Jackson Lord started things for Bowie on Thursday.

Kyle Carter did the rest.

Lord returned a punt 62 yards for a touchdown early in the first quarter and Carter rushed for 163 yards and three touchdowns as Bowie rolled to a 27-0 District 25-6A win over Anderson at House Park.

“This was a statement game,” Carter said. “We were coming off a loss (to Hays) and a lot of us were mad and pissed off about it, so we just wanted to bounce back.”

It was a crucial win for the Bulldogs (4-2 overall, 2-2 District 25-6A) as another loss would have severely damaged their playoff hopes.

“Our kids knew this was a big game,” Bowie coach Jeff Ables said, “so it’s a huge win. We had a good game plan and the kids executed it well.”

The plan was to feed the ball to Carter, but thanks to Lord, Bowie had a 7-0 lead before it took an offensive snap.

After forcing an Anderson three-and-out to start the game, Lord fielded a punt at his own 38, then weaved through a few Trojans and out-sprinted everyone else to the end zone.

“Whenever I got the ball, I was just looking for the hole,” Lord said. “Originally, I was looking to the left, but then saw the hole across the sideline, and once I saw that opening I knew I was going to score. The last couple of weeks we kind of came out slow, so I think it was a big deal having that, as it got some fire under us and got us going.”

Carter took over from that point, carrying the ball 23 times to average more than 8 yards a carry. He scored from the 2-yard line late in the first, then crossed the goal line from the 25 and 18 in the third.

Tondrict Givens had 45 yards on the ground to pace Anderson (2-3, 1-2), which was held to less than 150 yards of total offense.

“The plan was to punch them in the mouth and win the game,” Carter said. “The offensive linemen set up good blocks and I thought we looked good tonight overall. We have an off week next week, but hopefully we can keep things going after that.”