High School: Arlington Bowie

North Crowley defense shuts down Arl. Bowie

February, 27, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas – In its previous two playoff games, North Crowley had held its opponents to no more than 36 points.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comNorth Crowley advances to the regional tournament to face the winner of Flower Mound Marcus and Mansfield Timberview.
That trend continued Monday in North Crowley’s 64-33 rout of Arlington Bowie (16-17) in the regional quarterfinals at Arlington Martin.

North Crowley (31-4) opened the game on a quick 6-2 run, which would turn into a 22-6 run throughout the first quarter.

North Crowley’s strong press in the second quarter created turnovers that gave senior guard Braxton Reeves a chance to shine from behind the arc, hitting three 3-pointers in a span of two minutes in the second quarter.

All of Reeves' 12 points came from behind the arc.

North Crowley’s coach Tommy Brakel said they changed their defensive style right before the playoffs, allowing them to keep full-court pressure, but have the opportunity to pull back into a half-court defense to defend against easy, fastbreak points.

“It’s creating extra possessions on the offensive ends and it’s letting them shoot for a higher percentage on the back end,” Brakel said.

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Leading the charge for North Crowley was senior guard Calvin Ward with 17 points and nine rebounds.

“I was as proud of him as everyone because he went out and competed,” Brakel said. “There was one offensive rebound he grabbed behind his head and put it back. That’s the kind of energy you have to have in a game like this and once you get that energy from a player, it gets so contagious.”

North Crowley advances to the regional tournament at Fort Worth’s Wilkerson-Grines Activity Center to play the winner of the Flower Mound Marcus and Mansfield Timberview regional quarterfinal.

Marcus knocked North Crowley out of the playoffs last season in a 49-43 win in route to a 5A state championship.

“You line up and compete once you get in the playoffs and hope you get back,” Brakel said. “It’s going to be loaded again in the regional tournament.”

Arl. Bowie tops FW Paschal to earn playoff spot

February, 10, 2012
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FORT WORTH -- Needing a win to clinch a playoff berth, Arlington Bowie displayed suffocating defense against Fort Worth Paschal en route to a 50-32 win at Paschal on Friday night.

Jeremy Senglin led the Volunteers with 14 points. After Paschal knocked off Bowie by one point on Jan. 17, Senglin said he knew this was going to be a revenge game.

"It just gives us confidence to win, especially to win by a big margin," Senglin said.

Paschal (12-15, 6-7 in 4-5A) only had seven players available for the game, something Arlington Bowie (14-18, 8-5) head coach Allen Gratts used to his advantage.

"We wanted to try to play up-tempo and keep our kids fresh so we can make them work," Gratts said. "I don't have any great players, but I don't really have any bad players either. We can play more kids than most people."

Despite Paschal sharpshooter Ryan Fees' 17 points, Gratts said his team did a good job slowing him down.

"Our game plan was to basically cover [Fees]," Gratts said. "We didn't want to cover any of their shooters except him on the perimeter and focus on [Scott Smith] on the block."

Smith scored Paschal's first two points, but the forward never scored again.

Paschal trailed by as little as nine in the third quarter, but Bowie responded with a 12-1 run and never looked back.

Arlington Bowie finishes off the season at home against last-place Arlington. The Volunteers can clinch the No. 3 spot in District 4-5A with a win next week.

Arl. Bowie burns Lamar with 27-point quarter

February, 3, 2012
2/03/12
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ARLINGTON, TEXAS -- Allen Gratts said he wasn’t sending a message to the starters of his Arlington Bowie boys basketball team when he benched them in the first quarter.

“They just didn’t deserve to be on the floor, they were playing so badly,’’ Gratts explained. “I told them they were going to get one more chance in the second quarter. And when they got back out there, it was like a different team.’’

Bowie, limited to six points in the first quarter, exploded for 27 in the second period and went on to breeze past host Arlington Lamar, 69-52, on Friday night in a matchup of the third- and fourth-place teams in District 4-5A. Coupled with a 57-56 Bowie home court win over Lamar on Jan. 10, the Volunteers completed a sweep of the Vikings.

North Crowley and Arlington Martin are 1-2 in in the 4-5A standings.

Lamar (11-15, 7-4 in 4-5A) still owns a one-game district lead over Bowie (12-18, 6-5) with three regular-season games remaining.

