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Arlington Bowie scores 28 in third-quarter burst, explodes past Keller Central, 49-3
ARLINGTON — Making a seventh consecutive state playoff appearance, Arlington Bowie opened with a 49-3 victory over Keller Central in a Class 5A Division I matchup at Cowboys Stadium.
Bowie senior running back Don Jerry started an explosive third quarter with a 64-yard touchdown run on the first play of the second half to give Bowie a 21-3 lead. Bowie had a 28-0 third-quarter run and led 42-3 heading into the fourth quarter.
“The defense was doing what it was supposed to do,” Bowie sophomore quarterback Tony James said. “We have some big-time players. The offense needed to come out and do what it’s capable of doing.”
Bowie (10-1) set up its big plays largely by executing a variety of screen passes to speedy receivers. Junior Brican Crossley turned a 19-yard screen into a touchdown to give Bowie a 28-3 lead.
Senior Eric Rivers turned another screen into a 44-yard touchdown. Rivers’ third touchdown reception came as he feigned to block on a screen, then broke downfield on a skinny post to catch a 23-yard touchdown pass from James.
“We started out a little nervous,” Bowie coach Kenny Perry said. “We’ve played in big games. But this is the first in the playoffs. It’s at Cowboys Stadium.”
Bowie plays the San Angelo-El Paso Franklin winner at 2 p.m. next Thursday. If it’s San Angelo, the game will be in Brownwood, and if Franklin, it will be at Midland’s Grande Communications Stadium.
Central (6-5) lost for the second consecutive season in the playoffs. Central lost to Allen at Cowboys Stadium in the first round last year. Central had seven first downs, 101 yards total offense and punted 10 times Thursday.
“Everybody on our defense is doing something,” Perry said. “The linebackers, the defensive backs are smothering them, and the tackles are playing great.”
Bowie led 7-0 on its second possession. Rivers had a 2-yard touchdown run after catching a direct snap to cap a 66-yard drive. Bowie’s first possession ended on a fourth-and-goal on the Central 4-yard line.
Central pulled within 7-3 in the second quarter on junior kicker Hunter Morrow’s 28-yard field goal which hit the post but ricocheted through.