Photo by Mark Mena
The Parkland Matador offense would prove to be too explosive for a spirited Bowie Bears team as the Matadors advanced to the Area-round of the Playoffs with a 64 to 28 victory, claiming their second straight Bi-District Title.
The Game was close most of the First Half with Bowie looking like the quick strike time receiving the opening kickoff and only needing 11 seconds and 1 play to score on a 76-yard touchdown run by William Carrasco to take a quick 7-0 lead. Parkland would answer with a Gabriel Herrera to Jesus Sandoval Touchdown pass to even the game at 7. Bowie would answer retaking the lead on an impressive 69-yard drive capped off by a William Carrasco Touchdown run from the one-yard line to retake the lead at 14-7. Parkland would close out the first quarter with the first of four touchdowns of the night by Sophomore Estaban Hernandez who played his first Varsity game of the season. Hernandez would finish the night with 158 yards rushing on 17 carries in his debut and give Parkland a 15 to 14 lead to end the first quarter.
After forcing Bowie to go 3 and out Parkland would get the ball back and Esteban Hernandez would score his second touchdown of the evening giving the Matadors a 22 to 15 lead. Bowie would answer on a Quarterback Justin Diaz would hit his Tight-End Julian Lopez on a Touchdown pass to bring the Bears within 1 point at 22-21. Parkland would then take control of the game scoring two touchdowns before the first by Donta Hayes and the second by Dwayne Ford Jr. to take a 36 to 21 lead into the half.
Parkland Quarterback Gabriel Herrera and the Matador Offense would take over the game in the second half 21 unanswered points to give the Matadors a 57 to 21 lead early in the fourth quarter. Herrera would finish his night 16 of 26 passing with 362 yards and 5 touchdown passes to 1 interception. Bowie would add one more score on a William Carrasco touchdown run but the Matador Offense would prove to be too explosive.
The Bowie Bears end their season at 6-5 after fighting their way into the playoffs the final week of the regular season. For Parkland they now move onto the Area Round of the Playoffs to Play a 4-7 Wichita Falls Team who suddenly has some momentum claiming an unexpected Bi-District Title. For Parkland it is their second straight trip to the Area Playoff Round.
Parkland Matadors 64 Bowie Bears 28
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