In a defensive battle where points came at a premium, Bowie's fourth quarter heroics by kicker Alexis Martinez gave the Bears a huge 6-3 win over Canutillo in their District 1-5A opener.  Martinez nailed a 24 yard field goal at the 8:18 mark of the fourth quarter, and hit the game winning 32 yard field goal with 3:07 remaining.

Bowie's clutch nine play 51 yard drive late in the fourth quarter set up their game winning field goal.  The Bears utilized duel quarterbacks Erick Pichardo and German Carrasco, and threw the ball quite a bit more making their offense more diverse.  Pichardo used his exceptional mobility to rush for 94 yards on 20 carries, while Carrasco entered the game in the third quarter and completed 7 of 9 passes for 87 yards.  Without question, this was a statement win for Bowie by defeating Canutillo, who has won the past two district championships.

Both defenses performed brilliantly throughout the evening, Bowie's secondary kept Canutillo out of the end zone, and put relentless pressure on quarterback Daniel Alvarez.  Canutillo's signature defense enabled the Eagles to keep Bowie scoreless until the fourth quarter, and stopped a couple of key scoring opportunities for the Bears throughout the game.

Bowie's Baty-Simmang Stadium. (photo by Brandon Cohn)
Bowie's Baty-Simmang Stadium. (photo by Brandon Cohn)

Bowie improves to 3-0, (1-0) in District 1-5A with the victory, and will travel to Burges next Friday.  Canutillo falls to 0-3, (0-1) 1-5A with the loss, and will host Chapin next week.

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