Lowry’s Anthony Peterson announced he will attend Eastern Oregon University this fall to play football for the Mountaineers.
Lowry’s Anthony Peterson announced he will attend Eastern Oregon University this fall to play football for the Mountaineers.
The last time Lowry High School senior Anthony Peterson put on a football uniform was in November 2019, as the Buckaroos played in the Northern 3A playoffs in Elko.

At the time, little did Peterson or anyone else know, that would be one of the final high school games in 16 plus months. Despite many states playing high school football in the fall of 2020 or the spring of 2021, Covid-19 has shut the sport down in Nevada.

Despite all the bad news, Peterson has found a bright spot and will play for Eastern Oregon University this fall. The Buckaroos have had a history of sending players to the small NAIA school in La Grande, Ore., for the past several years.

Peterson will play running back for the Mountaineers. In 2019, Peterson ran for 1,961 yards on 299 carries and he scored 13 touchdowns. He earned all-league honors at the position. In 2018, Peterson rushed for 134 yards in a little over one game, before being injured in the second game of the season against Sparks. 

“I am really excited for the next step,” Peterson said. “It is going to be a big change. It is a lot more skill and physical and I just have to prove myself up there. I feel comfortable with the coaching staff and I love the campus up there. It was a good fit for me.”

Eastern Oregon is coached by Tim Camp. Camp and his staff are no strangers to Lowry or northern Nevada. They have visited northern Nevada on a number of occasions to host camps. 

“Anthony is a true running back with the quickness and elusiveness to make guys miss, and the power to run through tacklers,” Camp said of Peterson. 

Peterson, a 2020 state champion wrestler for the Buckaroos, said that he has been conditioning and lifting weights, while football and wrestling have been on the banned list in Nevada.

Peterson also reached the state championships in track and field for the Buckaroos.

Eastern Oregon did not play in the fall of 2020 and will have a condensed scheduled of four spring games and possibly three weeks of playoffs, beginning on March 20. The hope is to get back to a regular schedule in the fall.

Despite the short time between a possible spring high school football season and a fall college season, Peterson is ready to go.

“I want to play right now,” Peterson said. “I hope we get the okay from the governor to play. I know the time in between is short, but I am ready to go right now.”