Wande Owens picked up several honors during his career as a running back at Glenelg. He helped the Gladiators to the Class 2A state championship game this season where they lost to Oakdale at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
Owens wrapped up his high school career with a big senior season, setting a Howard County record for rushing (2,687 yards and touchdowns (40). He earned one final award at the 56th annual Scholar Athlete Awards Dinner Thursday night at Martin’s West presented by The Greater Baltimore Chapter of National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The running back was one of the five individual winners who each received $4,000. Alexander Simet (Towson), Alexander Gresock (Havre de Grace), Justin Pellicciotti (Liberty) and Jacob Tribull (St. Mary’s) were the other four regional winners.
Overall, there was one winner selected from each of five regions, and a total of 69 players were picked from Baltimore City, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Frederick, Harford and Howard Counties to have a chance at those five regional honors.
Owens averaged 191 yards rushing in a game, and he ended up second in state history with a total of 6,361 yards and scored 82 touchdowns in his career. He is committed to play at Yale.
But he said that winning this also is about his whole team and not just him.
“We had a really nice season,” Owens said. “This is not only for me, but it’s for my teammates and coaches. Right now, I’m just reaping the benefits of our hard work.”
He was picked as the Howard County Offensive Player of the Year twice and also was selected to play in the Big 33 game on Memorial Day.
Tribull did a lot of dirty work for the St. Mary’s offense this season. He played fullback in the Triple Option Pistol offense the Saints ran. Translation: Tribull spent much of his time blocking.
He was voted first-team All-Conference and served as a team captain who ranked in the top five percent of his class. Tribull also is on the indoor and outdoor track teams and will play football at Catholic.
“It means a lot to me that I was able to show what I could do and to [show] that I was able to balance everything,” Tribull said.
Gresock was a quarterback and linebacker who became a first-team All-County pick and a County All-Star with Havre de Grace. He was the team's MVP and also ranked in the top five percent of his class and plays basketball and is in the band.
A wide receiver and a defensive back with Liberty, Pellicciotti twice was voted first team All-County and was a team captain plus a three-year starter. He also ranks in the top 10 percent of his class and also plays on the basketball team.
At Towson, the 6-foot, 215-pound Simet was a first-team All-County, All-Division and All-League selection. He is the all-time sack and tackle leader for the Generals and also is an AP Scholar.
St. Frances won the A. Paul Menton Award for the third year in a row. The Panthers went 10-0 and were ranked fifth in the MaxPreps national poll.
The Ben Eaton, Sr. Championship Awards went to Oakdale from Frederick County, the Class 2A state champion and Franklin, who won the Class 3A state title. Franklin defeated Linganore, 17-14, in the championship game when Simon Spath nailed a 29-yard field goal as time ran out.
The Indians finished the season 12-2, and coach Anthony Burgos was named as Coach of the Year on The Sun’s All-Metro team.
Keith Mills from WBAL won the Herb Armstrong Service to Football Award. This is given to people who’ve made significant personal contribution and commitment to football in the Greater Baltimore area.