Nico Small’s late fourth-quarter interception at the goal line for Arlington Bowie on Saturday afternoon against North Crowley at Panther Stadium was anything but small.
With the interception, Small sealed the Volunteers’ 35-28 victory over the Panthers and created some separation in District 4-6A. Bowie (4-2, 2-1 4-6A) is now tied with Arlington and Arlington Lamar at a game behind district-leader Arlington Martin.
North Crowley (3-3, 1-2) trailed Bowie 35-21 with 10 minutes left as approaching storms suspended play Friday night. The Panthers responded Saturday with a 16-play, 90-yard march to narrow the deficit to a single score with 5:08 left to play.
A defensive stop and a short field gave North Crowley a chance to tie the game late. The Panthers drove from midfield to the Bowie 8, but Small’s interception ended the chance.
North Crowley was up 14-7 before being outscored 28-7 entering the fourth quarter.
Bowie’s Anthony Hopkins had 126 yards receiving and two scores, while Chris Gardner added 147 yards rushing.
• Aledo 38, Everman 17: Ryan Newsome scored two touchdowns Friday and another Saturday as he carried Aledo past Everman at Bearcat Stadium in Aledo.
Aledo (5-1, 3-0 8-5A), ranked No. 1 in the Class 5A Associated Press state poll, led 31-17 and was driving inside the Everman 20 on Friday when play was suspended because of approaching storms. It took four plays Saturday for Newsome to finish off Everman (3-3, 1-2) on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Luke Bishop.
Newsome’s 7-yard touchdown run in the second quarter Friday put Aledo ahead for good 21-14. He scored on a 71-yard pass from Bishop that gave Aledo its first lead, 14-7, late in the first quarter. Everman’s Kierre Crossley scored on a 64-yard run that had Aledo facing a rare 7-0 deficit early Friday.
Newsome caught five passes for 141 yards. Crossley finished with 216 yards rushing.
The loss leaves Everman, a perennial playoff team, presently outside of the playoff picture.
• Burleson Centennial 36, Crowley 33: Zach Copple attempted to thread a pass between a pair of defenders near the goal line Saturday afternoon, but his fourth-down attempt fell incomplete as Burleson Centennial defeated Crowleyat Eagle Stadium in Crowley in the completion of Friday night’s suspended District 8-5A game.
Centennial (4-2, 2-1 8-5A) pulled ahead Friday on a 52-yard touchdown run by Jayvier Rigmaiden off an option pitch from Payton Strambler just before lightning struck. Play was postponed following a 44-minute lightning delay with 2:06 remaining.
Crowley (3-3, 1-2) is 0-2 at home in district play, with losses to teams each currenty in playoff position. The Eagles travels to play defending state champion Aledo on Friday.