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Bowie football wins 44-42

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The Bowie Jackrabbits picked up their first district win at Peaster on Friday night in a game that went down to the wire.
The Jackrabbits did just enough to hang on at the end to win 44-42 against the Greyhounds.
Bowie was in control in the first half. Wide receiver Ryder Richey took a forward pitch reverse around the right side 71-yards for a touchdown catch, technically, from quarterback Colby Miller. It put Bowie up 7-0.
Peaster answered back with a touchdown drive that ended with a short two-yard touchdown pass on a slant route from quarterback Gunner McElroy. The extra point was no good as the Jackrabbits stayed in the lead 7-6.
Bowie’s offense continued to hum as running back Ty Harris got loose up the middle for a 25-yard touchdown run. The score put the Jackrabbits up 14-6 heading into the second quarter.
Bowie’s offense had another successful drive deep into Peaster’s territory. Facing fourth down the Jackrabbits elected to kick the 28-yard field goal, which Alan Miranda put through the uprights to make the score 17-6.
The Greyhounds answered back as McElroy found Caden Duer open for a 25-yard touchdown catch. The extra point failed again as Peaster cut the lead to 17-12.
Before halftime Bowie conducted another successful offensive drive. It ended in the end zone this time as Miller ran the ball in from two yards out to extend the Jackrabbits lead to 23-12 heading into the break.
Bowie has had a couple of games this season, most notably the previous one against Pilot Point, where the Jackrabbits failed to follow up a good first half with anything close in the second half.
That trend looked like it was continuing as Peaster came back in the third quarter to take the lead.
McElroy finished two drives with short touchdown runs to put the Greyhounds up 27-23 as Bowie was having flashbacks to last week.
As the fourth quarter came, the Jackrabbits offense got out of their third quarter funk and big plays started to happen again.
Miller threw the ball to Miranda on a screen pass to the right side. Miranda found the seem, made a couple of defenders miss and ran to the end zone to complete a 41-yard touchdown catch. The score gave Bowie back the lead 29-27, but Peaster was not done.
McElroy found Zane O’Donnell open behind the defense after a pump fake, completing a pass to him for a 46-yard touchdown catch. It gave the Greyhounds back the lead 34-29.
The Jackrabbits leaned on their senior running back Ty Harris down the stretch as he finished the next two drives with touchdown runs of seven and 12 yards. Bowie’s lead was 44-34, but Peaster’s big play offense was still threat despite time running out.
Surprisingly, it was the Greyhounds running game that came through.
Big running back Tramer Gilbert ran through two defenders up the middle before breaking to the sideline to score a 53-yard touchdown run. The good two-point conversion cut the lead to 44-42, meaning a field goal would win the game if Peaster could get the ball back.
With less than two minutes to play and not enough time outs, the Greyhounds needed to recover the onside kick to have a chance.
Fortunately, Bowie recovered the ball and was able to kneel the ball a few times to secure the win.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the mid-week edition of the Bowie News.

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Firecracker 5K welcomes 100 runners on July 4th

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Saint Jo’s Firecracker 5K welcomed 100 runners for its 16th year on July 4th.
According to runsignup.com, Old Jo’s Firecracker 5K saw 100 runners of all ages register to kick off in downtown Saint Jo.
Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher with a time of 19:02.6. Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, was the top female finisher with 21:47.1.
In the male nine and under division, I. Miller, nine, Muenster, repeated his first place win from 2023 with at time of 34:52.8. E. Thomas, eight, no town listed, also repeated her win with a time of 31:58.5.
Emry Raney-Cavnar, 14, Ardmore, OK, won the male 10-14 group and E. Christensen, 11, Decatur, took the female race. In the male 15-19 division Luke Gehrig, 17, Muenster, won, while Sophia Christensen, 15, Decatur, took the ladies’ title.

See all the results and more photos in the weekend Bowie News.

Special appreciation to Jennifer Gaston Panther Photography for use of her photos.

Brayden Willett, 14, Nocona, was the top male finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
Sarah Rainey, 35, Saint Jo, came in as the top female finisher in the Firecracker 5K.
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MLB All Star Week underway Metroplex

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Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers have planned a full week of activities for 2024 All-Star Week taking place in Arlington, Fort Worth and the North Texas region from July 12-16.
The 94th Midsummer Classic will be played at Globe Life Field on July 16, marking the second All-Star Game to be hosted by the Rangers following the 1995 All-Star Game at The Ballpark in Arlington.
HBCU Swingman Classic: July 12
All-Star Commissioner’s Cup: July 12- July 15
Jennie Finch Classic: July 12-15.
All-Star Village: July 13-16
All-Star Futures Game: July 13
All-Star Celebrity Softball: July 13
MLB Draft Opening Night: July 14
Home Run Derby: July 15
All-Star Red Carpet Show:July 16
MLB All-Star Game presented: July 16

Read the full story in the weekend Bowie News.

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Bullfighter starts early training for his future dream job

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By JORDAN NEAL
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When most young kids get into rodeo, the craziest ones might be lucky enough to ride small bucking horses and maybe bulls in their late teens.
Then there is 12-year-old Riggin Garrett, who is already pursuing what he hopes is his future career as a bullfighter. It is a dream he began trying out several years ago at rodeos in and around this county.
This is not the Spanish variation of bullfighting where they end up killing the bull, this is “freestyle bullfighting” which is more popular in America. Here bullfighters attempt to make the bull look a fool, using their athleticism to barely dodge them, put their hats on their heads, leap over them and sometimes use a barrel as a prop. They also work as protection for the cowboys during the bull riding to help save bucked off riders.
In competition, both the bullfighter and the bull are judged after a 60-70 second encounter with points scored due to the various maneuvers pulled off.
Garrett is the son of Keysha Avens and Shane Garrett, and will be going into seventh grade at Saint Jo. As long as he can remember, Garrett has always been interested in bullfighting.

Read the full feature in the mid-week Bowie News.

Top Photo by J. Kelley Photography.

CORRECTION – In the mid-week Bowie News, the photographer for the picture on the top of page 1B was misidentified. The photo came from J. Kelley Photography, not Andre Silva as stated. We apologize for this error.

Riggin Garrett with Bullfighter Cody Webster. (Courtesy photo)
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