“We showed tonight that we want third place instead of fourth,’’ said Jeremy Senglin, who led Bowie with 16 points, 10 coming in the decisive second quarter.

The Bowie starters were 0-for-6 shooting in the first period and trailed 6-2 when Gratts went to his bench.

The same five made 8-of-18 shots in the second quarter, went 7-for-8 from the free throw line and forced nine Lamar turnovers to build a 33-21 halftime lead.

Lamar reduced the lead to single digits just once in the second half on a follow shot by Robert Sneed that made it 41-32 with three minutes to play in the third period. But Lamar couldn’t sustain its rally.

While Bowie struggled early, junior guard DaQuan Thomas helped the Vikings jump ahead, scoring seven of his team-high 16 points in the first quarter.

Gratts and Lamar coach Zach Burks have taken some lumps with young teams this season. Between the teams, there was only one senior starter on Friday.

Bowie gave North Crowley a tough game in 61-53 defeat on Tuesday and appears to be gaining playoff momentum.

“Our defense has been better the last two games,'' Gratts said. “In the second quarter we looked like a playoff team.’’

GIRLS: Arlington Lamar 52, Arlington Bowie girls 44

Senior guard Jasmine Dubose accounted for six of Lamar’s final eight points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds, to help the Lady Vikings move into sole possession of second place in District 4-5A with one game remaining.

Lamar improved to 21-12 for the season and 11-2 in 4-5A.

Bowie (26-6, 10-3) was led by Ashley Ferguson’s 17 points.

“I’m excited for our girls,’’ said Lamar coach Erinn Levels. “We went into a game at Bowie in similar position last year and they beat us, so this is payback.’’

Lamar travels to Arlington Martin and Bowie hosts Weatherford to wrap up the regular season Tuesday.

Four 5A districts in area undergo little change

February, 2, 2012
2/02/12
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NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, Texas -- The makeup changed very little or not at all in four of the area’s nine Class 5A districts at Thursday's UIL reclassification and realignment.

*The current District 4-5A (five Arlington schools, Fort Worth Paschal, North Crowley and Weatherford) remained intact but, because of district consolidation in West Texas, changed its number to 3-5A.

That’s an agreeable change, said Anthony Criss, football coach at Arlington Sam Houston and former Arlington ISD assistant athletic director.

“It’s great for Arlington because it means we stay in the area for first-round playoff games instead of going to West Texas,’’ Criss said. “We’d still go west once, but not until the second round.''

*The current District 5-5A retained seven of its eight members in the new District 7-5A: Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Grand Prairie, South Grand Prairie, Mansfield and Mansfield Timberview. The only change is Mansfield Legacy drops down to Class 4A and powerhouse DeSoto takes its place.

“A tough district just got tougher,’’ said Grand Prairie coach Gary Bartel.

*In District 9-5A, Dallas Samuell dropped to Class 4A and was replaced by Richardson Pearce, which is moving back up to 5A. The other seven members are unchanged: Dallas Jesuit, Dallas Skyline, Dallas Sunset, Dallas W.T. White, Richardson, Richardson Berkner and Lake Highlands.

“I wasn’t sure Jesuit would stay in,’’ said Skyline coach Reginald Samples. “In fact, we had agreed to play them in a nondistrict game if they weren’t in our district.’’

*The seven Garland ISD schools that made up 10-5A in the last realignment are now without McKinney Boyd as they go forward as District 11-5A with this lineup: Garland, Garland Lakeview, Garland Naaman Forest, North Garland, Rowlett, Sachse and South Garland.

North Carolina won Arl. Bowie DE with honesty

February, 1, 2012
2/01/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- A little honesty went a long way, helping North Carolina land Arlington Bowie defensive end Jesse Rogers.

“Some of the schools would tell me false things,’’ said Rogers (6-footo-4, 240 pounds), who signed on Wednesday. “North Carolina kept it real from the start. I appreciate that.’’

Rogers said the scenic campus in Chapel Hill, N.C., was another selling point.

“This is an emotional time for me,’’ said Rogers, who wore a light blue Carolina cap. “Signing with people that are just like my brothers.’’

Arlington ISD's new centralized ceremony a hit

February, 1, 2012
2/01/12
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Kolby Listenbee is already attending classes at TCU, but the former Arlington Bowie quarterback didn’t want to miss Wednesday's Signing Day ceremony.

