Boylan graduate Dean Lowry, now in his second season as a defensive lineman for the Green Bay Packers, scooped up a fumble today and returned it 62 yards for a touchdown.


It was a huge play for the Packers in a 26-20 win over the Tampa Bay Bucs, keeping their playoff hopes alive.

The touchdown was a couple of "firsts in a while."

Lowry is the 17th player from the NIC-10 to play in either the NFL or old AFL. He was the first NIC-10er to score in a NFL game since Guilford's Carlos Polk got a safety for the Dallas Cowboys back in 2008.

Lowry was the first NIC-10er to score a touchdown since East's Ira Matthews scored on a 104-yard kickoff return for the Oakland Raiders against the San Diego Chargers in 1979.

Here's the complete list of NIC-10 leading scorers in the NFL.

Player, high school, years in NFL, TDs, Safeties, extra points - Total
Preston Pearson, Freeport, 1967-1980, 32 TDs - 192 points
Rex Enright, Rockford, 1926-1927, 5 TDs - 30 points
Jerry Latin, East, 1975-1978, 4 TDs - 24 points
Leo Stasica, Rockford, 1943, 1 TD - 6 points
Ira Matthews, East, 1979-1981, 1 TD - 6 points
Dean Lowry, Boylan, 2016-2017, 1 TD - 6 points
Carlos Polk, Guilford, 2001-2008, 1 safety - 2 points
Laurie Walquist, Rockford, 1922-1931, 1 extra point - 1 point

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