When Upper Cape Tech senior Kemrin Glover has the ball, don’t blink. You may miss something spectacular.
The short but shifty Rams’ tailback has a penchant for pulling off big plays. Look no further than his 46-yard run in the third quarter of UCT’s season-opening road game against Bourne. Able to hide behind the offensive line, Glover takes handoffs, makes a cut to the outside and turns on the afterburners.
On that specific play, he brought the ball down to the three-yard line to set up the Rams’ second score in an eventual 27-6 victory.
Although short in stature, Glover packs a punch to go with his breakaway speed. It’s something the senior has dealt with since first beginning organized sports.
“I’ve always had to overcome my height because everyone thinks that since I’m small that I’m not good,” he said. “That I can’t hang with the big boys. But I like to show everyone why they are wrong.”
And he takes every snap and opportunity to remind the naysayers how wrong they are. He was an integral part of the Rams’ run to a Mayflower Athletic Conference-Small title and an appearance in the MIAA small school vocational title game. That turned into a captain’s title in 2019 as the Rams look to build off their breakout 2018 campaign.
He began playing football at 7 and has played basketball since he was 4. A Falmouth native, Glover played town recreational hoops until 5th grade and played in travel leagues from that point onward. On the gridiron, he started Falmouth Pop Warner in the 2nd grade before moving to Mashpee to play in that town’s Pop Warner program in 6th and 7th grade.
But it’s his aspiration to own his own plumbing company that brought him to UCT. While there, he’s earned his Department of Labor Outreach Completion card after successfully finishing 10 hours of construction or general industry OSHA Outreach training. He additionally has earned his CPR certification card.
What do you love about football? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
I’ve always liked football ever since I was young. Watching my brothers play football got me into playing it. I just love how it gets me pumped up. The crowd and the intensity just get me going, and I like when everyone on your team is pumped up and that’s why I fell in love with the game.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
I like to listen to “Dreams & Nightmares” by Meek Mill, “Love Sosa” by Chief Keef, and “Lonely” by Speaker Knockerz before games.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
If I could be one fictional character, it would have to be Spider-Man because he’s just cool and one of my favorite superheroes and he’s the best superhero in my mind.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
On my Mount Rushmore would be Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali and Jackie Robinson. They all changed the perspective of sports and the world.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
My plans after high school are to go into the plumbing trade and be a plumber. My goal one day is to hopefully be able to own my own plumbing company.
What is your favorite school subject?
My favorite subject in school is history, because you get to read back in history and what it was like living in the 1800s and how times have changed from then to now.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
My greatest high school moment was when we won the Mayflower Athletic Conference-Small championship last fall.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I’d invite former Celtics forwards Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett and NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan to a dinner party. I would ask them how they overcame the odds of what people said and thought about them and how or who kept them motivated to be the best players in the NBA.
Which professional athlete do you most relate?
I think I most relate to Washington Wizards guard Isaiah Thomas or Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles. They are both the smallest guys on the court and field, but they both have the biggest hearts and they proved the haters wrong. They made it.
You’re stranded on a deserted island and have only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
I would have to pack a football to toss up when I get bored, some food for when I get hungry, water for when I’m thirsty, a phone to listen to music and a machete to protect myself from animals.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my dad, John Glover, my mom, Kerry Burns, my brothers Johnny and Tyler Glover, my head coach Ken Owens and just everyone who has supported me from Day One.