Messenger Offensive Player of the Week

Messenger Offensive Player of the Week
Messenger Offensive Player of the Week


Chase Bowling

    School:    Union City

    Grade:    Senior

    Height:    5-9

    Weight:    190

    Pos.: Quarterback

By the numbers: The triggerman in Union City’s midline/veer rushing attack, Bowling turned into a gunslinger with three long passing touchdowns in the Tornadoes’ 29-26 victory over Huntingdon. With the Mustangs crowding the line of scrimmage to defend against the run, the heady QB threw scoring tosses of 65 yards to Keontre Murrell, 50 yards to Chris Boucher and 66 yards to Travis Rutland to pile up an astonishing 181 yards on just three completions. With now four TD passes in three games, Bowling has already surpassed last season when he threw just two all season while leading Union City to the Class 1A state championship.

Sound bite: “We’re probably never going to throw the ball 20 times a game unless it’s out of necessity, but it’s critical that we keep people honest defensively,” UC head coach Darren Bowling said when evaluating his eldest son’s play. “And Chase and the receivers worked on that this summer — not necessarily threading the needle, but just getting the ball to them where they can catch it and then make plays after the catch. I was really pleased that we were able to execute in the passing game, and we’ll need to continue to against teams that may think last week was a fluke.”

HONORABLE MENTION:  J.P. Fowler, SF sophomore tailback, ran for 171 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries, hitting paydirt from 54 and 27 yards out in the Devils’ 47-6 romp over crosstown rival Fulton City. Keylon Hyde, UC sophomore fullback, Obion County’s top rusher with over 500 yards in just three games, Hyde ran for 90 yards on 22 carries with a one-yard TD plunge included.

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