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Arlington Lamar a surprising District 4-5A leader

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.