Gabe Bowers, senior lineman of Scott Community High School in Scott City, Kansas, is one of the top returning small school football players in the entire state of Kansas. Scott City, who is in 3A and in the GWAC in Western Kansas, is no stranger to producing solid talent in multiple sports of the years and Bowers fits the mold to lead the Beavers this 2020 football season.
Bowers, who plays offensive guard, defensive end and defensive tackle, is one of the strongest players in the state. He may be just 5-foot-10 and a half in height but has 265-pounds to go with it. His weight room numbers are off the charts as a known powerlifter in Kansas. He benches 345-pounds as he enters his senior season along with a 500 pound squat and 315 pound clean. Bowers can also move for a big boy with a 40-time in the 5.1-5.2 range. He is part of six returning starters on offense and defense who return for head coach Jim Turner.
Last season, he earned all-league offensive line and defensive line, as well as all-state honorable mention. He’s had a combined 100 plus tackles from his defensive line spot over the last two seasons as a junior and sophomore. This year will mark his third year in a row to start.
Bowers is also an all-state wrestler taking 5th place last season in 4A with a 33-11 record in the 285-class. The class was loaded with Logan Brown (Iola), Ayston Perez (Ulysses), Evan Dean (Santa Fe Trail), Nuck Funk (Atchison), Bowers and Hunter Scott (Mulvane) who all placed in 2020.
Bowers also gets it done in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA and his favorite course at Scott Community is Science.
While he is one of the top returning 3A/4A multiple sport athletes in the state for 2020-2021, he has his sights set on one thing and that’s the 2020 season. SC went 8-3 last season and as we mentioned return a combined 12 starters for 2020. He expects Saywer Stevens, Kevin Serrano, Isaac Tarango, Colton Cupp, Jace Thomas and Loren Faurot to have big seasons for the Beavers.
We caught up with Bowers below in the latest Q&A edition of Faces in Kansas.
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Q&A w/ Bowers
How did you get involved in football?
I don’t know really, I guess just started when I was young. I started when I was 4, or 5, and played pee wee and flag football. But I think I started bc all the men in my family were pretty good and I wanted to be like them.
What are your goals this season?
Well, obviously we all want to win a state championship, I’d also like to pick up a few offers too. And I want to help turn the younger kids into better men.
Do you guys have a shot to make a run this year?
Yea actually, I really think we do. Camp made everything look super promising.
What makes you such a force as a player?
Well my weight room numbers for sure. And I think my ambition. I’m too competitive and I hate losing. So I have to push myself to do better and be more.
What’s the atmosphere like to play football on Friday night for your school and town?
It’s amazing. Our crowd is always loud, and sometimes on the field we feel like our sideline and the crowd are competing to see who can be the loudest. And then you add the canon into it. During the regular season, our team feeds off the canon, it hypes us all up.
For anyone that hasn’t seen one of your games, why come to one?
Our community is so welcoming. You’ll feel like you belong there. You’ll feel all the hype during our games. You feed off the energy around you.
Who are other key players on your team?
Sawyer Stevens, Kevin Serrano, Isaac Tarango, Colton Cupp, Jace Thomas, Loren Faurot
Favorite thing about football?
The Physicality, I like hitting people, being explosive. Hyping my boys up. Making the plays.
Do you play any other sports, tell us about that, what other positions do you play?
I wrestle and I powerlift. Both are looking super promising this year. I’m an offensive guard, defensive end, and a defensive tackle.
What is it like to play for your coach?
Pretty crazy but its supposed to be. He pushes us to be our best everyday. He makes us better constantly. Sometimes we think he needs to chill out a bit, but that’s how every player thinks about their coaches. But Coach Turner is pretty fun.
What did you and the team do in the off-season to become better?
I worked out twice a day every day. Slept as much as I could. Drank a bunch of protein shakes.
Favorite thing to do when you aren’t playing sports?
Workout, hang out with my boys.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Favorite subject in school, what type of student are you, GPA?
Science, kind of a make everyone’s day better. 3.50
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