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1/10/07

East Texan Punts, Passes & Kicks His Way To Texas Stadium

As the quarterback of the Mt. Pleasant JV football team, 15-year-old Chad Bowers knew he could throw the football pretty far.  But while killing time at the Titus County fair last year, he found out he could kick as well... As in the punt, pass and kick competition, in which each competitor got one shot to punt, pass and kick the ball, adding the yardage of the three together for a score. He won that event, advancing to sectionals in paris, with a possible berth in the state competition at Texas Stadium on the line.

"He beat the competition there by about 100 feet," said his Dad Matt Bowers.  "He kept telling the people to back up when he was passing and they wouldn't back up, so he just threw it over their head."

Of the 15 sectional winners, only the top five advanced to the state competition. Sure enough, Chad qualified to compete at Texas Stadium before the Cowboys game against New Orleans.

"I was kind of nervous, because (Texas Stadium) was real big," Bowers said, "but other than that, I was just out there having fun."

"They got to go out on the field during the game and be recognized," his Dad recalled, "and go out there during the 3rd quarter, show a little bit of their competition, their passing and stuff, and of course, the crowd loved it, and I said, that's my boy!  It was great.

In wet, slippery conditions, Chad won that competition, by posting what would turn out to be the 14th best score in the country.

"They said over three million kids (participated) in this competition he was 14th on," his Dad said.  "That's fantastic."

Chad says his next competition will be for the starting quarterback job at Mt. Pleasant High School next year.

 

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