ARLINGTON — Arlington Lamar and Arlington Bowie entered Friday’s game at Cravens Field with matching records, but there was little question who was the better team.
Bowie (6-1, 4-0 District 3-5A) scored the game’s first 27 points en route to a 48-17 romp.
Keaton Perry completed his first six passes for 176 yards as the Volunteers scored 21 first-quarter points. He finished 14 of 20 for 243 yards and two touchdowns.
Backup quarterback Tony James again factored heavily into the offense. He scored twice on the ground with 66 yards on five carries and added 53 yards receiving, as well as completing his only throw for 16 yards.
Bowie’s Trent Shumate rushed for 106 yards.
Lamar quarterback Shane Buechele was held to 6-of-22 passing for 77 yards and a score. Lamar (5-2, 3-1) had some success running, with Jamal Kemp’s 13 carries for 120 yards and a score. Cameron Smith had 79 yards on 14 carries.
Bowie kept pace with Martin, which defeated North Crowley to stay on top in 3-5A and set up the teams’ big showdown in three weeks.
James capped Bowie’s first drive with a 12-yard TD run. Anthony Hawkins later added a 1-yard TD run, Bowie led 21-0 when Perry, despite a bad knee, found Brican Crossley on a 50-yard scoring pass.
Hawkins scored his second TD of the first half on a 21-yard run in the second quarter for 27-0.
The Vikings scored on their ensuing possession when Buechele hit Jaries King from 34 yards for 27-7.
Bowie struck back as Crossley scored from 25 yards for a 34-7 lead, the score at halftime.
As rain fell, Bowie added TDs on its first two drives of the third quarter, a 39-yard James run and a 26-yard pass from Perry to Jordan Versey, who had four catches for 77 yards.
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