For the first time, the event was under one roof at the Arlington ISD’s Professional Development Center for all six of the district’s high schools, and Listenbee was there to walk across the stage, shake the hands of dignitaries and have his picture made with Bowie coach Kenny Perry.

Listenbee (6-foot, 177), who led Bowie to the third round of the playoffs, is listed as a wide receiver with the Frogs but still hopes to get a shot at quarterback. He committed long before TCU joined the Big 12.

“The conference change is pretty cool because TCU will got a lot more exposure playing all the Texas schools,’’ said Listenbee, one of five Bowie D-1 recruits.

Perry said the district’s centralized ceremony “is a great way to showcase the talent we have, and we have a lot of it in Arlington.’’

Said Bowie defensive end Jesse Rogers, who signed with North Carolina: "This way we get to see the guys that have been your competition.''

Southlake Carroll comes alive in second half

November, 26, 2011
11/26/11
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BEDFORD, Texas -- A Class 5A Division I Region I semifinal is nothing new to the Southlake Carroll football program, and its players tend to play like they have been through the playoffs a time or two.

Carroll relied on its experience to regain focus in the second half to rally for a 21-17 win over Arlington Bowie on Saturday night.

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Travis L. Brown for ESPNDallas.comA.J. Ezzard scored on a 5-yard run early in the second half to pull Carroll within 17-14.
“I would say we weren’t focused,” Carroll head coach Hal Wasson said. “We weren’t focused on us and for us to stay focused on what we can control, and that’s our mindset -- technique, tempo and throwing and catching. We knew it at [the] half.”

Bowie started fast, opening the scoring on a 32-yard run in the first quarter by Russell Hansbrough.

Late in the second, Bowie quarterback Kolby Listenbee scored on a run from 15 yards out to extend the lead to 14-0.

Bowie’s speed on offense posed a problem for Carroll, Dragons linebacker Will Davis said. Carroll’s defense constantly over-pursued Bowie’s rushers, leaving the middle of the field open for runners to cut back, Davis said.

“We were trying to give in to their speed and it was scaring us in the first half,” Davis said. “We came back in the second half and slowed ourselves down so they wouldn’t have those cut-back lanes.”

Carroll gained some momentum before the half, scoring a touchdown with nine seconds remaining on a 54-yard reception by Sabian Holmes.

“We weren’t playing to our tempo and our speed and we came up and made a play,” Wasson said. “Fortunately for us, Kenny Hill and Sabian stepped up and made the play.”

That tempo carried over into the second half, culminating in a quick touchdown on a 5-yard run by A.J. Ezzard early in the second half that cut Carroll's deficit to 17-14.

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Bowie’s defense gave Carroll a helping hand on what would turn out to be the game-winning drive for the Dragons.

Wasson decided to take points off the board after a roughing the kicker penalty. The move paid off when Hill ran into the end zone from the 1-yard line to put Carroll up 21-17.

Carroll’s defense held tough from there, forcing two Bowie turnover-on-downs in the fourth quarter.

“Our mindset was ‘What would you do to be able to play another week,’ ” Davis said. “And our defense and whole team really laid it on the line in the second half.”

Carroll must now prepare for a hot Arlington Martin team that took down Euless Trinity on Saturday. The teams will play in the region finals at 6 p.m. on Saturday at SMU’s Ford Stadium.

Facing the team speed of Bowie can only help in their preparation for future matchups.

“It prepares us for fast speedy teams down the road,” Davis said. “And if we can just keep it up, we’ll be able to handle it.”

Arl. Bowie can't recover from TD before half

November, 26, 2011
11/26/11
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BEDFORD, Texas -- Arlington Bowie coach Kenny Perry was shaking his head in the aftermath of Saturday’s 21-17 regional playoff loss to Southlake Carroll.

For the better part of a half, an all-Arlington regional final looked like a sure thing.

The first half turned out to be just nine seconds too long from the Volunteers' perspective.

With only nine seconds remaining and Bowie ahead 17-0, Carroll receiver Sabian Holmes made a difficult catch off a deep pass into the wind by quarterback Kenny Hill for a 54-yard touchdown.

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“It goes back to their score just before halftime,’’ Perry said. "We shut them down the first half for all but one play.

“We were in the right defense, too, four across and in good position, but their quarterback made a play and the receiver made a play,’’ Perry said.

The score blunted a half that Bowie dominated in total yardage, 191-90.

