AUBREY — A balanced attack and a stifling defense helped Pottsboro open the playoffs with a victory.

AUBREY — A balanced attack and a stifling defense helped Pottsboro open the playoffs with a victory.


Four Cardinals found the end zone and Bowie got there just once as Pottsboro defeated the Jackrabbits, 30-8, in a Class 2A Division I bi-district game on Friday night.


Pottsboro (10-1) will face Redwater in the area round at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Paris.


The Cardinals mixed up their scoring for the early advantage. Chris DeLaCruz scored early in the first quarter on a run from one yard out, a score which was set up by a 17-yard run by Hunter Mullenix to the 10-yard line.


A successful fourth-down conversion led to a score later in the first half. Pottsboro went for it on fourth-and-nine and converted the first down off of a 15-yard pass from Mullenix to Kory Waller. Zane Pritchett found Zach Lovelady on a 16-yard touchdown pass just a few plays later.


"They’ve both been very unselfish," Pottsboro head coach Matt Poe said of his two quarterbacks. "While they like to both be out there all the time, they accept what’s best for the football team and they’ve done that very well. I’m proud of those two guys."


Zane Martinez set up Pottsboro’s final touchdown of the first half off a blocked punt. Mullenix found Jacob Tol for a 14-yard touchdown and Waller made a 29-yard field goal late in the second quarter for a 24-0 halftime lead.


Pottsboro got one final score after stopping Bowie (4-7) on fourth-and-two in the fourth quarter on Patton Lyons’ 66-yards touchdown.


Bowie, which finished with just 191 yards, avoided the shutout early in the third quarter. The Jackrabbits’ lone touchdown came on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Garland McCoy to Brad Slade.


Following a two-point conversion by Carter Shackelford, Weston Skinner recovered the onside kick and Bowie had a chance to move even closer but the drive ended at the Pottsboro 30.


"We could have cut it to one possession but we couldn’t get it done," Bowie head coach Dylan Stark said. "We had the momentum, it felt like, and we were driving down the field and we had a couple of costly penalties that we couldn’t recover from."