Owen McClanahan of Poca snags Gamer honors
Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to junior Owen McClanahan of Poca High School.
The Poca High School Dots football team won 33-14 against the Winfield Generals in a Cardinal Conference showdown. The Dots were limited to only 269 yards of total offense, but still managed to sour Winfield’s homecoming. One standout player that helped win the game was Poca’s own “Swiss army knife,” Owen McClanahan. His athleticism allows him to be a key utility player at multiple positions including slot receiver, running back, cornerback and safety. Owen stepped into the running back position after Poca’s heralded running back, Ethan Payne, was injured. Owen ripped off 7 rushes for 101 yards, but none more important on the night than a 63-yard sprint to the end zone that placed the final nail in the coffin for the Generals. On the night, McClanahan scored two touchdowns and made three receptions for 26 yards. The Dots were able to extend their undefeated record to 7-0.
Owen has played football since he was 6 years old. When asked about who inspires him most he said, “My father, Chris McClanahan, has been my biggest inspiration. I have always
looked up to him because of the stories when he won a state championship at Poca back in ’94.”
When asked about the key to his team’s success Owen says, “We have continued to play together and treat each other like we are family, I believe this has brought us closer together on and off the field. Our team goals for the season are make it to the playoffs and go undefeated.″
Poca has long past put the memory of winless seasons behind and now looking forward to future and where the program is headed. Head coach Seth Ramsey has brought back the culture of winning and hard work to the town that once had many state championship contenders in multiple sports. According to Owen, the coaching staff has expanded their playbook and beefed up the off season and preseason conditioning programs. Poca will still have a tough test ahead as more Cardinal Conference competitors await their chance of ending Poca undefeated streak.
Owen currently has a 3.3 GPA and is a member of the wrestling team. Owen plans to attend college in pursuit of becoming a pharmacist.
Amy Widdifield is an exercise physiologist and the director of fitness operations for Potential Plus at Teays Physical Therapy Center.