“We were still 10 points ahead going into the second half," Perry said. "But they did some things on defense to stop us and we had a lot of uncharacteristic penalties, penalties we haven’t had all season.’’

Bowie was penalized eight times for 64 yards and had a couple of long runs wiped out by holding penalties.

“Hats off to the Southlake Carroll kids,’’ Perry added. “They hung in there and kept fighting when things weren’t going their way.’’

TCU-bound quarterback Kolby Listenbee led the Vols with 114 rushing yards and a touchdown. Russell Hansbrough also had a touchdown and finished with 66 yards.

Bowie ended the season with a 9-4 record in its sixth straight playoff campaign since Perry’s arrival. Before he got there, the program had never made the playoffs.

“Our guys fought all the way, even at the end we kept them out of the end zone,’’ Perry said. “We lost a free safety to injury and a receiver, but the guys hung in there.

“This team did a lot of great things, but right now the way it ended leaves a bad taste in your mouth.’’

Southlake Carroll gets another shot at Bowie

November, 23, 2011
11/23/11
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SOUTHLAKE CARROLL (12-0) vs. ARLINGTON BOWIE (9-3)
5 p.m. Saturday at Bedford’s Pennington Field


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What: Class 5A Division I Region 1 semifinals game

When we saw them last: Arlington Bowie didn’t have any trouble out west. It destroyed storied Odessa Permian, 42-7, in bi-district and went on to beat El Paso Franklin, 49-24, last week. Southlake Carroll put together one of its most impressive performances in years against Cedar Hill last week. The Dragons were exceptional in all three phases of the game in a 40-7 win.

Last meeting: In 2009, then-sophomore Russell Hansbrough rushed for 120 yards and three touchdowns in a 45-21 win over Carroll, which was coming off an emotional double-overtime win over Allen in the area round. Bowie quarterback Deric Davis added 248 passing yards and a score in the upset.

What’s at stake: The winner will face the winner of the region semifinals game between Euless Trinity (12-0) and Arlington Martin (11-1) in the 5A DI Region 1 finals.

Key matchup: Carroll faces another team with an athletic backfield in Bowie. The Dragons have made progress with their run defense in the playoffs, but that will have to continue for Carroll to get through Bowie. Hansbrough, who diced Carroll in 2009, has a nagging ankle injury but even if he’s not 100 percent, Bowie has productive runners in Blake Bradford and quarterback Kolby Listenbee.

Players to watch: Peyton Williams has become one of the best possession receivers in the area this year. In Carroll’s two playoff games, he’s caught 20 balls for 243 yards and a touchdown. Bowie receiver Eric Rivers is almost a bigger threat in the running game than he is in the passing game. Last week, he rushed for 134 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries.

Prediction: Southlake Carroll 31, Arlington Bowie 24.

Southlake Carroll's run defense shows progress

November, 21, 2011
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Southlake Carroll head coach Hal Wasson felt like his team was improving on defense late in the regular season but the results weren’t showing it yet.

“I always describe it as a clogged drain,” he said. “You pour the Drano in and it doesn’t instantaneously disperse. It has to settle a little bit and filter on out. That’s kind of the visual I use with the unit.”

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If Carroll’s two playoff games are any indication, the Drano finally broke through.

In their 40-7 area-round win over Cedar Hill on Saturday, the Dragons (12-0) held an athletic Longhorns backfield to just over 100 yards rushing, and none of Cedar Hill’s primary runners – Damion Hobbs, Jared Rayford and Laquvionte Gonzales – topped 50 yards.

In bi-district, Carroll held Plano East to less than 100 yards rushing in a 23-16 win.

The two performances are remarkable given how badly the Dragons have struggled against the run at times this year.

Copperas Cove, Denton Guyer and Hurst L.D. Bell all rushed for more than 300 yards against Carroll, and Keller Fossil Ridge put up more than 200.

The positive trend will have to continue for the Dragons to keep their season alive, especially given their upcoming opponents. Carroll’s next opponent, Arlington Bowie (9-3), is very athletic the same way Cedar Hill is.

And if Carroll gets through Bowie, its opponent in the 5A Division I Region I final would likely be Euless Trinity and red-hot running back Joel Kimpela, who rushed for more than 300 yards in the Trojans' win over Allen.

“We’re going to have to continue that type of performance if we’re going to get to stay in the party,” Wasson said.

Carroll plays Bowie at noon on Saturday at Pennington Field.

