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Bailey's career first half makes short work of Arlington Bowie


Brandon Bailey rushed for 265 yards and four touchdowns as Permian defeated Arlington Bowie to move on in the District 6A Division I playoffs, but for Bailey and the Panthers it was all about the first half.

Coming into the game Bowie knew all they needed to do to win was load the line and stop Brandon Bailey’s running. On the first series the Volunteers tried to do just that, loading up ten men on the line. Ten men proved to be too many. While Bailey carried the ball for 3-5 yards every pop, it was Kobe Robinson that would strike first. A 14-yard scramble around the right end put Permian up 7-0, and the Panthers would never look back.

On the second and third series once again Bowie loaded the line with ten men. Once again Permian found ways to beat the Volunteers. Bailey continued to get 3-5 yards a pop, but it was the passing of Trey Potter that would catch the Volunteers by surprise. Trey Potter would hit Dexter Neboh for a 20 yard touchdown pass, a pass which essentially put an end to the Bowie ten man line for the night. Potter would continue his occasional surprise pass attacks, going 3-3 in the first half for 43 yards and one passing touchdown.

The passing surprises and the 3-5 yards a pop slowly but surely wore down the Volunteers defense. The result, Bailey scrambles of 8, 5, and 72 yards for touchdowns. It was all part of a career first half for Bailey. Bailey would carry the ball 21 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns (9.9 yards per carry). His second score made him the all time touchdown leader in the Panthers fabled history. It put him on pace to become the all-time single game leading rusher if the pace was maintained in the second half. Even more impressive, of the Panthers six possessions in the first half five went for touchdowns. The sixth was turned over inside the redzone.

The Volunteers didn’t give up without a fight. DeAndre Cook would carry the ball for the Volunteers for 108 yards and a touchdown, but the 35-12 deficit would force him to take a backseat in the second half and force Donoven Davenport to pass. The Panthers defense continued their supreme reign over the short pass and picked off Davenport twice in the process. The 12 points given up increased Permian’s score against average to 10.18 per game, but what us .18 points in the eternal scheme when you win and move on to the next round of the playoffs?

While the two teams would trade a series of punts and turnovers in the second half, it was once again Bailey who would slowly continue to wear down the Volunteers D. The D was able to limit Bailey’s rushing damage in the second half (16 carries for 57 yards- 3.56 yards per carry), but it was too little, too late.

Permian (10-1) moves on to play Amarillo Tascosa (9-2) in the 6A Division I area round playoffs. The game will take place at Lubbock’s Lowery Field next Saturday, November 21 at 1 p.m. The game will once again be televised live in the Permian Basin on MyTV 16. The game will also be carried live on radio in both Amarillo and Odessa. Those radio stations carrying the game will be finalized next week.

Bowie 0 12 0 0 –12
Permian 7 28 0 14 –49

First Quarter
PHS– Kobe Robinson 14 run (Dekoda Delao kick), 7:46
Second Quarter
PHS– Dexter Neboh 20 pass from Trey Potter (Delao kick), 7:23
PHS– Brandon Bailey 8 run (Delao kick), 4:20
BHS– DeAndre Cook 54 run (run failed), 3:53
PHS– Bailey 5 run (Delao kick), 2:01
BHS– Jesse Ebouze 18 pass from Donoven Davenport (pass failed), 1:15
PHS– Bailey 72 run (Delao kick), 0:26
Fourth Quarter
PHS– Jack Fawcett 11 pass from Potter (Delao kick), 9:33
PHS– Bailey 12 run (Delao kick), 0:55

Bowie PHS
First Downs 12 18
Total Yards 263 364
Rushes-Yards 32-134 50-280
Comp-Att-Int 13-27-3 6-8-0
Punts 0-0 0-0
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-49 9-75

RUSHING: Bowie– DeAndre Cook 17-108, Anthony Hawkins 6-11, Donoven Davenport 7-8, Eddie Garcia 1-5, John Fountain 1-2; PHS– Brandon Bailey 37-265, Kobe Robinson 3-17, Dexter Neboh 2-11, Trey Potter 8-(-13).
PASSING: Bowie– Davenport 13-25-2–129, Hawkins 0-2-1–0; PHS– Potter 6-8-0–84.
RECEIVING: Bowie– Anthony Hawkins 4-45, Jesse Ebozue 3-25, Kobe Daniels 1-24, DeAndre Cook 3-18, John Murphy 2-17; PHS– Jack Fawcett 3-43, Robinson 2-21, Neboh 1-20.
INTERCEPTIONS: PHS– Robby Washington 1-34, Joshua Nguyen 1-16, Des Smith 1-15.

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