Maximus Lowery was named after the famous general Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 film “Gladiator” played by Russell Crowe.
Entering his senior season, the Lakeshore High running back is ready to help lead his troops into battle as the Titans go after a St. Tammany Parish-record third consecutive unbeaten regular season.
Bursting onto the season in the state quarterfinals as a sophomore two years ago, rushing for 122 yards on 18 carries with four touchdowns in a 55-24 win over Neville.
The starter his entire junior season, Lowery rushed for 887 yards on 147 carries and six touchdowns in Lakeshore’s pass-happy offense.
“I’m not taking anything for granted this year,” Lowery said. “This is my last time doing everything at Lakeshore. My last spring practice, my last summer workouts and my last fall camp and season on this campus. I’m working very hard mentally to try and live in the moment right now. Soak in the moment that is happening right in front of my face.
“When I look back on how much I’ve grown since my freshman season I laugh sometimes. I’m so much calmer now in situations. I react a lot more out on the field as opposed to thinking about things. Everything slows down and I can in turn play better. I feel like I know my position better than anyone else knows their position because of my experience. I’m excited about what we are planning to do this year. We have some new offensive packages in that are going to surprise some people.”
The man in charge of calling the plays to put the ball in Lowery’s hands, Titans offensive coordinator Richard Guillot, said his 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back has come a long way.
“As a freshman nobody realizes this, but Max played defense, so I really didn’t know much about him,” Guillot said. “(Lakeshore head coach Craig Jones) said he thought that (Lowery) could help us as a running back. That year we had Joshua Hayes at the position. As soon as he came over you could tell he really wanted to be good. He’s quite coachable. He had some growing pains early; I didn’t know how to use him at first his sophomore year. I didn’t want pressure on the kid, either.
“He became a very physical downhill runner. The Neville game was the confidence booster that started all of this. It proved to him and me and the rest of the staff that he could play. The team saw him as the running back of this team from that point forward. In 2018, we started to try and incorporate him more into the passing game too and I expect that to continue this season. Fans are going to get the chance to see Maximus Lowery do a lot of different things. He’s going to be the guy that is going to make our offense go.”
The drive and all-out effort Lowery brings to the field, Guillot said, is something you cannot coach, but you are sure glad to have in as many kids as you possibly can on your football team.
“Max is going to be on the field a lot for us,” Guillot said. “Because he does so many things well besides just running the ball. Whatever you need him to do, he is going to do the best he can at it and learn every fundamental thing to help make him better at it.
The Titans open the 2019 campaign at home on Sept. 6 against crosstown rival Fontainebleau.