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‘Dark horse’ Trey Owens leading high-powered Cy-Fair offense

‘Dark horse’ Trey Owens leading high-powered Cy-Fair offense
Cy-Fair junior quarterback Trey Owens holds offers from Baylor, Houston, Rice, Texas Tech, SMU and others. (Courtesy: @trey.owensqb/Instagram)

CYPRESS, Texas (BVM) – Cy-Fair junior quarterback Trey Owens notices the popular trend of mobile, dual-threat QBs from the high school level all the way up to the pros. With NFL quarterbacks such as Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen and Jalen Hurts stealing headlines for making defenses pay with their legs in addition to their arm, Owens refuses to alter his strengths to fit in. 

It’s not that Owens isn’t capable of flashing his mobility or extending plays with his feet, but it’s his ability to make every throw and fit passes into tight windows that has the three-star QB on the Power 5 radar. 

“I feel like I’m more of a pass-first guy; I don’t like to run as much as I can,” Owens said. “I don’t want people to think I can’t do that; I definitely can when I want to. Obviously, if the play breaks down, I’m able to make plays with my feet as well. I definitely think that sets me apart from other quarterbacks because I can make every throw.” 

Owens first put the state on notice last summer when he led Cy-Fair to the Texas 7-on-7 State Championships consolation game in June 2021. The strong summer catapulted Owens to a breakout sophomore season when he threw for more than 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns. 

Then in the spring, the offers began rolling in. 

UTSA and Rice were the first programs to offer Owens before Houston, SMU and Tulsa stepped in to offer the 6-foot-5, 200-pound QB in May. The month of June brought offers from Washington State, Texas Tech and Baylor as Owens solidified himself as one of the best QBs in the state. 

With a handful of offers now under his belt, Owens has put his elite skill set on full display to open the 2022 campaign. However, it began with a season-opening, 24-21 loss to Bridgeland in which Owens threw for 195 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. 

“First game, you’re going to have a lot of mistakes; everyone does,” Owens said of the Week 1 loss. “Honestly, it’ll be a growing point for our team because there are a couple sophomores who had first-game jitters and messed a couple things up but it’s all good; me and my teammates did the same thing last year so I totally understand.” 

Owens and the Bobcats certainly learned from the Bridgeland loss because they’ve been on a tear ever since. 

Cy-Fair picked up its first win of the season the next week during a 63-21 beatdown of Cypress Park as Owens (25-of-28 for 388 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions) threw as many incompletions as touchdown passes (3). The Bobcats then knocked off Cypress Woods and Stratford in back-to-back weeks (where Owens threw for 505 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions over the two-game span) before a showdown with defending 17-6A champion Jersey Village on Friday. 

Owens threw for 359 yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions as the Bobcats (4-1) surpassed 600 yards of total offense to top the previously undefeated Falcons. Both teams combined for over 1,200 yards of total offense in the 61-49, high-scoring contest.

Through five games, Owens is on pace to shatter the numbers he put up during his impressive sophomore season. He’s completing 67 percent of his passes for 1,447 yards, 15 touchdowns and three interceptions with a 125 QB rating. 

“This year, we all definitely have a closer bond and we’re all on the same mind level,” Owens said. “I think this year should be really special for my team and I.” 

This might not only be a special year for Owens and his teammates, but for his future as well. 

The junior QB said that a handful of Power 5 programs that he’d never been recruited by began contacting him after Sept. 1. That led to Owens being in Austin for the Alabama vs. Texas game last month as a Longhorn recruit before taking in a Kansas vs. Houston game a week later as a Cougar prospect. 

Owens is currently enjoying the recruiting process and everything that comes with it, including creating relationships with college coaches across the country. Despite his recruitment heating up in the midst of an impressive junior season, the plan is for Owens to continue going on visits through next summer before a decision on his future home is made. 

The three-star QB is appreciative and grateful of every school and coaching staff that has offered him, but he can’t help but notice the ones that haven’t. And while Owens isn’t quick to say that he’s slept on, his father calls him something similar: “the dark horse.” 

“One thing my dad kind of says is that I’m the dark horse because there’s several schools that I feel like I can definitely perform at that I haven’t heard from,” Owens said. “These schools that have offered me, I love them and all their staffs. I’m grateful that they took a chance on me and it really does mean a whole lot. 

“But, yeah, I would definitely say that I’m a dark horse and kind of slept on a little bit.”