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Flores, Lowe agree to play for Minnesota West

Worthington High School seniors Octavio Flores and Teyel Lowe will play line positions next fall for the Minnesota West Bluejays

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WORTHINGTON -- Seniors Octavio Flores and Teyel Lowe signed Monday to continue their football careers at Minnesota West Community and Technical College next fall, and head coach Jeff Linder is tickled to have the Worthington Trojans on his team.

“They’re hard-working kids. They’re going to give you everything, and you’re going to know they’re giving you everything,” Linder said.

Flores, a 5-8, 240-pound offensive lineman who can play either guard or center, chose the Worthington school in part because it has a good plumbing technology program. A self-described vocal leader and team player, he said he’s looking forward to “learning the grind” with the Bluejays.

Staying close to home is a plus. “It’s going to save me a lot of money and I like what they’re building at this program,” Flores said Monday afternoon at his high school media center.

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Lowe, a 6-4, 250-pound defensive end, is more of an unusual case, in some ways. He only played high school football for one season -- his senior season. He’d torn his ACL in middle school, and he sat out for a few years after that. But he said he owed it to himself to get back in the game.

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His year was outstanding. He worked himself into a starting position, where he earned South Central All-District honors.

“Initially, I was surprised (at the year I had),” Lowe said Monday. “I thought I’d be bottom of the barrel, and even the coaches put me at the end (in pre-season). I had to work my way up. I didn’t miss a day in the gym.”

Lowe exhibited an outstanding run-stopping ability with the Trojans.

“I’m excited to see him. Run-stopping is a mentality thing with defensive people. And he’s got it. Now we’ve got to teach him to get around the corner, and more extensively on how to break that edge to get to the quarterback sooner,” Linder said.

Linder said Flores will be an easy fit into the Minnesota West offensive line, which the former Bluejay lineman called “the most thankless job on the team.”

But Flores said he’s willing to hit the weight room hard, and learn whatever he needs to know.

Linder said he believes both new recruits can get onto the field quickly at West and become impact players.

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Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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