After spending the past two years as the starting quarterback for the Gahanna Lincoln High School football team, Mike Lowery is returning to Pickerington North for his final prep season.

The rising senior was the Panthers’ starting quarterback as a freshman before moving to Gahanna prior to his sophomore year.

According to Lowery, family played a key role in his decision to transfer back to North on June 11.

“Lots of things went into the very tough decision, (and) of course, I didn’t want to leave my team here at Gahanna and my brothers here,” Lowery said. “I’ll be going off to college next year, so I just wanted to … have (my mother) in my life more, and just to play and graduate with the guys I started school in seventh grade with.”

Last season, Lowery completed 187 of 313 passes for 2,379 yards with 22 touchdowns and four interceptions and was named first-team all-OCC-Ohio Division and all-district, as Gahanna reached a Division I, Region 2 semifinal and finished 7-5.

In 2016, he passed for 2,350 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions as the Lions finished 5-5.

As a freshman for North, Lowery threw for 1,646 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as the Panthers went 5-5.

Lowery will join a North program that finished 10-3 last season with 2018 graduate Jimmy Weirick at quarterback. Weirick passed for 2,680 yards and 34 touchdowns and rushed for 1,083 yards and 12 scores while being named district Offensive Player of the Year.

No other quarterbacks on North’s roster completed a pass in a varsity game last season.