High School: District 4-5A

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.

Sneeds keep Arlington Lamar in playoff hunt

January, 26, 2012
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With three Sneed brothers in the starting lineup, Arlington Lamar’s boys basketball team really is like a family.

There is Brandon, a 6-foot-4 junior; Jeremy, a 6-foot-2 sophomore; and Robert, a 6-foot-3 freshman.

“All three are pretty laid-back kids,’’ said second-year Lamar coach Zach Burks. “But they can be pretty competitive, too. They will get after each other.’’

Brandon and Robert have similar games and are capable of playing inside and outside. Jeremy’s role is more of a traditional guard.

In District 4-5A games, Robert is the leading scorer with a 12.6 average, followed by Brandon (9.9) and Jeremy (8.3).

The Sneeds have accounted for 53 percent of the Vikings’ points in district games. Despite fielding one of the area’s youngest teams, Lamar (9-14) is in third place in the district with a 5-3 record.

Lamar’s roster is made up of three freshmen, four sophomores, four juniors and only two seniors. The starting lineup consists of two freshmen, two juniors and one sophomore.

“We knew we were going to be young this season,’’ said Burks, “but we didn’t know we would be this young. It’s been interesting.’’

North Crowley and Arlington Martin are first and second, respectively, in 4-5A. Lamar owns a one-game lead over Fort Worth Paschal and Arlington Bowie with six games remaining.

“There’s a lot of basketball to be played and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,’’ Burks said. “We just need to take care of our business.’’

Lamar hosts Weatherford at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

North Crowley boys turn up the heat on Martin

January, 10, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Full-court defensive pressure is a staple of North Crowley boys basketball.

Opponents know it is coming and that can’t be a good feeling.

“It’s the way we play,’’ Panthers coach Tommy Brakel said. “A lot of teams can handle it for eight or 10 minutes or even a half. But we’re used to playing that way and we go a little deeper with our bench than most teams.’’

North Crowley, No. 6 in ESPNDallas.com's Class 5A Top 10, used its ball-hawking skills to defeat Arlington Martin, 73-59, in a match-up of two 3-0 District 4-5A teams Tuesday night at Martin High School.

The win for North Crowley (18-4, 4-0) was its 62nd consecutive district victory, a streak that began in 2007.

Leading the way for the Panthers was 5-11 junior guard Jalen McCloud, who scored 30 points and added eight steals. Good defense led to some easy baskets.

“My job on the press is to do a lot of trapping,’’ said McCloud. “It is all about trapping and rotating.’’

On the offensive end, McCloud connected on four 3-pointers, confirming that a wrist injury that troubled him early in the season is completely healed.

“The wrist hasn’t bothered me really for the last three weeks and I’m shooting with confidence now,’’ said McCloud, who transferred to North Crowley from North Carolina in the second semester of his freshman year. “The points don’t matter to me. It is all about wins.’’

Brakel was impressed not only by McCloud’s shooting, but in his other contributions.

“It was a solid game he played with the steals and some key rebounds, too,’’ the coach said. “We’ve known for a while that he is going to be a good one. We have several guys that can step up on a given night.’’

Only one time all evening did North Crowley face a deficit (at 12-10). McCloud drilled a 3-pointer and then came up with a steal and a layup to begin a 8-0 run in the final two minutes of the first period to turn momentum.

Martin (14-6, 3-1) was kept at arm’s length the rest of the way, despite 16 points from 6-4 sophomore Nick Babb. The Warriors dropped into a second-place tie in 4-5A with Arlington Lamar.

“This is a good win on the road in front of a nice crowd,’’ Brakel said. “We played through some adversity and that’s what you have to do when you look ahead to the playoffs.’’

Girls: North Crowley 67, Arlington Martin 49: Kiara Davis connected on six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 37 points to lead North Crowley (16-7, 6-0).

A healthy Davis is finally getting a chance to show what she can do. She had left and right ACL tears in her freshman season and at the end of her sophomore season.

