Arlington's offense lights up Bowie


ARLINGTON -- Going into its showdown with defending District 4-5A champion Arlington Bowie, the Arlington Colts were coming off back-to-back 60-point explosions.

But not much was made of it because the Colts' opponents were Arlington Sam Houston and Mansfield Summit.


Rushing: Arlington: Tavarrean Dickerson 7-111, Matt Joeckel 20-123; Arl. Bowie: Russell Hansbrough 9-65, Langston Williams 5-62
Passing: Arlington: Matt Joeckel 14-23-0 247; Arl. Bowie: Deric Davis 16-27-0 268

Could Arlington and quarterback Matt Joeckel keep it up against a much better Bowie defense Friday night at UT-Arlington's Maverick Stadium?

The final score says it all: Arlington 59, Bowie 35.

Joeckel, who has committed to Texas A&M, threw for four touchdowns and rushed for two more. It was a performance that went off coach Scott Peach's grading scale.

"He brings an edge to our offense that I've never seen,'' Peach said. "He is the guy we go to when we need the physical run in short yardage. He can make every throw. And when Bowie put pressure on him, he is able to buy time and make the throw.''

With Joeckel (6-5, 220) leading the way, Arlington (7-2, 4-1) scored touchdowns on its first five possessions and a field goal on its sixth for a 38-21 halftime lead. The Colts extended it to seven straight scoring possessions in the third quarter with an 80-yard touchdown march.

For the third straight game, the Colts didn't have an official punt. Twice, they lined up in punt formation, but faked it once and received a roughing the kicker penalty on the other.

Bowie (5-2, 3-1) was able to keep pace early, but never got closer than 10 points in the second half.

Bowie left-handed quarterback Deric Davis threw for three touchdowns, but was under considerably more pressure than Joeckel, in part because of Bowie's inability to establish a consistent running game.

"We knew we had a score a lot against Bowie,'' Peach said.

The win broke Bowie's three-year hold on the series. And with a win over Mansfield in its final game, Arlington can do no worse than a share of the 4-A title.

Along with a possible outright 4-5A championship, Bowie lost an opportunity to match the Arlington ISD record for consecutive city victories. Arlington Lamar owns the record of 15 set from 1988-1993.