Written by Corbett Smith
Martin takes advantage of Bowie injuries in 39-22 win
Bowie lead evaporates after losses of two quarterbacks, star DT
ARLINGTON — Arlington Bowie was leading by 10 points in the first half.
But it wasn’t winning the battle of attrition.
Bowie lost its star quarterback, Kolby Listenbee, and his backup, as well as stalwart defensive tackle Demonte Hood, to first-half injuries, as Martin ground out 242 rushing yards to pull away for a 39-22 win at Cravens Field.
It was the District 4-5A opener for both, with Martin and Bowie expecting to challenge for the district title.
Bowie (2-2) jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, thanks to a 59-yard wide receiver screen from Listenbee to D.J. White.
On Bowie’s second scoring drive, Listenbee — a TCU pledge — was slammed to the turf by Martin’s Devonte Fields and Ty Smalley. He left the game with concussion-like symptoms on a drive eventually capped by a 29-yard field goal by Jose Jara. Listenbee did not return.
His backup, Keaton Perry, tore his meniscus in the second quarter.
The 6-0, 285-pound Hood injured his knee, leaving the field on crutches.
“We fought,” Bowie coach Kenny Perry said. “But when you lose both your [quarterbacks], it’s just a shame.”
Martin — in what coach Bob Wager called an “off-season win” — showed its conditioning, jumping out to two quick scores after halftime. Kyle Hicks scored the first of his two touchdowns on a 14-yard run with 7:47 remaining in the third quarter, and Martin (4-0) never looked back.
Hicks finished with 144 rushing yards, while Cameron Williams added 62 rushing yards and a score.
“In the second half, we really tried to run the ball and wear them out …” Martin tackle Steven Baggett said. “[Hicks and Williams] are the best running back duo in the state of Texas, I think.”