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 of Wooster. “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 brother pass.” 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.” Keep up with your local newspaper Josie Sellers | Beacon 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.” HAPPY 16 TH BIRTHDAY Jeffrey Scot (J.J.) Hill Jr. WELLS ADVISORS FARGO Retirement Income Strategies From the little boy that we once knew; Look at you now, boy how time flew. Memories cherished of the years past, stay in our hearts where they will last. Sixteen candles brighten the day; Wishes of happiness are sent your way. Are you concerned about what is best for your needs & goals? TheCoshoctonCountyBeacon Joshua G. Fisher, CRPC® Managing Director - Investments or stop by our office at 226 Main St. Coshocton, Ohio (740) 622.4237 250 2nd St. N.W. New Philadelphia, OH 44663 330-339-6669 800-203-4934 Investment and Insurance Products:  NOT FDIC Insured  NO Bank Guarantee  MAY Lose Value Wells Fargo Advisors is the trade name used by Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC Members SIPC, non-bank affiliates of Wells Fargo & Company. ©2018 Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC. All Rights Reserved. CAR-0418-03357 APRIL 17, 2019 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 team honors. 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 Athletic Conference. “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 themselves. “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. 0014_041719 With all our love today and always! Mom and Family THE BEACON 13