Arlington Lamar knew its chances of making the playoffs out of District 4-6A would be diminished if it lost to Arlington Bowie on Friday night at Cravens Field.
And the Vikings played like it ... at least in the first half.
Lamar built a 24-point halftime lead, but Bowie rallied in the second half to defeat the Vikings 26-24 as the Volunteers all but clinched a playoff berth.
If Bowie (7-1, 4-1 in 4-6A) wins one of its final two games it will be in. Lamar fell to 4-4 and 2-3, but still has a chance for the postseason.
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It was as if the teams traded jerseys at halftime.
Bowie opened the second half scoring on its first three possessions. Branden Ellis darted in from 3 yards out for the Vols, then quarterback Donoven Davenport bulled in from a yard away to cut the lead to 24-13 with 6:02 left in the third quarter.
Davenport followed with a 38-yard pass to Braydon Johnson to make it 24-19 with 11:22 left in the game.
The teams traded punts before Bowie defensive back Tauvion Leonard picked off a Lamar pass at the Vikings’ 14-yard line, setting up a 1-yard plunge by Ellis with 1:40 left to complete the comeback.
Lamar dominated the first half, scoring on three consecutive possessions after punting on its opening series.
Quarterback Chance Fuller opened the scoring for Lamar with a 16-yard run with 6:33 left in the first quarter. Following a 23-yard Luke Michie field goal, Fuller connected with Devon Wright on a 58-yard pass play to give the Vikings a 17-0 lead with 8:30 left in the first half.