Bulldogs Trash Tigers 14-0
By Jamal A. Henderson
The BSU Bulldogs won what amounted to a "Mud Bowl" homecoming shutout over the Tigers of Saint Paul's College. The victory moves Bowie State that much closer to claiming the CIAA Eastern Division crown and keeps the Bulldogs unbeaten in the conference at 5-0 (5-2 overall).
It was a cold, muddy, rainy afternoon and neither team could produce very much offensively. After a scoreless first quarter, Bowie State sophomore Kenneth Turner (Oxon Hill, Md., Oxon Hill) answered the first bell with an interception from quarterback Alwan Lee and returned it 37 yards for the Bulldogs first quick six. Sophomore Michael Gagne (Baltimore, Parkville) added the extra point and Bowie State led 7-0 at the 14:49 mark of the second quarter.
The first half of play was nothing more then bloopers that featured seven fumbles and three interceptions. Either team couldn't find the grip of the football or its thrown right into the defense every other possession. Of the fumbles, Saint Paul's let the slippery pigskin get away two times (losing one) and Bowie State coughed it up five times (losing four). Turner also had Bowie State's two other first half interceptions as well. Bowie State senior Larry Dixon, Jr. (Baltimore, Dunbar, Morgan State Univ.) recovered a fumble in the Tigers end zone, after freshman Ramono Flowers (Largo, Md.) rushed eight yards to the St. Paul's two yard line only two fumble but recovered. Gagne's extra point with 7:26 left in the game, gave Bowie State the final 14-0 cushion to hold off the tigers.
Juniors Sterling Grant-Jones (Baltimore, Edmondson) and Kyle Jackson (Baltimore, Edmondson) led the Bowie State defense with eight and seven tackles respectively. Sophomore Delano Johnson (Baltimore, Dunbar) had five total tackles and added one sack. Turner's three interceptions was one shy of the Bowie State single game record.
Saint Paul's (3-4,2-3 CIAA) was led on defense by Jarvis Stokes with a game-high 12 tackles to go along with one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. Bowie State's Clifton Budd (Silver Spring, Sherwood) led the Bulldogs with 54 rushing yards. Yeager was second on the team in rushing with 38 yards and completed just two-of-four passes for 20 yards. Flowers caught one of those passes for 12 yards and redshirt sophomore Tariq Jones (Baltimore, Edmondson) caught the other.
Bowie State will return to action Oct. 24 for a nationally televised broadcast at Virginia Union University for the Panthers homecoming. Kickoff time from Virginia Union's Hovey Field is 1 p.m.