Davis likes the way the direction her team, ranked No. 9 in 5A by ESPNDallas.com, is headed.

“Our chemistry is getting a lot better,’’ the 5-10 guard said. “We’re starting to do things together off the court.’’

Bethany Gonzalez led Martin (12-10, 3-3) with 15 points.

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

October, 14, 2011
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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.

Arlington Lamar a surprising District 4-5A leader

October, 10, 2011
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Surprising Arlington Lamar is alone in first place in District 4-5A with a 3-0 record.

Preseason favorites Arlington Martin, Arlington Bowie and Arlington High are one game back at 2-1.

It has been an abrupt turnaround for Lamar, which struggled to an 0-3 record prior to the start of district play. Two of the losses (35-21 to Mansfield Timberview and 27-7 to Flower Mound Marcus) weren’t close.

But following an open date, Lamar began its turnaround with a 41-24 over Arlington.

Since getting a taste of victory, Lamar has reeled off two more, 42-0 over Weatherford and most recently 52-12 over Fort Worth Paschal.

Second-year head coach Trent Fuller has installed a quarterback-friendly offense and Connor Berry, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior, has taken advantage, completing 61 percent of his passes for 1,201 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Vikings defense has averaged four takeaways per game in the winning streak.

Lamar (3-3, 3-0) faces its biggest 4-5A test to date when it meets Bowie (4-2, 2-1) 7:30 p.m. Friday at Arlington’s Wilemon Field. The Vikings haven’t had a 4-0 district record since 2004.

Fuller was offensive coordinator for Bowie head coach Kenny Perry before coming to Lamar.

Bowie defeated Lamar for the fifth straight time in 2010, but Lamar still holds a commanding 22-5 series lead.

Inspired defense puts Arlington back on track

October, 3, 2011
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Already saddled with a three-game losing streak and facing an undefeated state-ranked rival, Arlington came up with a season-changing effort in Friday’s 47-16 win over Arlington Martin.

The defense for Arlington (2-3, 1-1 in District 4-5A) forced eight turnovers and limited Martin’s dangerous rushing tandem of Kyle Hicks and Cameron Williams to 49 combined yards.

Meanwhile, Arlington senior running back Tavarreon Dickerson rushed for 224 yards and three touchdowns and quarterback Josh Greer threw for 175 yards and three more scores.

But it was the defense that provided the most noticeable improvement in handing the first defeat to defending 4-5A champion Martin (4-1, 1-1), last week ranked No. 10 in ESPNHS Texas Top 25.

“We found ourselves,’’ Colts coach Scott Peach said afterward.

The Colts' aggressive defensive front recorded five sacks. Junior Devin Harris had two interceptions and senior Shammah Saidi had one interception and a fumble recovery. Junior linebacker Jack Arispe recorded 11 tackles, six assists and a fumble recovery. Junior lineman Wade Carroll recovered two fumbles and senior lineman Merveil Lufuluabo pounced on one.

After defeating Plano East in an overtime opener, Arlington got sidetracked in Coppell, relinquishing a 10-point halftime lead in a 38-24 defeat. Losses by 17-point margins to Mansfield Timberview and Arlington Lamar followed. The Colts’ opponents averaged 40 points a game in the losing streak.

The Colts hope to build on success when they host Weatherford (1-4, 0-2) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Cravens Field in Arlington.

Two Arlington teams get first win at right time

September, 26, 2011
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Winless in three nondistrict games, Arlington Lamar and Arlington Sam Houston broke through with victories in District 4-5A openers Friday.

Quarterback Connor Berry helped prevent Lamar’s first 0-4 start since 1984 by throwing for 212 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 94 yards and two scores in a 41-24 win over Arlington (1-3, 0-1).

Berry, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound senior, gave Lamar (1-3, 1-0) the lead for good with a 78-yard touchdown run in the second period.

Lamar ended Arlington’s three-year winning streak in the rivalry and increased its series lead to 22-18-1.

The Vikings travel to Weatherford (1-3, 0-1) on Friday.

