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No stars needed: Canfield QB Broc Lowry picks up first Power 5 offer from Iowa State

Correspondent photo / Michael G. Taylor Canfield's (12) Broc Lowry dives for the 1st down.

CANFIELD — If you look at any of the major recruiting sites, you won’t see any stars next to the name of Broc Lowry.

But the Canfield quarterback isn’t letting that bother him.

On September 18, a day after gashing Chaney for five total touchdowns in a 35-6 victory, The junior signal-caller announced that Iowa State had offered him his first Power 5 scholarship offer.

“My coach has been telling me ‘You earned this offer, even with no stars, you don’t need any stars to get offers,'” Lowry said. “I proved that point with this offer so it feels really good.”

After seeing what he’s been able to do from a young age, Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky said it was no surprise that Lowry fielded the offer from Iowa State.

“He deserves everything he’s going to get here in the next 12-18 months,” Pavlansky said. “He’s worked hard from a young age and spent a lot of time honing his craft as a quarterback, even as a defensive back. He’s special, there’s no doubt about that.”

It’s been a long time coming for Lowry. As a sophomore last season, He took over under center for Canfield midway through the season and helped the Cardinals win nine straight games before eventually losing to eventual state champion Chardon in the playoffs.

For Canfield coach Mike Pavlansky, he knew that Lowry would take over for the Cardinals at some point as he split time with senior Ethan Fletcher, who was a two-year starter at quarterback, for the first three games last season. But, Lowry eventually proved that he was ready to take over.

“We knew from an early age that he was going to be special, but obviously anytime a sophomore comes up and he’s going to start for you, you don’t want to overload them mentally,” Pavlansky said. “He started on defense and offensively we wanted to make sure that he could make the checks and reads to the level that we needed to try and be successful. But after Week 3, everyone just knew that he was ready to take over.”

Since leading the Cardinals into the playoffs last season, Lowry hasn’t stopped making a name for himself.

In five games this season — he missed a game due to illness – Lowry has led the Cardinals to a record of 5-1 and has completed 69-percent of his passes for 983 yards and 11 touchdowns while only throwing one interception. He’s been a threat on the ground as well, rushing for five touchdowns and over 200 yards this year.

“The growth has been tremendous from his sophomore year to now and I think what he’s done more of this year is checking in and out of the right plays, becoming comfortable doing that, and reading coverages while throwing the ball to the right receivers,” Pavlansky said. “We have a bunch of guys who can catch the football and he’s got confidence in all of those guys depending on what he’s seeing coverage wise.”

Although he had a solid season last year, Lowry came into his junior year ready to build on his 2020 campaign. He didn’t receive any offers over the summer and was motivated to have colleges start recognizing his talents. But he knew he had to continue to improve on the field as well.

“I just wanted to build on last year and be more of a general of the game I guess,” Lowry said. “Like I wanted to throw the ball away when I needed to and just make smarter decisions with the ball than I did last year.”

So far, Lowry has done just that this season and he’s looking to continue to do so. The Cardinals have scored 35 points in their last four games and Lowry is ready to keep leading his team in the right direction.

“We just have to practice well, practice like you play,” Lowry said. “Bring the energy every day and just keep it rolling.”

Lowry and the Cardinals will look to keep it rolling on Friday when they play host to Austintown Fitch.

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