The Coshocton County Beacon April 17, 2019 - Page 13
River View’s Croft signs to play football at Wooster
By Josie Sellers
WARSAW – When Cowen Croft was a sophomore in high
school, he decided that playing college football was
something he really wanted to do. On April 8 he took
a big step toward making that goal a reality when he
signed his letter of intent to play football at Th e College
“Th e campus is really nice,” said Croft, who is a senior
at River View High School. “I went there as a sophomore
when my brother looked at it and knew I really wanted
to go there.”
Cowen’s brother Caden also plays football at Wooster.
Th eir parents Leslie and Whit Croft are looking forward
to watching them play on the same fi eld.
“It’s pretty amazing,” Leslie said. “It will be really nice
to go to one game and see both boys. Th ey didn’t get the
chance to play together much in high school. Maybe
they will have the opportunity to setup a brother to
Football is a huge part of the Croft family’s life.
“He (Cowen) has been playing since he was in third
grade,” Leslie said. “Football is just something that
we’ve always done. We are glad he gets to continue on
for another four years.”
Cowen thanked his parents, family, friends, team-
mates, teachers and coaches for helping him get the
opportunity to go to the next level.
“My sophomore year was a deciding factor for me
about playing or not,” Cowen said. “I kept pushing be-
cause I knew if I had made it this far, I could go farther.”
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River View High School senior Cowen Croft (center)
signed his lett er of intent to play football at The College
of Wooster. The signing was held April 8 in the library
at River View. He is pictured with his mom and dad Whit
and Leslie Croft.
One of his favorite memories from high school ball
comes from that year.
“I remember stepping on the fi eld for my fi rst varsity
game and going in at safety,” Cowen said. “I ended up
getting a tackle against a very good quarterback.”
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He also fondly remembers scoring against Coshocton
as a senior.
“It was our last game of the season and my last touch-
down catch,” Cowen said. “It felt good to be able to put
points on the board in that game.”
During his high school career, he also earned 2017
Region 11 second team honors and 2018 Region 11 fi rst
River View Head Football Coach Mike Hemming is
excited to see Cowen move on.
“It’s a great day anytime one of your players gets to
go to the next level,” Hemming said. “Th e number one
thing though is that he is going to get a good education.
Cowen is the second guy I’ve had sign to play in college
and that’s good for the program too. It shows we are
getting out there.”
Wooster is a Division III school and plays in the Ohio
“Th ey are getting an athlete who is very athletic and
has good footwork,” Hemming said. “He is one of our
best defensive backs and can play both sides of the ball.”
Cowen’s words of wisdom to his younger teammates
who might want to play college ball is to not doubt
“If you have any doubts, don’t listen to them,” he said.
“If you love the game, keep on playing. Not everything
will come easy though. You have to work for it.”
Cowen plans to major in business at Wooster.
With all our love today and always!
Mom and Family
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