A second chance for kicker Miguel Alvarez produced the winning overtime field goal for Sam Houston in a 24-21 homecoming triumph over Fort Worth Paschal.

Alvarez missed from 27 yards, but a Paschal encroachment penalty moved the kicker 5 yards closer for the winning 22-yard kick.

The field goal followed an end zone interception by the Texans’ David Mustapha that ended the overtime possession for Paschal (0-4, 0-1).

Texans quarterback Kendall Jackson threw for two scores.

Sam Houston (1-3, 1-0) faces Arlington Bowie (2-2, 0-1) Friday at Wilemon Field.
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.

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Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.comArlington 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.

District 4-5A football season preview

August, 15, 2011
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DISTRICT 4-5A
  • Arlington (7-4, 5-2), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Scott Peach.
  • Arlington Bowie (7-4, 6-1), lost in DI bi-district. Coach: Kenny Perry.
  • Arlington Lamar (5-6, 4-3), lost in DII bi-district. Coach: Trent Fuller.
  • Arlington Martin (10-3, 7-0), lost in DI regional semifinal. Coach: Bob Wager.
  • Arlington Sam Houston (4-6, 3-4). Coach: Anthony Criss.
  • Fort Worth Paschal (1-9, 0-7). Coach: Matt Cook.
  • North Crowley (2-8, 2-5). Coach: Keeath Magee.
  • Weatherford (1-9, 1-6). Coach: Reid Waller.
THE BIG QUESTION: Is Martin poised to become the bully of the block after defeating Bowie on the way to the District 4-5A title in 2010?

Bob Wager’s Warriors have advanced to the third round of the playoffs in consecutive seasons, something never before accomplished at Martin.

Quarterback Brodie Lambert was named MVP in Martin’s Red Bull Game Breakers 7-on-7 national championship during the summer. There is quality in the eight returning starters on defense, including college commits Devonte Fields (TCU), Stephen Amoako and Eric Amoako (Oregon).

Arlington ISD rivals Bowie and Arlington High aren’t going to concede the title to Martin. Bowie returns experience at key spots and has advanced to the playoffs in all five seasons under coach Kenny Perry.

Arlington Lamar could figure into the mix after making the playoffs in its first season under a coach not named Eddy Peach.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

DE Devonte Fields, LB Cameron Williams, OL Steven Baggett, DB Eric Amoako, DB Stephen Amoako, Arlington Martin; QB/WR Kolby Listenbee, LB Jaquirous Jackson, DT Demonte Hood, RB Russell Hansbrough, Arlington Bowie; RB Tavarreon Dickerson, OL Daniil Lysenko, LB Curtis Douglas, Arlington; SS Paris Watson, LB Deandre Wilson, QB Connor Berry, Arlington Lamar; WR Xavier Mathews, North Crowley; WR Terrell Varnes, Arlington Sam Houston; QB Chris Hanson, Fort Worth Paschal; QB Trooper Reynolds, Weatherford.

DID YOU KNOW?

Four of the last five Martin seasons have ended with a playoff loss to Euless Trinity. ... After going young in 2010, Arlington returns 19 starters. ... Second division finishers North Crowley, Arlington Sam Houston, Fort Worth Paschal and Weatherford won a total of eight games among them.

PROJECTED PLAYOFF TEAMS
  1. Arlington Martin
  2. Arlington Bowie
  3. Arlington
  4. Arlington Lamar

Arlington High boys end long playoff drought

February, 16, 2011
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Arlington High’s success in close games (9-3 in games decided by four points or less) has helped the Colts end a 12-year playoff absence.

On the final night of the regular season, the Colts did it again, defeating Arlington Bowie, 41-40, Tuesday to land in a second-place tie with the Volunteers in the District 4-5A standings. Both teams were 10-4 in district games.

The Colts beat two other city rivals by one point in district games, Arlington Lamar (62-61) and Arlington Martin (63-62.) They also lost to Lamar by one point (52-51.)

Arlington lost a coin flip with Bowie and will be the No. 3 seed from District 4-5A. The Colts will face Odessa in a bi-district game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in Clyde.

