Arl. Lamar tries to hold 4-5A lead vs. Arl. Bowie

ARLINGTON LAMAR (3-3, 3-0 4-5A) vs. ARLINGTON BOWIE (4-2, 2-1)

7:30 p.m. Friday at Arlington’s Wilemon Field

When we saw them last: Lamar remained the surprise District 4-5A leader after a 52-12 pummeling of Fort Worth Paschal. It took two days for Bowie to put a wrap on a 42-21 win over North Crowley after a power outage Friday night forced a Saturday afternoon finish. Sophomore defensive back Edwin Freeman had two fumble returns for touchdowns.

2010 result: Bowie continued a five-year trend by holding off Lamar, 36-32, despite being outgained by over 100 yards. In Bowie’s run of success against Lamar, it has scored at least 35 points in all five wins. Lamar swept the first 22 meetings until Kenny Perry became Volunteers coach.

What’s at stake: Lamar with a win can maintain sole possession of the District 4-5A lead. A victory for Bowie would assure it at least a share of first place with three games remaining in the regular season.

Key matchup: Lamar senior quarterback Connor Berry has a hot hand, having thrown for 651 yards and eight touchdowns during the Vikings’ three-game winning streak. Bowie’s speedy, athletic defense is holding opponents to an average of 272 total yards per game.

Players to watch: Lamar receiver DaQuan Thomas is Berry’s go-to guy with 25 catches for 376 yards and seven touchdowns, while Cameron Smith leads the team in rushing with 327 yards and three scores. Bowie quarterback Kolby Listenbee accounted for three touchdowns in last year’s game at Lamar and senior running back Russell Hansbrough has regained the form from his sophomore season, rushing for 822 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Prediction: Bowie 35, Lamar 31.