The Arlington Colts foreshadowed a bit of what might come at the end of the first half of Friday’s District 6-4A game against Arlington Bowie when the defense used some stifling pressure and key clock management to get the ball back for the Arlington offense.
The defense did that one more time late at Wilemon Field and the result was a 33-29 upset win over the previously unbeaten Bowie Volunteers.
“We had some big plays on defense tonight,” Arlington coach Scott Peach said. “And none of them bigger than right before halftime, stopping them on that fourth down play and then getting the ball back with three minutes to go on that fumble recovery.”
Arlington was down 29-26 with just over six minutes to play, but Arlington Bowie was denied on fourth down at its own 16, and four plays later Arlington running back Qaklon Fore gave the Colts what proved to be, a game-winner on a five-yard touchdown run that helped tighten the District 4-6A playoff picture.
The Colts (4-3, 3-1 in 4-6A) hold the tiebreaker over Bowie (6-1, 3-1) for second place, while Lamar (4-3, 2-2) and Martin (3-4, 2-2) are a game behind. Mansfield (5-2, 4-0) is in first place.
Arlington quarterback Caelan Day passed for 255 yards and three touchdowns against Bowie. Fore had one of those, a 3-yard catch that gave the Colts a 17-16 halftime lead. Rasah Anderson caught the other two TD passes..
There were seven lead changes in the game. The Vols took a 29-26 lead with 10:19 remaining in the game after some salty defense of its own.
Bowie withstood some awkward field position to get the ball back and march 91 yards for the go-ahead score, an 11-yard run by Branden Ellis.
Still, despite the poise and patience, it wasn’t enough.
Arlington linebacker Ben Carroll came up with a clutch fumble recovery on one of two, last-ditch efforts for Bowie’s offense.