Arlington Bowie prepares for physical matchup

November, 21, 2011
11/21/11
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Kenny Perry coached against Southlake Carroll in the 2002 playoffs and is about to be on the sideline opposite the Dragons again.

In each instance, Carroll has gone into the game with an undefeated record. Yet, the Dragons' style of play is much different today.

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“This Carroll team is very physical,’’ the Arlington Bowie coach said. “You have to match their physical play to have a chance, and that’s not easy to do.’’

Bowie (9-3) and Carroll (12-0) will meet in a Class 5A Division I regional playoff at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bedford’s Pennington Field.

In 2002 when Perry was coach at Arlington Sam Houston, Carroll eliminated his team 19-16 in an area playoff on the way to a state title.

“In those years, Southlake Carroll was loaded with skill athletes,’’ Perry said. “They had receivers that could go and get open. They might beat you by 40 points, but it wouldn’t seem like you played that badly.

“This year, they could beat you by 14 and it would feel like 40.’’

Perry called this Carroll defense loaded with the best tacklers he’s seen.

“We pride ourselves on making yards after contact, but they make it very difficult based on what I’ve seen on film,’’ he said.

Perry has guided Bowie to the regional round for the fourth time in his six seasons at the school. The Vols are 2-1 in regional playoffs. Before he arrived in 2006, the school had never made it to postseason.

Bowie's losses this season have come to Dallas Skyline and Arlington Martin, both still alive in the playoffs, as well as Arlington Lamar. It has playoff wins over Odessa Permian (42-7) and El Paso Franklin (49-24).

In 2009, Bowie defeated Carroll in a Division II regional playoff 45-21 behind a 120-yard, three-touchdown performance by Russell Hansbrough, then a sophomore. Now a senior, Hansbrough has rushed for 1,172 yards and 17 touchdowns this season but is nursing a high ankle sprain.

“He’s going to give it a try,’’ Perry said. “Everyone has been stepping up since he got hurt and they may have to do it again.’’

Carroll’s physical style carries right through to its quarterback, junior Kenny Hill.

“When you play a team like this, you have to raise your level,’’ Perry said. “It is going to take a physical four quarters for us to have a chance.’’

Another West Texas trip for Arlington Bowie

November, 14, 2011
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Arlington Bowie makes its second playoff excursion to West Texas in eight days, this time to Midland's Grande Communications Stadium to face El Paso Franklin in a Class 5A Division I area playoff at 1 p.m. Friday.

Last week’s trip to San Angelo turned out very well for Bowie (8-3). The Vols in a bi-district playoff eliminated the renowned Odessa Permian Panthers of “Friday Night Lights'' fame 42-7.

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Bowie’s versatile quarterback Kolby Listenbee, a TCU commit, rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown and threw for 133 yards while completing 16-of-20 throws.

The only negative was a bus ride home that didn’t end until 2:45 a.m.

“I’ve spent enough time on a bus this season to get a license,’’ said Bowie coach Kenny Perry, reflecting on an earlier Zero Week non-district trip to Odessa. “Doing it once isn’t bad, but back-to-back weeks can be an issue.’’

The team will leave Thursday and spend the night in advance of the Franklin game.

“The guys out in West Texas don’t think anything about travel," Perry said. “They’ve been doing it for 70 years. They have a routine. It’s different for us.’’

Franklin (10-1) depends heavily on the passing arm of senior quarterback Brandon Layne, who has thrown for 2,525 yards and 26 touchdowns while being intercepted only five times.

Layne’s favorite receiver is senior Justin Holliday with 42 receptions for 716 yards and nine touchdowns. The Volunteers' secondary, headed by senior Diquan Rogers, will be tested.

Franklin’s only loss came in a nondistrict road game against San Angelo Central, 41-35.

“The quarterback is very accurate and they don’t make many mistakes, a lot like [Arlington] Lamar,’’ Perry said. “We’re definitely going against the best team in El Paso.’’

As for his own team, Perry said he noticed practices improving about three weeks ago.

“Peaking at the right time is something a coach can’t control,’’ Perry said. “But we’re playing our best right now.’’

5A-I preview: Reg. 1 loaded with powerhouses

November, 7, 2011
11/07/11
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CLASS 5A DIVISION I REGION 1 PREVIEW

Overview: It would almost be a surprise in six weeks time if this region does not produce the 5A Division I state champion.

