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Local notebook: Stowers’ first interception nearly went for six

bmccormick@heraldonline.comSeptember 11, 2013 

Former Northwestern Trojan Keon Stowers doesn’t get many opportunities to touch the football as a defensive lineman for the Kansas Jayhawks, but he did Saturday when he intercepted a second quarter pass by South Dakota quarterback Josh Vander Maten.

Stowers, a 300-plus pound defensive lineman took the interception all the way to the end zone, only for a flag during the return to negate the score. Kansas and South Dakota were tied 7-7 at the time, but the Jayhawks went on to win 31-14.

Stowers added four tackles in the season-opening win.

Five questions with...

York’s Daurice Simpson

Q: York is a one-school community. What’s it like to play in that kind of environment on Friday nights?

It’s kind of good. Everybody supports us.

Q: If you had to suggest a similar movie that you’ve seen recently what movie would you recommend?

Friday Night Lights, because they were the only school in town and everybody was rooting for them.

Q: After 15 catches last week, what was it like to play in a 46-45 game as a receiver?

It was hard. I was tired, cramping up, but we pulled through.

Q: Buddy (Anderson) hit that 35-yard field goal to win the game – how tough are y’all on the kickers?

We ain’t that tough on them. Not that tough.

Q: Is that a bad rap that football teams get, picking on kickers?

Yeah (laughs).

Q: When Gaffney comes to town Friday, what kind of greeting are they going to get from you guys?

We plan on blowing them out.

Ex-Bearcat makes first NFL catch

Former Rock Hill and South Carolina receiver Tori Gurley made his first NFL catch with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in a 23-10 loss to the Miami Dolphins. With receiver Josh Gordon serving a suspension, Gurley was needed for depth at receiver, but he offered more than that in the fourth quarter when he pulled in a 15-yard grab for a first down on a fourth-and-10 play.

Gurley was on the Browns’ practice roster but was activated Saturday ahead of Sunday’s season opener. Gurley had been on the books of six other NFL teams without ever seeing competitive game action, making Sunday’s performance even sweeter.

Fellow former Gamecock and ex-York Cougar Spencer Lanning also made his NFL debut Sunday as the Browns’ punter. Lanning booted five balls for an average of 45 yards, and stuck a pair of punts inside the 20.

Northwestern’s national rankings

Northwestern continues to rise in national high school football rankings after winning its opening three games in dominant fashion. This week, the Trojans debuted in USA Today’s Super 25 at No. 25; Byrnes is ranked 15th in the same poll.

Kyle Richardson’s bunch also remain ranked in MaxPreps’ Xcellent 25 (No. 15) and the Freeman Computer Rankings (No. 13). The Trojans will be on the move again after Friday night, though whether that’s up or down the polls depends on the Byrnes result.

McCormick: 329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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