PATTONVILLE, Texas—James Bowie plundered Era, 19-12, in the bi-district round of the Class 2A, Division II district playoffs Friday night at Prairiland's Patriot Stadium.
Ty Watts racked up 114 yards of rushing on 27 totes and scored all three of the Pirates' touchdowns in the first half.
James Bowie (7-4) faces Mart (10-1) next week in the Class 2A, Division II area round. Mart mauled West Hardin, 80-0.
It was a slow-and-steady run game that gave James Bowie the win in a game where both teams struggled to hold on to the ball.
The Pirates first score came off their opening drive, 61 yards in six plays, when Watts leaped over the defensive line from two yards out.
The Hornets stung back quickly on its opening drive with a 38-yard dash by Rodney Bowden.
Watts went to work again early in the second quarter with a 1-yard plunge, and Dalton McBride kicked the PAT to make it 13-6.
After two fumbles by Era and one by James Bowie, Watts found his way into the end zone again on an 18-yard dash in the second quarter to give the Pirates a 19-6 halftime lead.
The Hornets started a fourth quarter rally when Landon Condiff caught two passes in a row from Rodney Bowden, the first for 33 yards, and the second a 24-yard floater into the end zone to cut the Pirate lead down to seven.
Era forced a turnover on downs and took possession of the ball, with 1:08 left to play, on the 23-yard line.
The Hornets were given a first down after a facemask penalty was called on the Pirates. But after two incomplete passes, James Bowie made an interception and took a knee to end the game.
Evan Barron added eight carries for 82 yards, and Duncan Hammonds had 37 yards on seven carries for James Bowie.
Condiff finished with three receptions for 90 yards to lead Era's offense. Bowden aided on the ground with 14 carries for 47 yards.
Era 6 0 0 6—12
James Bowie 6 13 0 0—19
JB-Ty Watts 2 run (kick failed), 9:48.
ERA-Rodney Bowden 38 run (pass failed), 5:11.
JB-Watts 1 run (Dalton McBride kick), 11:17.
JB-Watts 18 run (kick failed), 1:34.
ERA-Landin Condiff 24 pass from Bowden (kick failed), 7:48.
RUSHING—Era, Bowden 14-47, Nathan Taraba 8-19, Andy Bentley 4-24, Sam Fleck 5-7, Cade Klement 1-9. James Bowie, Barron 8-82, Duncan Hammonds 7-37, Watts 27-114, Ethan Fields 2-26, Gabe Brantley 3-8.
PASSING—Era, Bowden 6-14-2-120, Flack 0-1-1-0. James Bowie, Barron 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING—Era, Klement 2-17, Flack 1-3, Condiff 3-90.