Last season: 6-5 (5-2 District 4-6A)
Key players: QB Donoven Davenport (6-3, 205); RB Branden Ellis (5-8, 160); WR Kobe Daniels (5-9, 155); WR Braydon Johnson (6-1, 185); WR Ty DeArman (6-0, 180); RB/WR Cam’ron Gardner (5-9, 165); RB/WR Keion Griffin (5-9, 175); DT Livingston Paogofie (6-2, 245); DE Mekhi Shelley (6-1, 210); LB Kylan Jones (6-1, 220); CB Coi Miller (6-1, 185); S De’Mond Sellers (6-2, 185)
The big picture: Bowie rode a strong rushing attack into the playoffs last season. The Volunteers don’t expect one player to match former running back DeAndre Cook’s production (2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns). Instead, the Vols will lean on improved quarterback Donoven Davenport (1,500 yards passing, nearly 500 rushing and 18 total TDs in 2015) and a large — and fast — supporting cast at receiver and running back. “I’ve got so many kids who can make a difference in a game,” Bowie coach Danny DeArman said. “There’s so many guys who can take a handoff or pass and go 50 or 60 yards.” Junior RB Branden Ellis is one of those big-play threats. As a sophomore he got the lion’s share of the carries, but Bowie also plans to hand it to versatile RBs/slot receivers Cam’ron Gardener and Keion Griffin. And Davenport has a trio of blazing fast wideouts to target downfield in Kobe Daniels, Braydon Johnson and Ty DeArman. “I’m feeling more comfortable, more chemistry with the players,” said Davenport, a senior. “It should be good this year.” Bowie’s deep defensive front, led by senior defensive tackle Livingston Paogofie and senior linebacker Kylan Jones, is capable of slowing down the formidable rushing attacks Bowie will face in District 4-6A. “I’m not concerned about our defense going up against any type of offense,” Jones said.
Quotable: “I’m excited about their potential. But they are the ones that have to show up on Friday nights and get it done.” — Coach Danny DeArman
“Speed is going to be our main factor. I don’t think there’s going to be a team in our district that can run with us.” — QB Donoven Davenport
“I feel like Bowie this year is the underdog, and we use that for motivation.” — DT Livingston Paogofie
Notable: Wide receivers Kobe Daniels and Braydon Johnson are also track standouts and reigning state champions in the 4x400 relay, with a winning time of 3:14.03.