Taking Care of Business
Bulldogs Tame Lincoln Lions
By Jamal A. Henderson
The Bowie State Bulldogs (4-2, 3-0 CIAA) took care of business Oct. 3 beating the Lincoln Lions (3-3) on the road 51-20. The bulldogs accumulated 412 yards total offensive but 261 of the yards came from the ground led by Ramono Flowers (Largo, Md.) with 102 yards on just six carries.
Bowie State entered the game with the CIAA's best rushing attack rushing nearly 200 yards per contest. In the first half the Lions put up a good seesaw battle lead by true freshman quarterback Laquan Williams (Philadelphia) who was 24-44 for 214 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in his third start. Anthony Wilson (Philadelphia) caught three catches for 74 yards on two touchdown receptions while the Georgia native Trey Thomas threw one for six points, rushed for 19 and caught 11 passes for 78 yards.
Things started off rather quickly for the Lions after a force fumble from the CIAA's leading rusher Rodney Webb to set up a 14 yard pitch and catch from Williams to Matthew Coston (Brooklyn, N.Y.) for one of his four catches for 45 yards. Bowie State answered back capitalizing on an errant Lion's punt attempt which set up a 15 yards screen pass received by Webb for a quick six. Bowie held on to a slim lead of 7-6 until the Lions would go up again with another score pulling a" the rabbit of the hat" trick play from Thomas to fellow wide-out Wilson for a 57 yard touchdown pass.
The Bulldogs got right down to business scoring 20 unanswered points lead by Tyrae Reid,Jr. (Baltimore, Baltimore Polytechnic) to Larry Dixon Jr. (Baltimore, Dunbar, Morgan State Univ.) and Clifton Budd also a one yard run by Reid made it 27-12 at the first half. The Bulldogs kept the outing alive serving up a 60-yard touchdown run by Budd to increase the lead even more.
It was 37-12 after a Bowie field goal in the third but Williams from Lincoln kept his poise throwing a 5 yard pass to Wilson to make it a 17 point contest 37-20 in the fourth. However the Bulldogs shut the door on the Lions after a Seth Minter's 38 yard- kick off return and a 1 yard touchdown by Tariq Jones (Baltimore, Edmondson) to give them the 51-20 edge.
The Bulldogs defense was furious holding the lions to a minus 31 yards rushing attack. Bowie's own Juniors Terence Peete Jr. (Memphis, Northwest) and Kyle Jackson (Baltimore, Edmondson) with seven tackles each. Peete was stellar with one tackle for a loss of 21 yards and an interception return for 25 yards.