Bow­ers grow­ing into lead­er­ship role

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL -

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.”

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