Senior Matt Bowen has had an excellent career for the Mashpee High School football team, one that has earned him numerous accolades, a chance to play in college and the highest form of compliment from head coach Matt Triveri.
Triveri refers to Bowen as “a dude,” and only the best players that come through Mashpee get the Lebowski label.
Matt, the son of Laurie Bowen, is a defensive end and tight end for the Falcons. His high school career ends tonight, April 23, as the Falcons look to put the finish on a strong season with a win against Sandwich High School. Bowen also was a post player for the boys’ basketball team.
In school Matt’s favorite subject is English. His favorite meal is chicken parm with a Cookie skillet from The 99. “Superbad” is his favorite movie and “All-American” is his favorite TV show.
How did you get involved with football? How much do you enjoy it? What was your role on the team?
My cousin Devon got me involved with football when I was about 5 years old because I would always go to his games and I just used to think to myself as a young kid that that is something I would want to do when I get the chance. I enjoy football very much. It is practically my life, and my role on the team is to play tight end and defensive end.
Describe your feelings when you found out that you were going to get to play a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
I was ecstatic because I knew, going into this year, that we had a special senior class that had a lot of potential to be great, and so far I don’t think we have disappointed with our record currently 5-1, while making it to the South Shore League Tobin championship game.
You are about to play your final high school football game. What is like to know that the end is in sight, and how do you feel about how your season, and career, went for the Falcons?
I feel like I had a pretty good career for the Falcons, being a two-way starter for three years. Having that experience at a young age definitely helped me develop as a player, and it’s very bittersweet knowing I will be playing my last high school football game this week against Sandwich. Recently I have been thinking back on my time as a Falcon and there were many ups and downs, but I wouldn’t trade my experiences for the world, because, through thick and thin, the players and coaches in the program always stuck together and were truly a family.
You also played basketball for MHS. What was it like to be a part of the program, and what will you remember most about it?
I loved being a part of the basketball program at MHS for the last four years and what I will remember most would have to be stepping on the court at TD Garden my freshman year thinking about all the history in that building and all the greats that have played right where I was standing.
You have been recruited to play college football. What was the recruiting process like for you, and are you happy with how it worked out?
My recruiting process started early and was pretty hectic because I ended up getting my first college offer in March of my junior year, from Lawrence Tech, a small (NAIA) school, and from there my recruitment took off and I ended up finishing with seven D1 offers and about 28 offers in all. But, in the end, I ended up committing to Southern Connecticut State University, which is a D2 program in New Haven, Connecticut. I decided to commit to Southern after many talks with Coach Berg (Bergeski) and Coach Godek because they were different from many coaches. They were very personable and up front and just all-around good guys, and good with my family, so I knew I would be taken care of there.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
I think the scouting report would say that I am a good sized tight end and defensive end that is fundamentally sound, and will do his job every play and not let pressure and big moments get to him.
If you could replay one game that you have played in, which one would it be? Why?
It would be the 25-24 loss to Abington this year, because that is the only blemish on our record this year and it is honestly a team we shouldn’t have lost to because I feel we are the better team. But we just had too many mistakes early that ended up costing us later in the game.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career so far would have to be beating Cohasset this year. I say that because they beat us in the playoffs my sophomore year, and also ended up snapping our win streak that night as well, and then they went on to beat us that next year at Coho, so it felt good to finally get over that hump and beat them this year in my senior year.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve ever played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate I have ever played with is Nick Santos. He is probably the hardest worker and most determined person I know. That kid just won’t take “no” for an answer. We have been best friends since we were in 1st grade so he isn’t afraid to be hard on me if I am not giving my best effort, and he will definitely push me to give maximum effort in literally anything I do, so I will forever be grateful for that.
Do you have any sports-related superstitions? If so, what are they?
I don’t really have any sport-related superstitions, but normally I have to listen to music before the games to get locked in and focused.
Was there anything that you accomplished or worked on improving during quarantine that you’re proud of?
The biggest flaw in my game over the past years has been my speed but over quarantine that was the main thing I worked on and I have definitely seen major improvements.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my grandmother, who sadly passed away last week at the age of 70. She was my biggest supporter and literally made it to every one of my games, whether it was home or away. She didn’t care how far the game was, or what time; she would literally always find a way to be there. I truly do not think I would be the person I am today or in the position I am now in without her love and support.
What’s the most interesting place you’ve ever visited? Is there somewhere in the world that you’ve always dreamed of going? Why?
The most interesting place I have been to is Disney World and somewhere that I have always wanted to visit would have to be the Caribbean because of the weather and beaches there.
What’s the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back, what advice would you give to your freshman self?
I would definitely say the biggest difference is my maturity, and one piece of advice I would give my freshman self would be to control what you can control and to not take the little things for granted.
What is something about you that people would be surprised to learn?
I used to play the trumpet back in elementary school.
If you could switch places with one person for a week, who would it be and what would you want to do?
I would switch places with Patrick Mahomes, because he’s the man and I would want to have a party in his mansion.
Describe your idea of the perfect day.
Waking up on a perfectly sunny day in the summer around 8:30 and head out to Sandy Neck with some friends and just have a good time.
What are your post high school plans?
I plan on attending Southern Connecticut State University in the fall to study sports management and play football.