Bowie’s Payton Price is being called upon to replace Matthew Wallace at quarterback this season and for the most part the switch from receiver to signal caller has been smooth.
The Bowie Jackrabbits are seeking a fourth straight appearance in the playoffs in 2018. But they are also seeking the programs first winning season since 2012 when they went 6-4. They’ll do so with a new quarterback, Payton Price. He has experience as a quarterback but this will be his first time taking snaps on Friday nights.
“It’s been a little different but I’m excited,” says Price. “Really trying to gain the respect of the other players. There’s a lot more that goes into it than just taking the ball and handing it off or taking it and throwing it. You’ve got to read the defense, you’ve got to start looking at different things – a lot of presnap reads.”
Ty Harris will be asked to contribute in the backfield with Price.
“Ty played for us in district and stepped in there and did a great job,” says Bowie head coach Dylan Stark. “He had a 100-yard rushing game against Paradise, one of the big reasons we got in the playoffs. So he’s worked really hard in the offseason and I’d expect him to take the next step. He’s only going to be a sophomore but he’s definitely going to be one of the guys that the other guys look up to even though he’s only a sophomore.”
Receiver Joey Crawford will also be a big part of Bowie’s offense.
“Joey is someone that really stepped up last year,” says Stark. “We’re gonna try to move him around the field and get the ball in his hands more ways. He’s definitely someone that’s gonna have to play both ways. And he’ll be a big part of our team.”
Defensively the Jackrabbits will sports a solid linebacking corps of Chance Tomlinson, Jacob Skinner and AJ Craddock. The trio and the rest of the Rabbits defense will try to improve a unit which allowed 32 points a game in 2017.