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Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Peters Township's Cory Owen

Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Peters Township quarterback Cory Owen throws a pass during practice Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, in Peters.
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Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review - Cory Owen- Peters football 2013
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Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

Cory Owen rushed for 246 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 103 yards Friday to lead Peters Township to a 33-28 victory at Baldwin in the Quad Central. After having three first-half touchdown runs called back because of penalties in the first half, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior quarterback ignited a 26-point fourth quarter and scored the decisive points on a 45-yard run.Q: What was it like to play so well in the opener?

A: It meant a lot, especially coming out with a win. That was the most important part. It was definitely exciting. Hopefully, I can do that throughout the season to help the team out.

Q: How frustrating was it to have three TDs negated?

A: We just had to keep going. We had some holding and blocking-in-the-back penalties. I told my teammates if we can score three touchdowns like that, we can definitely do it in the second half. It gave them hope we could do it again. Then I scored three more.

Q: Did you yell at them?

A: I just told them not to do it again. It can be frustrating, but you can't start screaming at them. You have to learn from your mistakes and keep going. I tried picking them up and saying stuff to them. At halftime, we said, ‘We've got to stop with this stupid stuff and get into the game.' We went into the half down 7-0 and we knew we were better than that. We went out in the second half and did it again, except it counted.

Q: Do you have any pre-game rituals?

A: I listen to music: hip-hop, rap and Christian music. My dad (John) is pastor at Family Worship Center Pittsburgh at Southpointe. It's just my kind of music. I guess other people have theirs, but I've been around Christian music all my life. Before games, it gets me going. I'll mix it in with Pittsburgh rappers like Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa.

Q: Who's your favorite NFL player?

A: I love Tim Tebow. They say I'm like Tebow, just because of all the running I've done. But I think I can throw the ball, too. He's definitely my favorite player, just that he stands up for what he believes. He believes God got him there. A strong-willed guy is definitely the type I look up to.

Q: Do you have a nickname?

A: My uncle (Bill Boss) calls me ‘Snowman' because my number has been 8 since my freshman year. It's kind of a family thing right now. No one in the locker room has called me Snowman yet.

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