Staff photo by Albert Villegas

El Campo Ricebirds running back Rueben Owens II runs away from Lindale defenders in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs at McLane Stadium in Waco last Thursday. Owens has the most rushing yards and touchdowns in Texas. Some of those yards came in a September district game in Wharton when the Tigers faced him. Owens had 123 yards rushing and four touchdowns against Wharton in a 70-21 victory.

El Campo junior running back Rueben Owens II has been named a Mr. Texas Football semifinalist. 

Owens is one of 25 athletes in the state that is still in the running for the final honor. The Ricebirds junior running back has the most touchdowns and rushing yards, according to Maxpreps.com. Owens also has the fourth-most touchdowns in the nation. 

In his junior season, he had rushed for 2,787 yards, averaging more than a first down every carry. 

Bellville running back Richard Reese, who played Wharton earlier this season, is also a semifinalist. Reese this season has 2,174 rushing yards.

At the end of the football season, the list of 25 will be narrowed to 10 finalists. The winner will be announced before the TaxAct Texas Bowl, which will be played at NRG Stadium in Houston on Jan. 4, 2022, according to Texasfootball.com.

Past winners of this award include Kyler Murray (two-time winner (Allen High School), Johnny Manziel (Kerrville Tivy), and Johnathan Gray (Aledo).


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