Game in Baton Rouge, a gathering of elite high school football players from across the United States and Canada. This event not only showcased emerging talent but also offered Owens an invaluable platform to display his versatile skills against top-tier competition.

Despite his team’s close defeat by a touchdown, Owens’s spirits remained high. “I had a great time and it was an incredible experience,” he shared. Participating in such a high-profile event was a dream come true for Owens, who has dedicated countless hours to honing his skills on the football field.

At Pine High, Owens has been a standout figure. In his senior year, his statistics were nothing short of remarkable: he amassed over 1,665 all-purpose yards, scored 25 touchdowns, and secured three interceptions. This performance is a testament to his versatility, as Owens has adeptly handled multiple positions – running back, receiver, and strong safety. His ability to adapt and excel in various roles makes him a valuable player and a tough opponent.

His impressive season has set the stage for his future ambitions. Owens aspires to continue his football journey in college while pursuing academic interests in kinesiology or a career as an athletic trainer. His passion for sports and dedication to academics reflect a balanced approach to his future.

Owens is currently exploring several collegiate options, including Clarke University, Culver-Stockton College, and Louisiana Christian University. His performances at football camps hosted by some of these institutions garnered significant attention, ultimately leading to his invitation to the prestigious Gridiron Bowl Game.

Owens’s journey is more than just a series of games and statistics. It’s a story of resilience, hard work, and passion. As he prepares for the next chapter of his life, Owens reflects on his time at Pine High with gratitude. “It’s where I grew, not just as a player, but as a person,” he says. The local community and Pine High School have been integral in nurturing his talent, providing him with opportunities to shine both on and off the field.

As Owens sets his sights on the future, he carries with him the lessons and experiences from his time in high school football. His story serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes in Washington Parish and beyond, demonstrating that with dedication and hard work, dreams can turn into reality. Owens’s journey from the fields of Pine High to the bright lights of the Gridiron Bowl Game is just the beginning of what promises to be an exciting and successful career in football and academics.

About Timothy Holdiness

Timothy Holdiness is a native of Louisiana and has been published in several state, national and international publications. He has earned two undergraduate degrees in Biology, most recently from Northwestern State University in 2022. Notably, Holdiness was the 2014 Microsoft Office Specialist United States Champion in PowerPoint 2010.

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