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No. 2-ranked Skyline stunned in loss to Arlington Bowie, first-time starting QB Tony James
ARLINGTON – Somebody forgot to tell Tony James that he’s an inexperienced, undersized quarterback.
The Arlington Bowie sophomore, starting his first game under center, led the Volunteers to a 38-36 upset against Skyline, the No. 2 team in SportsDay’s 5A area rankings.
“Boy what a great day,” Bowie coach Kenny Perry said. “He’s an electric kid, but it wasn’t just him. Every kid contributed.”
Skyline (2-1) rallied for 20 unanswered points in the fourth quarter and was a two-point conversion away from tying the game. But Devante Kincade’s pass fell incomplete, and the crowd at Wilemon Field went wild. Bowie (2-1) recovered an onside kick and held on for the win.
James was thrust into a starting role after Keaton Perry tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a loss to Mansfield last weekend.
Kenny Perry abandoned the team’s air raid offense upon losing his starter, and after 72 hours of non-stop “grinding” in practice, he said, James and the offense were ready.
The 5-foot-8, 150-pound wide receiver-turned-quarterback orchestrated a pair of efficient first-quarter drives, and Bowie raced out to a 14-0 advantage. Skyline never held a lead.
Perry said the win may be the best in program history, especially after losing his starting QB.
“It’s got to be one or two after what we’ve gone through,” he said. “Poor Keaton. The kids kept saying all week, ‘Let’s win this for KP.’ Because they knew the pain that kid was going through. But they didn’t panic one bit. As a coach you have to be proud of that.”
Skyline trailed 38-16 at the start of the fourth quarter and stormed back into the game with the help of some big plays. Kincade found Lamont Johnson for a 60-yard touchdown pass with 9:28 remaining in the fourth quarter – Skyline’s first points of the second half.
Bowie’s next possession resulted in a punt, but it was blocked by Justin Norton and returned 31 yards for a touchdown by Malik Jemison.
Bowie then turned the ball over with an ill-advised play. James handed off to Eric Rivers, who then threw an interception at midfield.
Several plays later Kincade ran for a 16-yard touchdown to set up the two-point conversion that would have tied the game.
Some of Skyline’s best offensive weapons looked out of sync throughout the night. Senior wide receiver Ra’Shaad Samples had only one catch – a 17-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.
Kincade finished with 270 passing yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
James was 15-for-23 passing for 103 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for 184 yards and two more touchdowns.
James’ favorite target was wide receiver Jordan Vesey, who had seven catches for 41 yards and two touchdowns.
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