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Athlete Spotlight: Glen Owen III and Clayton Seigler, Augusta Prep.

Posted: October 4, 2017 - 12:57am
Glen Owen III and Clayton Seigler each play on the scout team, helping the offense prepare for each week’s opponent.

Glen Owen III and Clayton Seigler aren't the biggest football players at Augusta Prep.

Still, coach Harry Bacheller calls them "tougher than $2 steaks," a pair of players who epitomize the tough-nosed spirit of Cavaliers football.

"I have to imagine that every play is my last play," said Seigler, a senior tailback/linebacker. "It's my senior year. I can't afford to get injured. I've got to play hard, play fast and get up after tackle. If something hurts, I've got the weekend to make up for it."

Augusta Prep is off to a 4-1 start this season. While the Cavaliers have several playmakers in the likes of B.J. Stone and Will Dorn, Owen and Seigler are contributing in multiple ways. A pair of linebackers, they each play on the scout team, helping the offense prepare for each week's opponent. They're also chipping in on both sides of the ball.

Before Friday's win over Bethlehem Christian, Seigler had 63 rushing yards and a reception for 15 yards. On defense, he has eight tackles.

Owen entered this past week's game leading the team in tackles with 38, along with a fumble recovery. He also has 61 rushing yards and two touchdowns, and a team-high 10 receptions for 117 yards.

The statistics mean less than the wins Augusta Prep has racked up in recent years. Last season, the team went 8-2 with a trip to the state playoffs.

"I like how we have a family tradition here," Seigler said. "We work as a team. For the past seven years, we started out young and have grown up."

Seigler began playing football in fifth grade. He skipped a year before getting back into the sport. Seigler's breakthrough came last year when he started and the team won its first seven contests.

"Last year was one of our best years," said Seigler, who also plays baseball for Augusta Prep. "We lost a few people, which hurt us in the playoffs. But it was a huge leap for us to get that 8-2 season."

Owen played flag football as a youth and then started playing tackle football at the rec department in third grade. He started watching Georgia football and began enjoying the sport more, he said.

Owen, whose older brother, Jack, was Augusta Prep's quarterback for three seasons, started playing football at Augusta Prep in ninth grade. As a freshman, he played on a limited basis, but he learned the game better. He also toughed out his freshman campaign after suffering a hip fracture the summer before high school. He played through the injury - he even made it through basketball season - but the pain eventually became too much. After undergoing surgery, Owen missed his entire sophomore campaign, becoming the team's statistician instead.

"It was pretty aggravating at times," he said. "But we had a good team and I was glad to stay with the team. I felt like I was a part of something."

Owen said returning to football this summer was something that concerned him a little.

"I was worried I wasn't going to be able to run," he said. "It felt fine, but ever since the start of football season, it's gotten tight again, but I think that's just going to be part of it. I'm just going to have to play through it. I can't sit out again."

While Owen has time to figure out his college plans - he said he wants to attend Georgia - Seigler said he likely won't play football in college. Instead, he said he wants to attend South Carolina and possibly major in constructional engineering.

As one of 10 seniors, Seigler said he and his teammates are leaving a legacy at Augusta Prep that football has become a major asset to the school.

"If you work together as a team, as a family, you can really grow and build something like we've built for Prep," he said. "Everybody saw football as the least sport. Then we built it up to where we're not getting crushed anymore. We're the ones crushing teams."

 

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