Since Arlington (24-10) last appeared in the playoffs in 1998, the other four Arlington ISD’s Class 5A schools have all reached the playoffs at least once. That 1998 team was also the last Colts team to record a 20-win season until this year.

The Colts last won a playoff game in 1997.

Arlington is getting it done this year with scoring balance and not a lot of flash.

Sheldon Bailey, a 6-foot-4 senior, is the leading scorer with a 12.8 average to go with 9.9 rebounds per game.

Zach Nelson, a 6-foot-5 senior, is next with an 11.3 scoring average, and he leads the team in blocked shots with 55.

The third double-figure scorer for the Colts is 5-fot-11 senior guard Jordan Forrester at 10.0 per game.

Martin gains upper hand with OT win at Lamar

February, 9, 2011
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- There was an air of desperation surrounding Tuesday’s Arlington Martin-Arlington Lamar boys basketball game.

Both camps conceded that while the winner had the inside track on the fourth and final playoff berth in District 4-5A, the losing team faced a tough road.

Fittingly, it took an overtime to decide it.

Martin, burned on a last-second basket that forced overtime, stopped Lamar on its final possession of the extra period to escape Viking Gym with a 55-53 victory.

The Warriors (14-12, 6-5 in District 4-5A) are tied in the district standings with Lamar (18-11, 6-5). But because of Martin’s sweep of the season series, it now holds an advantage over Lamar should a head-to-head tiebreaker be needed. Each team has three district games remaining.

“This was a must game for us,’’ said Martin 6-foot-6 senior post Charles Buggs, who finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and a very big assist.

It was Buggs’ pinpoint pass off the dribble to a darting Jordan Walker that turned out to be the game-winning basket with 40 seconds remaining in overtime.

On Lamar’s final possession, 6-foot-9 senior post Cannen Cunningham, an SMU signee, was forced outside to receive the ball and missed a 3-point bid for the lead from the head of the key. Teammate Shayne Allen grabbed the rebound but in his haste to beat the buzzer hit the bottom of the rim.

“I think had Shayne gathered himself, he would have made the shot, but he didn’t know what the time situation was,’’ Lamar coach Zach Burks said. “Regardless, that play didn’t beat us. We allowed a put-back on an offensive rebound, we missed a free throw, and we didn’t make stops when we really needed them.’’

Cunningham finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds despite a collapsing Martin defense that made entry passes difficult.

“It’s frustrating,’’ said Cunningham, who is averaging 20 points and eight rebounds. “All teams play that way, but Martin was a little better at it than most. When I try to do too much, that’s when I get frustrated. The best thing I can do when I get double-teamed is to put my teammates in good position.’’

Warriors guard Myles Johnson led all scorers with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting.

Martin coach Jeff Plemons utilized a 2-3 zone defense in the first half and a match-up zone in the second half to clog the middle.

“Cannen is one of the best big kids to come along in a while,’’ said Plemons. “He has a great future.’’

Lamar guard Kordell Eilts put the game into overtime with a driving basket that pinballed off both sides of the rim before going down.

“I thought we showed a lot of heart because Lamar had the momentum going into overtime,’’ Plemons said.

Said Buggs: “We were kind of down, but we kept our composure and it turned out to be our best game of the year.’’

While disappointed with execution in critical spots, Burks, a one-time assistant on Plemons staff, was proud of the effort of his players.

“This was like a playoff game the way both teams went at it and the way the crowd got into the game,’’ Burks said. “I want every game to be like that.’’

In the preliminary girls game, Martin defeated Lamar, 51-43.

Improving Arl. Lamar guns for playoff berth

October, 26, 2010
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Arlington Lamar’s record (3-5, 2-3 in District 4-5A) is not indicative of the kind of football the Vikings have been playing in the second half of the season.

Lamar gave scares to two of the district’s best teams, Arlington Bowie and Arlington Martin, the last two weeks.

