Gavin Lochow enjoyed an outstanding junior season for Huntington High School’s football team in 2021.
The Highlanders finished 13-1 and came within one victory of capturing the program’s first state championship.
Yet for all of Lochow’s success last season — and there was plenty of it, as evidenced by him being a Class AAA first-team all-state selection and the recipient of the J.R. House Award — it’s the finale that’s most been on his mind since the Highlanders fell short in the title game on the first Saturday in December.
Martinsburg had its way to the tune of a 62-21 victory against Huntington and the Bulldogs set a Super Six record in the process by intercepting Lochow five times in the convincing win.
“It gives me a lot of motivation,” Lochow said. “I lean on it as something to learn from and learn how to improve from it. It was a rough last game, but it’s something we can learn from and it’s definitely motivating all of us.”
It’s been Lochow’s driving force during a busy offseason ahead of his senior season. The signal caller has kept busy at college camps and has already made appearances at Wofford, Youngstown State, Davidson, East Tennessee State, Dayton, Brown and Harvard.
Davidson and Dayton have offered him, giving the Highlanders’ quarterback two out-of-state offers to go with a pair of Division II offers from Charleston and West Virginia State.
“Not only do they get to work with me, but I get to work with them and see if I could myself playing for one of those coaches,” Lochow said of his experience at college camps. “Film only tells you so much, so this way they can see me in person. It’s a great experience to see what their team is like and how they coach.”
A few schools have hinted an offer could await Lochow pending his performance early in the 2022 season. For now, Davidson and Dayton, where his dad Steve played linebacker, are atop Lochow’s list of potential colleges.
“I loved everything about both schools and both coaches,” Lochow said. “I could see myself playing at both places and I felt at home at both places.”
Lochow plays only quarterback for the Highlanders, and became the first player in Huntington history to surpass 1,000 passing and rushing yards in a season as a junior. He threw for 1,952 yards and 19 scores while completing 125-of-207 passes and added 1,677 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns on 254 carries.
“I would like to play quarterback in college,” Lochow said. “Some of the coaches have told me that I could come in as an athlete and get a look at different positions. Some have said …….