Sunday, April 20, 2014 8:44 PM
Published on: Monday, November 19, 2012
By Brandy L. Simms
ROCKVILLE – Neal Owens, the man credited with bringing the Richard Montgomery Football team back to respectability is gone.
He quit Wednesday.
His resignation comes as the latest tumult in a historically active football program.
For years the Richard Montgomery Rocket football team dwelled in the cellar.
After Mike Bonavia left for Einstein and then Sherwood, the once proud Rockets sank to unbelievable lows.
For several years, as the school system built a new school, the football team didn’t have a home field. They played at Montgomery College and practiced at Julius West Middle School.
Despite having a wealth of talent, including D-1 recruit Thomas Bradley who now plays for Towson, and D-1AA quarterback Zachary Karem – who played for Coastal Carolina, the Rockets continuously misfired.
In 2007 they finished 5-5, one touchdown away from going to the playoffs and finishing with a winning season.
After that it was all downhill.
The nadir of their existence came three years ago when they went 0-10 despite a healthy number of athletes and a new field named after legendary coach Roy Lester, who helmed the program from 1959-68.
He amassed a 25-game winning streak and during his tenure, Richard Montgomery compiled a 86–10–1 record, which included six undefeated seasons.
Two years ago Neal Owens took over looking straight up hill at a seemingly insurmountable task.
Last year he was 5-5 and this year he took the Rockets to their first winning season, 6-4, since Bonavia left the school.
Richard Montgomery High School is searching for a new head football coach following the resignation of Neal Owens.
Owens, who guided the Rockets to a 6-4 record this season, announced his departure via twitter.
“It has been my pleasure and honor to be the coach at RM for the last three years,” he tweeted. “It is with extreme sadness that I am resigning.”
Owens guided the Rockville public school to an 11-19 record during his tenure and the program showed improvement each season. Richard Montgomery finished 0-10 in 2010 and went 5-5 last season.
No word yet on who will replace him.
Posted By: Footballbeast On: 11/21/2012
"No word yet on who will replace him."
Im thinking its gonna be the guy who just pulled the knife out of Owens' back and has blood all over his shirt. WWJD.
Posted By: Mr. G On: 11/21/2012
What in the heck happened? I am an RM Football parent and I can speak for several of us when we say we are dismayed by this. Coach Owens had been doing a wonderful job, not just on the field, but off the field too. The kids were help accountable, but also knew Coach had their best interests at heart. My son transferred from another school and the difference between the programs was incredible. Organization, communication and discipline were the focus of Coach Owens and it showed.
RM has lost a good one, and our kids will suffer for it.