Defensive backs help Arlington Bowie roar past Sam Houston

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Arlington Bowie continued its domination of District 3-5A opponents, cruising to a 69-14 win over rival Sam Houston on Friday night at Wilemon Field.

Quarterback Keaton Perry set the tone on Bowie’s opening drive, connecting on his first two pass attempts, the second a 23-yard touchdown strike to Brican Crossley, covering 62 yards in just 24 seconds to take an early 7-0 lead.

“We wanted to score really quick and get momentum on our side,” Perry said.

Junior defensive back Niko Small had a huge night for the Volunteers (7-1, 5-0 in District 5-5A), returning two first-half interceptions for touchdowns and recovering a fumble on the Texan’s (3-5, 2-3) opening drive.

“I watched a lot of film on Sam Houston this week,” Small said. “I felt like I knew what they were going to do, and I was in the right place at the right times.”

Perry had a monster first quarter for the Vols, throwing for 224 yards and four touchdowns in the first 10 minutes of play.

Down by as much as 28 points in the first half, Sam Houston managed to mount a short-lived comeback, sparked by a 91- yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Darrion Flowers.

On the Texans’ next possession, quarterback Ervin Hill connected with Deiondre Grundy for a 32-yard touchdown to give Bowie a 35-14 lead.

That’s as close as the Texans would get.

Bowie went on to score 41 unanswered points, finishing with eight touchdown passes, setting a record for the city of Arlington.

“Our goal this week was to score eight touchdowns,” Perry said. “My offensive line gave me time, and my wide receivers made big plays when it counted.”

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