Bowie QB returning for important senior season after two season-ending injuries

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Arlington Bowie’s Keaton Perry has had his past two football seasons shortened by a pair of knee injuries.

Luckily for Perry and Bowie, the dual-threat quarterback has another season before graduating with everything to prove.

Perry, the son of former Bowie head coach Kenny Perry, surely had a bright future ahead of him as an underclassmen, having the wisdom of his father around him at all times.

But the season-ending injuries, coupled with the fact he stands under 6-feet tall, has made college coaches weary to peruse Perry with scholarship offers. Perry hopes he could play for schools like Oklahoma, TCU or Texas A&M, following in the footsteps of his favorite college player, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, but he knows he has much to prove come this fall.

“I’ve worked harder this season than any other because I know this is my last chance to make the statement I need to make,” Perry said. “I’ve always had a positive mindset that something good has to come out of this. I’ve been working hard this offseason to make this next season pretty good and magical.”

Last season against Mesquite, Perry rolled right to avoid intense oncoming pressure.

A lane opened up on the right side as the wide receivers carried their defensive shadows down the field, and it was instinct for Perry to tuck the ball and take the yards by foot, not unlike Manziel.

Perry moved Bowie 20 yards closer to a touchdown with the impressive scamper, but said he would ultimately trade every one of those yards to have that play back.

At the end of the rush, Perry planted a foot to juke a safety and felt a strange but familiar feeling.

“I think I just tore my ACL again,” Perry told his running back in the huddle.

“You’ve got to be playing,” the back replied in shock.

The year prior, Perry had entered the rivalry match between Bowie and Arlington Martin after starting quarterback Kolby Listenbee left the game with a concussion, but his playing time was cut short when he tore his ACL the first time. He attempted to tough out the injury, playing one more drive and coming in on third-and-long plays, but after throwing two interceptions on a leg that just wouldn’t hold him, he knew it was over. He lost his sophomore season.

A year later, he remembered the strange feeling and knew he was about to lose the rest of his junior season by hurting his other knee.

“I just knew that I had a great opportunity, because I was playing so well that year coming out of the first game and we had a good team. I got hurt and I felt like I let the team down, and it was a bummer,” Perry said.

Perry passed on the opportunity to participate in other sports such as baseball this offseason, spending an extra month rehabbing the injured knee in hopes he can return to the field healthier than ever.

His father, Kenny, has since moved on to take a role in the TCU football program’s front office, which is a little disappointing, Perry said. Being the optimist that he is, however, he knows he’s just gained an extra head coach, as his father will still be watching and critiquing his play throughout his senior year.

Practices did get a little easier though, he said.

“I definitely don’t get chewed out as much as I did in practice, but I miss him at practice and I miss him on the team,” Perry said with a laugh.

Coming out of spring ball and working through summer 7-on-7, Perry knows he’s returning stronger and more ready to showcase his abilities one last time.

“I’m just trying to do everything I’m capable of doing to make sure I help the team as much as I can and stay healthy, and finish the season being a good leader so we can make it to the playoffs and hopefully win a state championship,” Perry said.

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