Arlington quarterback Jahari Rogers passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two scores as the Colts blew by Arlington Bowie 44-14 Friday night at UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium and, in the process, matched a feat the program hadn’t accomplished in 30 years.
Arlington’s 6-0 start, including 3-0 in 4-6A play, is the program’s best mark to begin a season since 1988.
“All three phases of our team played great tonight,” Arlington coach Scott Peach said. “And that included our defense playing great all game long against a Bowie offense that’s really difficult to stop.”
Arlington’s offense piled up 485 yards, 301 of those on the ground. Rogers scored on runs of 5 and 3 yards and passed for TDs of 7 and 18 yards. B.J. Rogers set up several of those Arlington scores, rushing six times for 180 yards. And receiver Trey Cleveland caught 8 passes for 99 yards, including the 7-yard TD toss by Jahari Rogers in the second quarter.
The Colts’ special teams effort was highlighted by field goals of 50, 47 and 25 yards by kicker Griffin Kell.
The Colts’ defense forced four Bowie (4-2, 2-1) turnovers and held the Vols to 325 yards of offense and two second-half touchdowns.
Game was over when: B.J. Rogers broke loose on a 58-yard run down to the Bowie 3, midway through the fourth quarter. Jahari Rogers scored on a 3-yard keeper on the next play, boosting Arlington’s lead to 30-14. The Colts were able to add two late scores as Bowie struggled to rally from the two-touchdown deficit.
Play of the game: Kell’s 50-yard field goal in the drizzle split the uprights and lifted the Colts to a 17-point lead in the late stages of the second quarter. Most teams wouldn’t even try a field goal that far in pristine conditions, much less on soggy turf. Kell followed up his impressive kick by nailing a try almost as long in the final minute of the first half.
Offensive player of the game: The Colts had numerous contenders but Jahari Rogers was adept at running the up-temp Arlington offense, passing for 184 yards and rushing for 45.
Defensive player of the game: Miles Nealy recovered a Bowie fumble at the Arlington five in the first quarter. The tone of the game seemed to change when the Vols didn’t get the score that would’ve tied the game at 7. Arlington ended up building a 20-0 halftime lead.
Unsung hero of the game: Malcom Mays of Bowie passed for 218 and a touchdown and rushed for 53 yards and a score.
What’s next? Bowie hosts Fort Worth Trimble Tech at Wilemon Field at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Arlington faces Arlington Martin at Maverick Stadium at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19.