Sophomore receiver maturing, growing into new role

Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 10:40 AM.

He had five catches for 122 yards in Havelock’s 55-6 victory over Jones Senior Aug. 31.

“It’s a target on my back and it makes teams have to try and stop me,” Bowman said. “If they need someone to throw the ball to, they can count on me.”

Havelock begins Coastal Conference play on Friday at White Oak. The Rams haven’t lost a conference game since a 34-30 defeat to West Carteret on Oct. 29, 2010 — a span of eight-straight games.

If the Rams want to continue their streak, Bowman will certainly continue to get the football.

“I’ve been working really hard in practice and getting the routes down,” Bowman said. “Last year was kind of easy, but it’s gotten tougher. I’ve had to step my game up.”

Bowman, who runs the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds, credits his breakout year to the effort he put in the offseason.

“It’s improving,” Bowman said. “I have to keep working hard and be stronger when I get the ball. I came in wanting to make a lot of catches and not drop so many balls, and make more touchdowns.”

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