Bowman Academy Eagles
Inside the Eagles
Last season: 4-6
Returning starters: 15 (seven offense, eight defense)
Returning offensive leader
Antonio Pipkin, Sr., QB. 98-177-9 passing, 2,349 yards, 25 TD; 38 carries, 255 yards, 3 TDs
Returning defensive leader
Isaiah Harkness, Sr., DT/TE. 39 tackles, 6 1/2 sacks.
Antonio Pipkin, Sr., QB. The senior can find the hands of nearly anyone he's looking for down field. He gives opponents fits and makes defenses think twice about stopping the pass.
He's got next
LaRon Golden, Jr., WR/DB. After an injury sidelined him last year, Golden is prepped for a breakout year. D-I coaches at 7-on-7 camps this summer couldn't get enough of watching him play, coach Rob Gross said.
The Times' breakdown
With Antonio Pipkin at the helm, the Eagles have no reason to stop using the spread offense that found success last season. They're hoping to utilize more of a defense that can stop the run. Bowman allowed 39 points per game last season after opponents realized they could run on the Eagles. "Anybody who played us last year or sees tape on us last year is going to run on us, because why would I even want to try to pass when I can run all day long?" coach Rob Gross said. "The losses came because we didn't stop the run and our offense couldn't keep up." Bowman coaches are still hoping to finish filling out the ranks when school starts, or recruiting players from the track team. In the meantime, the Eagles have found decent ability and stamina to play both offense and defense. — Hillary Smith