Bishop, Lowe make all-conference marks

By Matt Hill
STAR STAFF

   MOUNTAIN CITY -- In the Big Eight, Justin Bishop and Tolby Lowe were great.
   The two linemen were recently selected as first-team All-Big Eight by the conference's coaches.
   Bishop made the squad at defensive end, while Lowe was chosen as an offensive guard.
   Johnson County head coach Mike Atwood was very pleased with the selections.
   "I was proud of them," Atwood said. "I thought they deserved it. It's tough to make when it's by position. It's hard to get on. You have to earn some respect from the coaches to make the All-Conference team.
   Johnson County came into this season with a lot of question marks, but the questions were quickly answered. The Longhorns made the playoffs during their first year in Class 4A, with Bishop and Lowe being big reasons why.
   "I didn't know if we would have anybody make the All-Conference team at the first of the year," Atwood said.
   Bishop was a key cog on what was a very productive defense. The junior recorded 112 tackles, with three of those being sacks.
   "We expected him to have a good year," Atwood said. "He had a good year as a sophomore."
   Bishop will be back next season, and Atwood is expecting even bigger things from him during the 2002 campaign.
   "We're looking forward to a big season from him next year," Atwood said. "We feel like he's going to have a real big year next year if he gets in the weight room."
   Lowe was stellar on the offensive line for the Longhorns, and Atwood believes he definitely played up to his potential.
   "He really played well on the offensive line for us," Atwood said. "I thought he played as good as he could."
   Defensive end Jesse Cranford and offensive guard Josh Price were second-team choices.
   Longhorn players who earned honorable mention spots included Ricky Shaw, Wes Hamby, Matt Eggers, Adam Johnson, Jonah Dunn and Lucas Moreno.