MANSFIELD — Friday was a feast for Arlington Bowie’s defensive front.
Mansfield’s power run game was no match for Bowie’s down linemen in a one-sided 24-9 victory for the Volunteers at Mansfield’s R.L. Anderson Stadium.
Mansfield junior running back Julius Lewis spent the first half searching for holes in the line but had trouble finding any, leading to just 56 yards of total offense for the Tigers (0-1) before halftime.
On the other hand, Bowie senior running back Trenton Shumate danced and weaved his way to 96 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
“Yeah, I’d say that’s his best game,” Bowie coach Danny DeArman said. “It was his first on offense.”
Shumate switched to running back from defensive back.
Shumate opened the scoring, rushing for a 20-yard touchdown early in the second quarter. The senior followed that up with another 20-yard scoring scamper with seven minutes left in the half.
“It’s a good feeling,” Shumate said. “I’ve just got to get used to [offense].”
Bowie completed its first-half scoring on a 35-yard field goal by Antonio Hernandez with just over a minute left in the second quarter.
Bowie senior quarterback Keaton Perry made his first start since suffering a season-ending knee injury last season and connected on one passing touchdown with senior running back Brican Crossley. Crossley burned his way into the defensive secondary on a seam route, reeled in the pass and walked into the end zone from 33 yards out.
However, Mansfield didn’t leave empty handed.
Tigers kicker Nathan McBride drilled a 32-yard field goal late in the third quarter to give Mansfield its first points of the game.
Mansfield wrapped up the scoring with a 1-yard quarterback keeper by sophomore Caleb Evans with 2:55 left in the game.
Perry went 17 for 29 for 195 yards and an interception.
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