Arlington Martin rolls after Bowie loses two QBs

September, 24, 2011
9/24/11
11:33
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- After the conclusion of the Arlington Bowie-Arlington Martin game Saturday, anyone associated with Bowie had to leave Cravens Field with a horrible taste in his mouth and a strong desire for a mulligan.

In a game that potentially put the District 4-5A title on the line -- not to mention city bragging rights -- Bowie lost starting quarterback Kolby Listenbee and backup Keaton Perry to injuries, leading to Martin’s 39-22 blowout.

[+] EnlargeKolby Listenbee
Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comArlington Bowie starting quarterback Kolby Listenbee got knocked out of the game with concussion-like symptoms.
Bowie was forced to go to a quarterback by volunteer system, favoring backup running back Blake Bradford under center. Bowie head coach Kenny Perry said he thought Bradford may have taken a few snaps as a freshman, three years ago.

“When you lose both your guys it’s just a shame, because I thought it was a totally different game,” Perry said.

Bowie gained the momentum early after a 59-yard touchdown pass from Listenbee to DJ White on the Vols' first possession of the game.

In the second, Listenbee ran a quarterback draw up the middle but was met with a punishing blow from Martin defensive tackle Devonte Fields that sent him to the sideline for the remainder of the game with concussion-like symptoms.

Ironically, knocking out Listenbee helped Fields and Martin on Saturday, but it might stir up a little bad blood next year when the two are teammates at TCU. However, it wasn’t something that bugged Fields in the slightest.

“We ain’t teammates yet, so I have a job to do,” Fields said.

Backup quarterback Keaton Perry, the head coach’s son, entered -- but not for long.

He was hit around four minutes later and suffered what trainers believed was a torn meniscus, which would end his season.

Perry attempted a courageous comeback effort in the opening minutes of the second half, but quickly threw two interceptions that both would result in Martin touchdowns.

A deflated Bowie team cued the beginning of the show for Martin’s two-headed running extravaganza of Kyle Hicks and Cameron Williams.

Hicks, a junior, was the main attraction, running for two touchdowns and 141 yards, followed by Williams with 64 yards and a touchdown of his own.

Both backs alternated throughout the game -- Hicks with just two more touches -- but neither back gave the other any competitive trash-talking in the spirit of fun.

“It’s not really a competition, but we like to do better than each other,” Williams said with a smile. “It’s not like that though -- just brotherly love. You block for me and I’ll block for you.”

The win gives Martin fans the right to be the pride of Arlington for a year but leaves Bowie fans scratching their heads and wondering what could have been.

“I’m proud of the way our kids played. We played hard and didn’t give up. Injuries are a part of the game and we’re going to go on,” Kenny Perry said.
Travis L. Brown covers high schools for ESPNDallas.com. He is a graduate of TCU, where he was sports editor of the student paper, The Daily Skiff.

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