HUNTINGTON – Gavin Lochow honestly comes down to his athleticism.
The Huntington High School junior quarterback is the son of former college athletes. His father, Steven, was an outstanding linebacker at the University of Dayton. Her mother, Amy, played tennis at Furman University.
âMy athleticism comes mostly from my mom,â Gavin said. âWell, and my dad. Dad was a very good player and helped me a lot.
The peerless quarterback, however, added hard work to senior genes to become West Virginia’s first high school quarterback, as indicated by his being named a House Award winner.
The West Virginia Sports Writers Association selected Lochow for the honor, named after the former JR House of Nitro High, now third base coach with the Cincinnati Reds. Lochow will be honored at the 75th Annual Victory Awards Dinner on May 1 at the Embassy Suites in Charleston.
âGavin just got so much bigger and stronger,â Huntington coach Billy Seals said. âHe worked hard in the weight room and on his footwork. “
Lochow is the first player in Huntington High history to run and pass over 1,000 yards in a season. He completed 125 of 207 passes for 1,952 yards and 19 touchdowns. Lochow carried 254 times for 1,677 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also caught a touchdown pass.
Lochow led a powerful HHS offense averaging 37.8 points per game. The Highlanders spent much of the season number one and finished 13-1, losing to Martinsburg 62-21 in the Class AAA State Championship game.
âHe understands the game a lot better,â Seals said of his third-year incumbent.
Lochow was the key to Huntington High’s turnaround from a 3-6 season in 2020 to the rugged Mountain State Athletic Conference victory this season.
Lochow is known as a fierce competitor. He must be. Her brother, Torin, plays basketball at Marietta College and his sister, Haven, plays football and tennis at Georgetown College.
Gavin Lochow said his brother is excellent, but the best athlete in the family.
“They would probably disagree, but they know deep down that I am,” he said.