Five of the 16 teams in this loaded field are district champions and two others are co-champions. Three own perfect 10-0 records: Allen, Euless Trinity and Southlake Carroll. All three have won at least one state title in the last six years.

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Except for Abilene’s state title run in 2009, the balance of power in Region I has clearly swung away from West Texas, where it rested for decades, and to the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

The two District 4-5A representatives, Arlington Bowie and Arlington Martin, have the opportunity to play West Texas teams in the opening two rounds. Martin used that route to reach the third round of the 2010 playoffs for the second consecutive season. On each occasion, the Warriors were eliminated by Trinity.

Favorite: Allen. The Eagles survived some close calls to go 7-0 in the always-difficult District 8-5A. Being forced to come from behind so many times in the late stages of games could serve the Eagles well in the playoffs when games figure to be tight.

The Eagles are solid and experienced at the skill positions with quarterback Alec Morris, running back Jonathan Williams and wide receiver Andrew Rodriguez.

Allen has proven itself in unfriendly environments with road wins at Longview and Flower Mound Marcus. Both opponents finished the regular season with 9-1 records.

Watch out for: Cedar Hill. The Longhorns landed in the easier half of the bracket and, provided they can shake off a 56-55 overtime loss to Duncanville in Week 10, their speed could possibly carry them to a regional final. The Longhorns' 7-3 record is deceptive because of a tough schedule that included losses to Allen and DeSoto in the first three weeks. The Longhorns have notable wins over playoff teams Denton Guyer, Mansfield Timberview and Mansfield.

Can’t wait to see: Euless Trinity-Duncanville (7:30 p.m. Friday, Irving Schools Stadium). The bi-district contest is an interesting clash of styles. Trinity is better than 4-to-1 run to pass in its offensive play selection and loves to grind out long drives. Defensively, the Trojans are among the best in the area, allowing an average of 191 yards per game. Duncanville counters with an offense that averages 429 yards per game, led by the running and passing of Deandre Grimes, who comes into the playoffs off his best game. In a 56-55 overtime win over Cedar Hill in Week 10, Grimes threw for 166 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 245 yards and two scores.

We hope to see: Allen-Euless Trinity. If this rematch happens, unfortunately, it will come in the second round, just as it did last season when Trinity squeezed out a 37-35 victory at Cowboys Stadium in one of the best spectator games of the postseason. Since losing to Allen 35-28 in a nondistrict game in 2009, Trinity’s record is 38-1. Allen’s record since that game is 28-3. Trinity won state championships in 2005, 2007 and 2009, while Allen won a state title in 2008.

Talent pool (FBS recruits): Abilene Cooper: QB Clayton Nicholas (Texas Tech). Allen: QB Alec Morris (Alabama), RB Jonathan Williams (Missouri), LB Thaddeus LaGrone (Baylor). Arlington Bowie: QB/WR Kolby Listenbee (TCU), RB Russell Hansbrough (Arizona State), DE Jesse Rogers (North Carolina). Arlington Martin: DE Devonte Fields (TCU), K Jaden Oberkrom (TCU), OL Steven Baggett (Boise State), DB Stephen Amoako (Oregon), DB Eric Amoako (Oregon). Cedar Hill: OL Aderius Epps (Kansas State). Duncanville: OL Adam Butler (Vanderbilt), WR Jeffrey Thomas (Colorado). Euless Trinity: DE Polo Manukainiu (Oklahoma), OL Hiva Lutui (UCLA). Hurst L.D. Bell: OL Kimo Tipoti (Texas A&M). Keller Central: DB Zack Sanchez (Baylor), OL Simon Goines (Missouri). Mansfield: DE Hassan Ridgeway (Texas). Southlake Carroll: WR Sabian Holmes (Baylor), WR Peyton Williams (Colorado), LB Will Davis (Kansas State).

Arl. Lamar 4-0 in 4-5A after edging Arl. Bowie

October, 14, 2011
10/14/11
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ARLINGTON -- One of the season’s best turnaround stories just added another chapter.

Arlington Lamar, not so long ago 0-3 at the completion of nondistrict play, held off Arlington Bowie, 21-20, Friday night at Wilemon Field to go to 4-0 in District 4-5A.

Lamar (4-3, 4-0) leads Arlington Martin and Arlington High by one game and by two over Bowie (4-3, 2-2) and North Crowley with three games remaining in the regular season.

