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Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Arlington Bowie defense to be tested by Arlington

Coach Kenny Perry said it is critical for his defense to be at its best when his Arlington Bowie Volunteers face the Arlington Colts for the District 4-5A lead at 7:30 p.m. Friday at UTA's Maverick Stadium.

"Arlington is not the kind of team you want to play catch-up against," Perry said. Bowie (6-1, 3-0) leads Arlington (6-2, 3-1) by a half-game in 4-5A.

Arlington has averaged 47.8 points for game over the last five weeks. In the last two games, the Colts have scored 63 and 62 points.

Perry said his defense has grown up a lot since a 35-27 loss to Skyline in the second game of the season. "Our young guys didn't back down that night. That gave us the confidence to know we can play with anybody," Perry said.

Bowie's steady offense is led by quarterback Deric Davis (96-154-2, 1,223 yards, 12 touchdowns.) Perry calls him the best quarterback no one knows about.

Junior receiver Cameron White has already committed to TCU. He has 15 catches for 247 yards and five touchdowns but it his blocking that has pleased Perry most.

A Bowie victory would extend its streak against fellow AISD teams to 15 in a row, matching the record of Arlington Lamar in 1988-1993. Bowie's last loss to a city opponent was to Arlington Martin in 2005.

"This season has been a little surprising," Perry said. "As freshmen this group went 3-7. But they have really bought into what we're doing."