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Monday, September 26, 2011
Arl. Bowie, Euless Trinity deal with QB injuries

By Travis L. Brown

Saturday’s halftime was all too short for Arlington Bowie’s coaching staff.

After the Volunteers (2-2, 0-1 District 4-5A) lost both of their quarterbacks to injury in the first half, coach Kenny Perry said his staff had to draw up a completely new offense for the second half during the brief time before the third quarter started.

Russell Hansbrough
Arlington Bowie running back Russell Hansbrough may be pressed into quarterback duties because of injuries.
Bowie will be forced to run that same offense Friday against Arlington Sam Houston, but -- not that it’s any consolation -- the Vols will have an entire week to game plan running backs Blake Bradford and Russell Hansbrough into the quarterback position.

In the first quarter of Saturday’s 39-22 loss to Arlington Martin, Bowie starting quarterback Kolby Listenbee was forced out of the game with concussion-like symptoms after taking a hit from future TCU teammate Devonte Fields.

Perry said after the game he was fairly certain Listenbee would be unable to go Friday.

In the second quarter, backup Keaton Perry suffered what was believed to be a torn meniscus. After the game, Kenny Perry said he believed the injury would end his son’s season.

The loss of Listenbee also affects the special teams, as he is Bowie's punter.

Hansbrough, the team’s starting running back, has no previous experience at quarterback. Bradford may have had limited experience at quarterback his freshman year three years ago, Perry said.

Bowie also lost starting offensive lineman Demonte Hood to a knee injury for the majority of Saturday’s game and his status for Friday is uncertain.

“We’re just going to have to practice this week with what we’ve got,” Perry said. “We’ll be all right.”

Euless Trinity QB Kautai probable for Week 5

Euless Trinity quarterback Kailahi Kautai will probably see his first action since the third game of the season Thursday against rival Hurst L.D. Bell, coach Steve Lineweaver said Friday after the Trojans' Week 4 win over Colleyville Heritage.

Kautai went down in Trinity’s district opener against Richland and has not seen the field the last two games. Lineweaver said Kautai could have played against Heritage but he did not want to risk losing him for the remainder of the season.

A pair of players, the more proficient passer Joel Sullivan and the athletic option runner Matt Hawkins, have filled in at quarterback for third-ranked Trinity (5-0, 3-0 District 6-5A).

“We like both of them and really went by feel,” Lineweaver said.

Before Kautai’s injury, Hawkins was not on the quarterback depth chart, but he was moved over from the defensive side of the ball to help fill the void.  Hawkins had some previous quarterback experience at the JV level.