ARLINGTON — Tony James showed why he was the District 3-5A MVP as a sophomore last season, accounting for four touchdowns in Arlington Bowie’s 57-22 domination of Mesquite at Wilemon Field on Friday night.
Unfortunately, James showed a lot of his dazzle from the quarterback position after having to replace starter Keaton Perry for the second consecutive season. Perry injured his knee — just as he did in the second game last year.
James replaced Perry midway through the first quarter, and Bowie (2-0) scored four touchdowns in its next five offensive plays, first with James’ 40-yard sprint to end the first quarter that gave the Volunteers a 15-9 lead.
Mesquite (1-1) answered with a 31-yard scoring pass to cap a 46-yard drive and pull the Skeeters even at 15-15 after a botched extra-point attempt.
But Bowie had an answer on the next play, as Trent Shumate darted 44 yards to regain the lead.
The Vols’ defense forced a three-and-out on the ensuing possession, and the offense needed only two plays to extend the lead. This time, James took it in himself from 26 yards, making the score 29-15.
Mesquite punted and James had another one-play Bowie scoring drive. He eluded several defenders in the backfield before running 80 yards for a score. James had 145 yards and three touchdowns on four carries in the first half.
He added a fourth TD on the Vols’ opening drive of the second half, and Bowie cruised the rest of the way. Jalin Badger capped the Vols’ scoring outburst with a 74-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
The game’s opening minutes included an 84-yard kickoff return for a score by Bowie’s Brican Crossley and a 102-yard kickoff return by Mesquite’s Charles Grant II.
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