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Sophomore running back playing with Malice

Photo Courtesy | Mark Tibor Mallis rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on the season for the Owls.

Jennifer Hoffer – Staff Writer

Suspensions and losses of key players due to injuries left the Owls football team rounding up the younger members of the squad to step up and take the field late this season, one of those being sophomore running back Jack Mallis.

Photo Courtesy | Mark Tibor
Mallis rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown on the season for the Owls.

As any player would be, Mallis was excited for the opportunity.

“I’ve played football my whole life so playing in a football game is something I’m used to,” Mallis said. “But it definitely was a new experience for me, but I wasn’t too nervous. I was more excited and enthusiastic about it.”

Last spring, Mallis tore his PCL and meniscus so he worked extremely hard this summer to get his body where it needed to be for the start of the season.

“This summer I really had a lot of time working to just get back on the field because it’s like a three month injury so I did a lot of rehab and physical therapy this summer,” Mallis said.

His hard work has not stopped there, though. Mallis said that he has been trying to stay healthy this season by pushing himself both on and off the field.

“I’ve been doing a lot of work off the field and training in the weight room and doing speed work and what not,” Mallis said.

The team has had it’s fair share of challenges to deal with this season accounting for the injuries to the key players and the suspensions but also something to look forward to; a team for the future.

Head coach Rich Cavanaugh, along with Mallis, said that there is talent with the younger players. It’s just the time that will tell.

Even though the team’s record may not be what the team expected, Cavanaugh is pleased to see that the effort is still there, even as the season starts to wind down.

“Its just like any other year in this respect,” Cavanaugh said, “we have a game to play each week and we need to prepare and some of our guys are working very hard week in and week out to do that.”

Coach Cavanaugh said that he was impressed with the effort and performance that Mallis put on for the team.

“He played very well, he played hard, he did some good things,” Cavanaugh said.

Mallis said he is not blindsided by the fact that the team is young. But he said he is anticipating a nice future for all the players in the coming years

“I think we’re a lot younger this year so there’s been a lot of mistakes on and off the field but I think that we have a bright future ahead of us if we keep working as a team,” Mallis said.

Losing the core group of seniors to graduation last spring was also a loss for the team in the sense of leadership.

“Last year we had an older team; we had a lot of seniors so the leadership was a little bit more there,” Mallis said. “We had more poise on the field and off the field but I think that we have a future ahead of us as a team as long as we keep working together and working hard.”

Mallis said he was pleased by his performance in the games he played in and said it was a good experience for him to be able to have a chance to go out and get some carries for some plays.

For the future seasons, Mallis said his goals are to continue to get faster and stronger so he could make a bigger impact on the team. Mallis finished his sophomore year with 155 yards and a touchdown in limited action.

“It was a good experience for me to get on the field,” Mallis said. “I definitely wanted to experience being out there on the college football field playing running back. I just want to get better as an individual player physically; to go out there and train to get back to where I was before my injury and be able to help the team win.”

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