Wilson senior quarterback Avery Bowden has put up impressive numbers this season. Unfortunately, those numbers had not resulted in victories for the Tigers--until yesterday.
Bowden threw touchdowns on his first three passes and finished the afternoon 9 of 12 for 162 yards and six touchdowns to lead Wilson to a 47-0 victory over Cardozo in a DCIAA West game at 83-year-old Sal Hall Stadium. It was the division opener for both teams.
The win was Wilson's first of the season after six losses.
"We've been frustrated because we know we can play better," Bowden said. "We're starting to pick it up. There's going to be harder teams to come, but we should do better over the last couple of games." The Tigers' remaining schedule includes games at Altoona (Pa.) and defending DCIAA champion Dunbar.
Bowden has completed 101 of 197 passes for 1,263 yards, 16 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season, and has been Wilson's primary bright spot through the first half of the season. Yesterday, he was bolstered by the return of 6-foot, 310-pound offensive guard-defensive tackle Paris Davis, who made his first appearance since fracturing a foot during the preseason.
"Paris made a big difference, because he's the best lineman we have," Bowden said. "As a unit, today was the best the line ever blocked. I was hardly even touched."
Bowden wasted no time putting Wilson in front, throwing a 53-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Antonio Brown on the third play of the game. An eight-yard touchdown pass to Brown, a nine-yard touchdown pass to Curtis Jones and a 15-yard touchdown run by Jimmie Green gave the Tigers a 26-0 edge after one quarter.
Following a 23-yard touchdown pass to Andre Wallace, Bowden showed good mobility when, scrambling to his left, he threw across his body to Wallace for a four-yard touchdown to put Wilson ahead 40-0 at halftime. The Tigers scored on their first seven possessions.
"I just hope this is what we paid a price for," Wilson Coach Horace Fleming said. "Oh and six is a price for the kids to play at this level. We have to do better next week, and keep doing better so we can make the playoffs."
Since winning the DCIAA championship in 1996, Cardozo (1-5, 0-1) has fallen on hard times. The Clerks went 0-10 last season and have lost their last two games by a combined score of 116-0.
"It's kind of a down point for the program," Cardozo Coach Bobby Richards said. "The demographics of the neighborhood have changed. The Clifton Terrace high-rise apartment building next to the school closed down, and a lot of our athletes came from there."