West End quarterbacks share more than a love for football


RICHMOND, Virginia – There is a battle going on on the West End football fields. It’s not over who can run the fastest, throw the furthest, or tackle the best.

The battle is over who is the best Owen.

Owen Fallon plays Douglas Freeman High School quarterback.

A few miles away, Owen Fallen plays the role of quarterback for Collegiate School.

Both Owens have their respective teams on solid starts this football season. But their similarities don’t end there.

Each Owen started playing football at the age of eight. And of course, they were on the same team.

“Both of our fathers were coaches on the team and it was like, ‘Owen!’ All the time. And then Owen Fallen and Fallon. You’d never know who he was calling, so we both went. “
said Owen Fallen.

“Over the announcements it would be ‘Owen Fallon for the touchdown.’ I would sit on the sidelines and look around and say it wasn’t me, ”Owen Fallon added.

“Our two mothers would just have to cheer on whoever was there. They didn’t really know,” Fallen said.

The misunderstandings were not confined to the family. Whenever a player is mentioned, someone almost always believes it’s the other one they’re talking about.

This can cause panic from coaches and embarrassing texts from college football scouts.

“I saw your first three games of the movie. It looked great! I felt like I hadn’t played three games yet,” said Owen Fallen of a conversation with a recruiter.

The Owens have remained friends throughout school and even train with quarterback coach Malcolm Bell.

They have never faced each other on the soccer field, which makes it easier to root for success.

But it also brings out the competitive side of each of them.

“Him and I have the same name brings out the best in both of us. It’s an ongoing thing, who is the best Owen? Owen Fallen said. “It brings out the best in me. I really want to represent my Owen Fallen. I don’t disrespect him, but I want to be the best Owen Fallen.”

“I would say I’m a better runner and I would say I’m probably a better pitcher than him too. I’m just going to be honest!” said Owen Fallon. “I kind of feel like a weird connection with him. I want him to be successful, I want him to be successful. His name is kind of my name.”

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