Athlete of the week: Rueben Owens

El CAMPO, Texas — Week one of high school football is over and this week’s athlete of the week is El Campo junior running back Rueben Owens II.

Owens put up monster numbers in his first game on Friday scoring four touchdowns and rushing for 174 yards. Owens says he wanted to score five touchdowns, but he didn’t play at the end of the third and sat out all of the fourth quarter. Sports reporter Tania Tchalikian caught up with Owens as he received his athlete of the week award.

“I think I played pretty good, I could have played better, I started off slow in the first half even though I had two touchdowns,” said Owens. The second half I came out and broke for some big runs.”

Owens attributes his success to his linemen and the work he put in over the summer.

“It feels good and means a lot. Your mom, dad and family are proud of you, everyone is proud of you,” said Owens. “It’s good to have a lot on your shoulders because it helps you mature faster.”

Owens’ favorite subject in school is math and his favorite artist is rod wave. he has the goal to rush for over 3,000 yards and score 45 touchdowns this year. although he is a long way away, it is just week two of the season. Owens and the Ricebirds have a home game against Fulshear Friday at 7:30 p.m.