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FOOTBALL: NFF tips the scholar-athlete cap to Southington’s Bouchard

FOOTBALL: NFF tips the scholar-athlete cap to Southington’s Bouchard

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SOUTHINGTON — Time management has been critical in the high school career of Southington High School senior football captain Owen Bouchard.

The two-year starting right tackle wasn’t only a force on the gridiron the last two years, he’s ranked among the best students in his senior class.

“I have had a lot on my plate over my high school career,” Bouchard said. “I’ve played multiple sports and have had a challenging academic workload. I’ve developed time-management skills that have allowed me to do multiple things on a daily basis, including weightlifting, football, hours or homework and still hanging out with my friends.”

Earlier this month, Bouchard was selected by the National Football Foundation as one of top high school football scholar-athletes in the country. He was one of 13 picked in the Northern Chapter.

Bouchard was selected due to his success in academics, athletics and community service throughout his high school career. He’s ranked No. 17 in Southington’s Class of 2019 and has an overall GPA of 109 out of a possible 120.

“I’ve been blessed with the opportunities I’ve had,” Bouchard said. “It’s opened a lot of doors for me and will help me in the future.”

Bouchard is heading to UConn, where he will study exercise science. Ultimately, he desires to study medicine to ultimately be an orthopedic surgeon.

“That’s my ultimate career goal,” said Bouchard. “I have a passion for sports and weightlifting, and this is the perfect career path for me because I’m interested in the human body and how everything works.”

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder was coach Mike Drury’s pick for Record-Journal Scholar Athlete. Bouchard is also a member of the National Honor and National Latin Honor societies.

He played football exclusively in his senior year, but also had stints in basketball, baseball and track throughout his four years as a Blue Knight.

This season, Bouchard was part of an offensive attack that averaged 385 yards and 35 points in going 10-0 in the regular season. Southington went 18-3 in the last two seasons with Bouchard starting on the O-line.

At UConn, he will focus entirely on academics, but will continue weightlifting.

“I’ve developed a stronger love for weightlifting than any other sport that I’ve done,” Bouchard said. “I lift on my own. I also competed with our high school team. We finished second.”

That competition was during his junior year against 30 schools. He came in first in bench press (325) and power clean (270) and was second overall.

Bouchard said he’s loved his time at Southington.

“The best part of my time here is the relationships that I’ve made,” Bouchard said. “The relationships with my coaches. They’ve taught me about football and life. I’ve enjoyed the relationships with my teammates. A lot of them I’ve played with for 10 years. We’ve made a ton of memories and won tons of games. Those memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.”

Drury said Bouchard has set an example in his time in Southington.

“He’s had tremendous dedication to the program,” Drury said. “He never missed a lift or training session or community service event. He’s always doing those extra things and he’s among the top kids in his class.

“You don’t get many kids that can do all of that,” Drury added.