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Crusaders football team celebrates team, individual successes

Drew Lowery (fourth from the left) was named Athlete of the Year for the 2016 All-City football team. 

By Cari Gallagher '93,
Athletic Assistant  

Entering the 2016 season as the reigning Sectional champions, the Scecina football team was looking to add to its winning tradition. The Crusaders fought their way to a 7-2 regular season record and claimed the Indiana Crossroads Conference Championship. This is the Crusaders’ third conference title (2005, 2007, 2016). 

Led by veteran Coach Ott Hurrle ’70, the team began the road to a successful season early in the summer with pre-season conditioning. By the time practices began in August, the Crusaders were prepared for the Iron Man-style of football Scecina is known for. Seniors Anthony Andrews, Amaari Abdul-Halim, and Chad Kelley brought speed and strength to the roster. Will Ferree and Will Therber, also members of the Class of 2017, offered leadership and experience. 

Athletic Director Jason Kehrer ’88 explains the success of the Crusader football program: “Scecina separates itself from the competition because everyone from the head coach to the least-experienced player on the roster is willing to make the sacrifices necessary to be their absolute best.” 

The team lost in the Sectional championship game to Cardinal Ritter, which went on to capture the IHSAA 2A state title. 

Amid many outstanding performances by individual Crusaders, junior Drew Lowery proved himself an invaluable member of the football program. He was the team’s punter, the kicker, a linebacker and defensive back (50 tackles, 3 interceptions), and a running back (128 yards). His extraordinary effort and versatility earned Drew the honor of Athlete of the Year as part of the All-City Football Team selections. In its article about the All-City football team, the Indianapolis Star wrote: “Lowery did a little bit of everything for Scecina as a kicker, punter, linebacker and defensive back (50 tackles, three interceptions) and running back (128 yards).” 

“Drew Lowery is a complete football player and a tremendous teammate and competitor,” said Coach Hurrle. “His use of his God-given talent should be an example to all of us to make the most out of the talents God has blessed us with.”

The opportunity to play football at Scecina has given Drew more benefits than he dreamed it would.

“Scecina’s football program has taught me that football is more than a sport,” he says. “It’s a commitment to a family, and to a team. During the last three years, the coaches have taught me something new every day in school and at practice. They’ve taught me to be a leader, to respect others, and to work hard. They push me to exceed my limits, which has led me to where I am today. I hope football will be a part of my life in college and beyond.” 

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