The Weatherford Kangaroos were keenly aware, going into the district-opening match against Arlington Bowie, multiple ingredients would be in the mix to topple one of the most talented teams in District 3-5A. Unfortunately, the Roos failed to adhere to the planned recipe often enough in the Friday tilt and fell behind the Volunteers early in the game.
Down by five touchdowns at the break, WHS found the hill too steep to climb as Bowie ran away with the contest, 55-3.
The Roos’ offense showed glimpses of the methodical churning out of yardage but found the sustaining of there drives a difficult task against the quick and opportunistic Vols’ defense. Back in action after an injury early in the season sidelined the senior quarterback, Colton Mallory led the offensive production for Weatherford, compiling 94 yards on 10 carries and giving the Roo faithful a highlight-worthy 56-yard run through the Bowie defenders on his first carry, which came early in the second quarter.
The 8-play drive netted the Roos their only score of the night, with kicker Trey Rich splitting the uprights with a 27-yard field goal.
Roo miscues, beyond a pair of lost fumbles, set the stage for the Bowie offensive success. The Vols were presented with attractive field position most of the night. In 11 possessions on offense, Bowie averaged setting up shop at the mid-field stripe during the contest. The short field put extreme pressure on the Roo defense, as they were unable to consistently thwart the bevy of backs the Arlington school threw at the line of scrimmage.
An 83-yard scamper on the their final possession bloated Bowie’s rushing yardage, which totalled more than 330 yards when all was said and done.
The Roos passing game was deployed sparingly during the night and never quite complimented the running game, which did well to grind out just under 200 yards. But the main distraction to the WHS offense were the fumbles and the speed of the Bowie perimeter defenders, denying the corners to the Roo slot backs.
The moderate amount of rainfall did not help the Roos, and may have contributed to the sketchy ball handling on special teams, which, in contrast to the Bowie advantage when taking possession of the pigskin, often left Weatherford with the prospect of lengthy drives.
The Roos (1-3, 0-1) will get another dose of Arlington ISD on Friday, traveling to Cravens Field to meet the Martin Warriors (2-2, 1-0) who beat Arlington High on Friday, 38-28.
Arlington Bowie 55, Weatherford 3
Bowie 21 14 6 14 — 55
Weatherford 0 3 0 0 — 3
BHS — Tony James 3 run (Antonio Hernandez kick)
BHS — Brican Crossley 17 run (Hernandez kick)
BHS — Don Jerry 1 run (Hernandez kick)
BHS — James 4 run (Hernandez kick)
WHS — Trey Rich 27 field goal
BHS — Jerry 4 run (Hernandez kick)
BHS — Eric Rivers 12 run (Sammy Valdez kick)
BHS — Jerry 83 run (Valdez kick)
Team stats: BHS WHS
First downs 24 9
Rushes-Yds. 36-336 44-193
Passing Yds. 132 20
Comp-Att-Int 12-18-0 4-11-0
Total Yds. 468 213
Penalties 7-65 3-25
Punts-Avg. 2-22.5 6-30.8
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 3-2
Rushing: BHS — Jerry 13-170, Eric Rivers 6-64, Crossley 6-46; WHS — Mallory 10-94, Jeuqwan Brownlee 16-46, Hayden Rowell 3-27.
Passing: BHS — James 12-18-0-0, 132; WHS —Grant Werts 2-4-0-0, 14.
Receiving: BHS — Rivers 5-58, Crossley 3-41; WHS — Tony Rodriguez 1-10, J.Brownlee 2-6.