Through two playoff games and six other times in the regular season, Arlington Bowie has prevailed when it could have done otherwise.
“I think it’s one of the most tough-minded teams we’ve had here in a long time,” said Volunteers coach Danny DeArman. “The kids are resilient.”
While Bowie (10-2) can look forward to a Class 6A Division I regional round game against Duncanville (10-2) at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium, DeArman’s team can also look back on success that has not come easy.
Eight of the Volunteers’ wins have been by a touchdown or less.
“I really think that’s from a couple of seasons of not worrying about the scoreboard and preaching one play at a time,” DeArman adds. “Do your job, win each play, and know that if you do that the opportunity is going to be there to win the football game.”
Here are a few highlights:
▪ Week 1 Flower Mound Marcus led 31-19 in the middle of the third quarter, but the Vols outscored the Marauders 21-6 over the next 12 minutes and held on for a 40-39 win.
▪ Week 3 North Mesquite led 30-21 after three quarters, but Bowie quarterback Donoven Davenport threw a TD pass and ran in another for 35-30 win.
▪ Week 4 Arlington Martin led 10-0 in the second quarter, but Bowie won 12-10 on two Davenport TD passes.
▪ Week 8 Arlington Lamar led 24-0 at halftime, but the Vols won 26-24 when Branden Ellis scored on fourth-and-goal from the 1 with 1:40 left.
▪ Bi-district playoff Traded touchdowns and field goals with Keller Central to fall behind 17-13 by the middle of the fourth quarter. Bowie’s Braydon Johnson caught a 24-yard TD pass from Ty DeArman with 1:46 left for a 20-17 win.
▪ Area round last week Midland led by one point with 3:26 left, but the Vols drove 94 yards in five plays, capped by a 29-yard run TD by Camron Gardner for a 37-30 win.
“This is our game. This is the type of game that we win,” DeArman said following the contest. “This is what we do, so we just go out and did what we do.”
Against Midland, Davenport had season highs in rushing attempts (28) and rushing yards (208) along with two rushing touchdowns. The victory was sealed when Deyshawn McGee intercepted an Abilene pass with 58 seconds left.
“I knew our defense was going to pull through,” Davenport said. “As long as our defense can pull through, we’re good. I know our offense is capable of putting up points.”
DeArman sports a haircut that would make a drill sergeant envious, so it’s hard to tell if the nail-biting aspect of the season has truly taken a toll.
“There is not a doubt in my mind that there’d be some gray up there,” he says with a chuckle. “I know with these kids everything seems possible.”
Arlington Bowie (10-2) vs. Duncanville (10-2), 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Mansfield’s Newsom Stadium