Bowers growing into leadership role
FAYETTEVILLE — Imagine being next in line after a pair of SEC quarterbacks and another that’s in the NFL.
Add in the fact the team is coming off back-to-back state championships, and the pressure could shatter the windows of the Harmon Field press box.
Somehow, Darius Bowers appears unfazed and confident.
The Bulldogs’ junior quarterback will start for the first time Aug. 21 when Fayetteville heads to Greenwood for a scrimmage.
“There’s a lot of pressure that comes with starting at quarterback for any team,” Bowers said. “But especially at Fayetteville coming after guys like Brandon (Allen), Austin (Allen) and Taylor (Powell).
“They all did great things here, and I’m just trying to do the same.”
First-year coach Billy Dawson has been impressed with Bowers’ poise and character in the few months he’s been able to work with the 6-2, 190-pounder.
“He’s got a lot on his plate right now, so those wheels are spinning a little bit, but he’s doing well,” Dawson said. “He’s got some leadership qualities on and off the field. Leader-wise, he’s exactly what we’re trying to get our guys to follow.”