Season recap: Mario Rowson
Lake Taylor (Va.) football coach Hank Sawyer keeps it simple when discussing Mario Rowson's senior season.
“He was a real good football player,” Sawyer said of the Maryland cornerback commitment. “He made all-region, all-district, all-Tidewater and second-team all-state. He played some special teams, offense and defense. He was a two-way starter.”
Rowson -- who helped Lake Taylor to a 10-3 record -- made plenty of big plays on both sides of the ball. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound cornerback intercepted seven passes and caught eight touchdowns at wide receiver.
One of his best performances of the year came against Hampton in the Virginia Eastern Region Division 5 semifinals. Rowson caught a 26-yard touchdown pass and played lockdown defense in the Titans’ 10-7 win.
“He went up against the other team’s top receiver, he got on him and shut him down,” Sawyer said. “Against Hampton in the playoffs, they had a receiver that was real good. Mario [covered him] and he had no catches on him.”
Sawyer coached Rowson for all four years of his high school career. From a development standpoint, Rowson -- as expected -- got stronger and faster during his time at Lake Taylor. But that’s not necessarily what Sawyer will remember most about his star defensive back.
“[I’ll remember] he would do anything for the team,” Sawyer said. “He would always go in on special teams and be very unselfish. He didn’t care about his stats. He just wanted the team to be successful.”
Sawyer said the Maryland staff thinks there’s a possibility Rowson contributes early, thanks in part to his ability to play man coverage. Does Sawyer think Rowson could see some action as a true freshman?
“Yes I do,” Sawyer said. “With his height and speed, yes I do.”