Arlington Bowie's aggressive defense stifles Louisiana's Edna Karr

ARLINGTON — Its last time here, under the indoor lights of Jerry World a Labor Day ago, Arlington Bowie couldn’t stop a DeSoto offense on the ground or in the air. When its 36-6 victory against Edna Karr (La.) ended, a Bowie player could be heard on the sidelines saying that’s more like it.

And it was. Coach Kenny Perry knows his defense can be special. Defensive linemen Demonte Hood and Jessie Rogers are major Division I talents. The secondary is experienced.

Monday the defense lived up to that potential.

“They came up with some big plays,” Perry said.

Russell Hansbrough, who has committed to Arizona State, rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns, and quarterback Kolby Listenbee, who has committed to TCU, added a rushing touchdown. But it was the Bowie defense that stole the spotlight.

It started in the second quarter. Edna Karr had the ball on the 10, with an opportunity to take the lead. The defense stuffed them on two running plays and forced two incomplete passes.

From the second to the fourth quarter, Edna Karr started in Bowie territory four times and started at least at its own 35 three more times. But Bowie’s six forced turnovers, including a forced fumble and fumble recovery for Devin Williams, nullified the advantage.

In the fourth quarter alone, as Bowie cemented the blowout, the defense had three interceptions. Two came from Robert Zenon. He returned one 85 yards for a touchdown.

“Making a lot of turnovers, we win the game,” he said. “Simple as that.”

Zenon had returned an interception to the 1-yard line before, but this was his first interception for a touchdown.

“At Cowboys Stadium,” he said.

Zenon was proud to do it here, the same with the rest of Bowie’s defense.

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