Two years ago Arlington Bowie was a program wallowing at the bottom of the district standings year in and year out, however the arrival of Head Coach Kenny Perry at the start of the 2006 season brought about hope and change. The first thing Perry did was select a skinny sophomore named Christian Mathews to take the reins of his spread offense and the rest is history.
The now 6’3 175 pound senior to be has not only put up spectacular numbers, but he’s also led the Volunteers to two amazing seasons. As a sophomore Mathews threw for over 1500 yards and 8 touchdowns, while adding nearly 700 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in leading BHS to a 7-4 season and their first ever trip to the playoffs just one season removed from a 1-9 campaign. Those solid numbers earned Christian District 8-5A sophomore of the year honors.
2007 would prove to be even better for the Bowie gunslinger as Mathews led the Volunteers to a 12-2 mark and a trip to the Class 5A Division I State Quarter-Finals, as he threw for 2786 yards and 25 touchdowns and he added 604 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns earning 8-5A MVP honors.
Christian who says his biggest strengths are his accuracy and ability to read the field is looking to work on the basics this off-season as in getting faster and stronger. He currently holds three offers including Kansas and Louisville and Northwestern and he’s also gotten interest from the likes of Tulsa, Georgia Tech, TCU, Baylor and Oklahoma State.
This summer Mathews will attend camp at Louisville and he’ll look to take his team back to the seven on seven state championship in July at Texas A&M, in 2007 Bowie fell to eventual champion Georgetown in the semi-finals.
Christian says he’d like to decide on where he’ll attend school before the start of the 2008 season, but the decision won’t be a rushed one if he can help it. “We got close last year, but we still need to take things one game at a time and focus on the little things this year. My first goal is to score more touchdowns on opening drives this year, as I didn’t think we did a good job of that last year, that will help us win games which in the end will help us reach our goals of winning district and making a run at state.”