Each ended in defeat (36-32 to Bowie, 33-31 to Martin), but the close calls could be confidence-builders as Lamar makes its push for the final playoff berth in 4-5A.

Lamar is tied with Arlington Sam Houston and North Crowley for fourth place in the district standings and controls its fate. The Vikings host Sam Houston on Friday (7:30 p.m. at Cravens Field) and travel to North Crowley in the final game of the regular season.

The passing attack installed by first-year head coach Trent Fuller has been gaining productivity in recent weeks. Senior quarterback Will Boyette threw for over 230 yards against both Bowie and Martin.

Boyette has thrown for 1,490 yards and 14 touchdowns this season and also is the Vikings’ leading rusher with 361 yards.

Against Bowie and Martin, senior receiver Tracy Smith had a combined 19 catches for 323 yards. He leads Vikings receivers with 57 catches for 793 yards and seven touchdowns.

Lamar hopes to continue its traditional success against Sam Houston (3-5, 2-3.) The Vikings have won the last eight meetings and 23 of 25. Lamar leads 30-9 in the all-time series.

The Vikings defense will have to find a way to slow down Nebraska-bound Jamal Turner. The five touchdowns scored by the Texans’ quarterback in last week’s 46-43 win over North Crowley gave him 31 for the season, equaling an Arlington ISD record.

Turner also became:

*The third Arlington ISD player to go over 4,000 career rushing yards.

*The first AISD player to go over 10,000 total yards for his career.

Lamar’s defense has stood up well to the run recently. Against Martin and Bowie, the Vikings allowed an average of only 188 rushing yards.

QB helps North Crowley start fast in 4-5A play

October, 4, 2010
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North Crowley leans heavily on quarterback Josh Price.

The 6-1, 193-pound junior is parlaying that trust into wins.

Thanks to Price’s exploits, the Panthers are 2-0 in District 4-4A going into Friday’s game against Arlington Bowie at UT-Arlington’s Maverick Stadium.

Price’s passing and rushing accounted for 220 of the Panthers’ 248 yards in their most recent win, 21-18, over Fort Worth Paschal.

A week earlier, Price led North Crowley on a clutch fourth-quarter touchdown march in a 26-19 win at Weatherford in the 4-5A opener. Price rushed for 47 yards in the winning drive and threw a 5-yard scoring pass to David Fox for the decisive touchdown.

Price, a second-year starter, threw for three touchdowns and rushed for 77 yards.

North Crowley didn’t get off to the best start, dropping non-district games to Irving Nimitz, Richardson Berkner and Duncanville.

With the exception of a brief string of success that included a Class 4A Division I state title in 2003, North Crowley’s football program has been overshadowed by its basketball team. Think of all-state guard Willie Warren, now at Oklahoma.

The Panthers have had only three winning football seasons since the school opened in 1998, but imported coach Keeath Magee is trying to change that.

Magee guided Fort Bend Willowridge’s drive to the playoffs last season marked by his team’s ability to win close games.

While Magee builds his program, success for the remainder of 2010 could be fleeting for North Crowley. All five Arlington schools are ahead on the schedule.

But don't expect Price to go down quietly.

Arlington Sam Houston QB setting records

September, 28, 2010
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Records continue to fall for Arlington Sam Houston quarterback Jamal Turner.

The 6-1, 175-pound senior with 4.4-second 40-yard dash speed broke the Arlington ISD record for career yards after a 318-yard night in a 41-24 win over Fort Worth Paschal last week.

Turner’s has 8,611 career yards, passing Christian Matthews, who finished with 8,585 yards for Arlington Bowie from 2006-2008. Turner scored a school-record six touchdowns against Paschal and moved to No. 6 in AISD career rushing with 3,422 yards.

Turner has orally committed to Nebraska.

Sam Houston (2-2, 1-0 in District 4-5A) faces Bowie (1-3, 0-1) at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Wilemon Field on the Sam Houston campus.

Bowie has beaten Sam Houston for five straight years.

It has been 18 years since Sam Houston last started a district campaign 2-0.

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