B.J. Owens

Kilgore football standout B.J. Owens (seated, third from left) has chosen Friends University in Wichita, Kan., a private university, to continue his education and football career. Owens was joined for this signing ceremony Wednesday afternoon at the KHS gym.

Kilgore High School senior B.J. Owens didn’t miss out on football during his senior year. He did miss out on what was left of track and field.

But Owens isn’t complaining, and neither is Friends University, in Wichita, Kan. Because they’ve agreed that Owens will continue his education and football career there.

Owens was joined Wednesday by family, coaches and friends at the KHS gymnasium, where he had a signing ceremony clarifying his intentions to sign with the Falcons.

Owens said he didn’t get to visit, but he was happy with his choice.

“They tell me (he’ll play) at wide receiver,” said Owens, who was one of many Swiss Army knives in the Kilgore Bulldogs’ offense a year ago at that position.

He was introduced and commended by Kilgore head football coach Mike Wood, also the school’s athletic director. Owens was joined in signing ceremonies this week by Jeremiah Hoskins (basketball, Mountain View College in Dallas), Jada Abercrombie (volleyball, East Central (Okla.) University), Maliyah Holland (Arkansas-Little Rock, track) and Cameron Jackson (Arkansas-Little Rock, track).

See coverage of Abercrombie and Jackson in Wednesday’s print edition and online at kilgorenewsherald.com. Hoskins’ signing was earlier this week, and Holland’s is in this issue.

The Falcons, an NAIA program, compete in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference.

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