“It is unbelievable the way this season has gone,’’ said Lamar quarterback Connor Berry, who completed 19 of 31 passes for 208 yards and a pair of touchdown passes in the second half. “Offensively, we got back to playing our game in the second half. But I have to hand it to our defense. They did an amazing job.’’

Berry’s touchdown passes of 30 and 38 yards to junior DaQuan Thomas occurred in a four-minute window late in the third period. Thomas finished with nine catches for 152 yards.

“The first one, I rolled out and DaQuan came across the field,‘’ said Berry, a 5-9, 170-pound senior. “He’s always open on that play in practice and he was open tonight.‘’

Thomas was inside the 5-yard-line when he made the catch and took a couple of steps for the score.

The winning points, as it turned out, came on a fourth-and-8 play at the Vols 38.

“I threw that one before DaQuan even turned his head,‘’ Berry said.

Thomas made the catch near the sideline for the first down, and when a Bowie defender missed an attempted tackle, Thomas sprinted the final 20 yards into the end zone for a 21-14 lead.

With a five-year winning streak over Lamar, the Vikings had to figure Bowie wasn’t finished. Sure enough, the Vols held the ball for six minutes and 16 plays to draw within a point on a one-yard touchdown run by Blake Bradford with 3:41 remaining. Twice, the drive was kept alive by Lamar penalties, roughing the punter and pass interference.

But Lamar got a break when the Vols extra-point kick for the tie missed to the right.

Bowie got the ball once more with 34 seconds remaining and managed to move 39 yards, but Kolby Listenbee’s desperation heave fell incomplete on the game’s final play, setting off a celebration on the Lamar sideline.

A 47-yard touchdown pass from Listenbee to D.J. White with a little over a minute remaining in the first half gave the Vols a 14-7 intermission lead.

Listenbee’s 1-yard sneak allowed Bowie to tie the game early in the second period against a Lamar defense that stood strong against seven consecutive plays inside its 10. The defense made another similar stand in the second half.

Lamar scored first with the help of a trick play. Thomas hooked up with Berry on a flanker-around pass for 39 yards, setting up a 16-yard scoring run by Cameron Smith on the following play.

A failed 27-yard field goal attempt prevented Bowie from taking advantage of the only first-half turnover, an interception by Quinton McCoy.

“We’re a family,’’ said Lamar defensive back Paris Watson. “Even when we were 0-3, if one feels down, we’re all down. If one is up, everybody is up.’’

Said Berry: “We were very confident going into the season, but we lost that first game to South Grand Prairie and it was one of those things for three weeks. But we decided when district started it was time to play or shut up and go home.’’

Arl. Lamar tries to hold 4-5A lead vs. Arl. Bowie

October, 13, 2011
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ARLINGTON LAMAR (3-3, 3-0 4-5A) vs. ARLINGTON BOWIE (4-2, 2-1)
7:30 p.m. Friday at Arlington’s Wilemon Field


When we saw them last: Lamar remained the surprise District 4-5A leader after a 52-12 pummeling of Fort Worth Paschal. It took two days for Bowie to put a wrap on a 42-21 win over North Crowley after a power outage Friday night forced a Saturday afternoon finish. Sophomore defensive back Edwin Freeman had two fumble returns for touchdowns.

2010 result: Bowie continued a five-year trend by holding off Lamar, 36-32, despite being outgained by over 100 yards. In Bowie’s run of success against Lamar, it has scored at least 35 points in all five wins. Lamar swept the first 22 meetings until Kenny Perry became Volunteers coach.

What’s at stake: Lamar with a win can maintain sole possession of the District 4-5A lead. A victory for Bowie would assure it at least a share of first place with three games remaining in the regular season.

Key matchup: Lamar senior quarterback Connor Berry has a hot hand, having thrown for 651 yards and eight touchdowns during the Vikings’ three-game winning streak. Bowie’s speedy, athletic defense is holding opponents to an average of 272 total yards per game.

Players to watch: Lamar receiver DaQuan Thomas is Berry’s go-to guy with 25 catches for 376 yards and seven touchdowns, while Cameron Smith leads the team in rushing with 327 yards and three scores. Bowie quarterback Kolby Listenbee accounted for three touchdowns in last year’s game at Lamar and senior running back Russell Hansbrough has regained the form from his sophomore season, rushing for 822 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Prediction: Bowie 35, Lamar 31.

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