KEARNEY — When watching game film, every now and then Kearney Catholic coach Dave Colling would miss who made the tackle on a play. “You can probably assume it was Alex Lowe,” he said.
Most times, when Colling rewound and reviewed the play, his assumption was confirmed.
Lowe has been a rock at middle linebacker for three seasons at Kearney Catholic, and is the Kearney Hub’s Defensive Player of the Year.
“Very sad to see him go,” Colling said. “He’s a tough kid, has a nose for the football and does the stuff you can’t teach.”
This season Lowe racked up 171 tackles (110 unassisted), near the top in Class C1. It was a repeat performance for the senior, who was near the top of the tackle charts in Class C2 the year prior.
Lowe was one of many talented players on the Kearney Catholic defense, which worked in his favor.
“Teams used to double team him to get him blocked, but with our defensive line this year they couldn’t do that,” Colling said. “So they had to try and single block him — that just wasn’t going to work.”
Using a combination of speed and power, Lowe routinely made short work of blockers while fighting his way to the ball carrier at top speed. His game, and tackles, were ferocious — far off from his polite and well-mannered personality.
Despite having other playmaking seniors such as John Blake, Isaac Richter, David Squiers, Austin Lowery, Brian Husmann, Thomas Connely, Conner Streit, Alex Liess and Brett James on the field as well, Lowe was the unquestioned leader of the defense.
“He understood the defense, and as a coach it was easy to get the calls in because he knew what we were trying to do,” Colling said. “He was like a coach on the field. He got all the guys in the right places and did all the little stuff we take for granted sometimes.”
Lowe, who first started a sophomore, enjoyed every minute playing with his classmates — even the long hours prepping for game day.
“I enjoyed just being on the field three hours a day with my friends, and not having to worry about anything else,” he said.
“It’s a brotherhood with the team — all of us seniors have been playing together since junior high,” Lowe added. “Defensively we fed off each other and played with high emotion on the field.”
Lowe increased his role on the offensive side of the ball as the season progressed, rushing for over 100 yards in a playoff victory over Broken Bow.
The Stars’ hopes of returning to the state championship after jumping up to Class C1 were cut short by Adams Central on Nov. 6, as the Patriots used some key turnovers late in the game to pull away for a 28-7 win the state quarterfinals.
“It was a hard fought football game that could’ve gone either way,” Lowe said, racking up a season-high 25 tackles in the game.
His prep football career may be over, but Lowe is planning to play at the collegiate level. He’s been in contact with St. John’s University (Minn.), and is interested in a few other places as well. The 5-11, 200-pounder can run a 4.6 40 and hopes to continue making an impact on the gridiron.