FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Fayetteville Class of 2019 quarterback Darius Bowers has his high school team off to a fast start in 2018. Fayetteville is 2-0 including a 45-31 victory over Owasso (Okla.) this past Friday night.
Owasso came into the game ranked No. 24 in the nation by at least publication. In that game, Bowers completed 24 of 35 passes for 393 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing 14 times for 41 yards and three more scores.
On Wednesday, Bowers was honored by the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club for his play against Owasso. Afterward, he talked about the hot start to the season that also includes a 51-28 road victory over St. Louis (Mo.) Vianney.
"I give my credit all to my teammates, offensive line and our receivers," Bowers said. "They've come a long way. It's just a credit to them."
As a junior, Bowers completed 255 of 405 passes for 3,398 yards, 34 touchdowns and seven interceptions while helping lead the team to a 7-5 record and into second round of the playoffs. What are your strengths and also the thing you need to work on the most?
"I think I have a strength in reading the defense and just taking what they give me," Bowers said. "Weaknesses I can get more stronger on the deep ball."
This the second season for Billy Dawson at Fayetteville. He came to the Purple Dogs after leading Russellville to a Class 6A state championship. Bowers likes the offense that Dawson uses at Fayetteville.
"Our offense is very fast pace and very quarterback friendly," Bowers said. "It's a great offense."
In 2016, Bowers served as the backup quarterback to Taylor Powell, who is now at the University of Missouri. Bowers credits Powell with teaching him a lot of things.
"I learned a lot not only on the field stuff, but being a leader and being more vocal to my teammates," Bowers said. "Just getting my teammates going."
Bowers currently holds offers from Dartmouth, UCA, Texas State, Southern Miss and some others. He also talked about what he's looking for in a college.
"I'm looking for great in both football and academics," Bowers said.
Arkansas' Director of Athletics and Vice-Chancellor Hunter Yurachek was the guest speaker at the Northwest Arkansas Touchdown Club on Wednesday. Bowers enjoyed the speech.
"I loved it," Bowers said. "He's a great guy. I think he's gonna do some great things here."
In two games this season, Bowers has completed 46 of 63 passes for 776 yards and seven touchdowns. Bowers has rushed 24 times for 79 yards and three touchdowns.
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