BSU Bulldogs Off to a Slow Start
By Clarence Conaway
In the first home game of the season, the Bowie State Bulldogs looked to bounce back after a season opening road lost to Slippery Rock. However, before the Bulldogs could get back on track, they would first have to get passed the Rams of Shepherd University. The settings were near perfect, as it was a sunny Saturday afternoon with over 1,800 in attendance.
The Bulldogs got off to a fast start as James Proctor took the opening kick off 98 yards for a touchdown. Early on it seemed as if the Bulldogs might run away with the game. However, not to much later the Bulldogs would give away 2 points off of a bad snap on a punt attempt. Then the Rams would go on 66 yard scoring drive and take a 9-7 lead.
At this point the crowd was a little quite, but the Bulldogs would battle back. Lead by quarterback Andre Johnson the Bulldogs would go on a 78 yard scoring drive capped off with a 1 yard quarterback sneak. Johnson had a good game completing 11-18 passes for 115 yards; he would also rush for 53 yards. The ground game would also serve well for the Bulldogs as running back Rodney Webb would gain 105 yards and get into the end zone.
As the game reached halftime it seemed as if the game was well in-hand with the Bulldogs having a 20-9 lead. Unfortunately the Rams had other plans and would rally to score 12 points in the 3rd quarter taking a 1 point lead into 4th. It was then in the fourth that the Bulldog defense would turn things back up to where they were in the first half, the charge was lead by linebacker Delano Johnson who had 5 tackles (2.5 of them for a loss), a fumble recovery and the game sealing interception.
After a 3rd quarter rush the Rams would not score another point in the game and it would be a 42 yard field goal by Michael Gagne with just over 7 minutes left that would put the Bulldogs up for good.
The Bulldogs go into next weekends game against Fayetteville State at 1-1, come on out and support the Bulldogs at home at 1pm.