Bulldogs Cruise over Livingstone
By Maurice Berry
The Bowie State University football team has been frustrated over the past three weeks. The offense has struggled to produce points and the defense has not played to its star ability. You combine that with turnovers and missed plays the result is an 0-3 start to the season, but on Sept. 18 the Bulldogs made it 1-3 with a 55-6 beating of the Livingstone Bears. The Bulldogs racked up 207 yards on the ground and 323 yards in total offense in what was their best performance of the season. The defense looked like it's returning to its smack-you-in-the-face style defense that has made them one of the best in the CIAA and Division 2. They had only scored 28 points in the first three games of the season; they almost doubled that in one game.
Quarterback Clifton Budd led the team, going 8-15 for 106 yards passing with four touchdowns. The Bulldogs got out to an early 14-0 lead and the bears won't score in the first quarter, but did in the second quarter. The Bears missed the extra point and the score would be 14-6. From there the Bulldogs defense said no more. The Bulldogs went into the half with a 27-6 lead and would increase the lead right from the second half kickoff, with James Proctor, (Capital Heights, Md., Suitland) 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Gagne converted the extra point, extending the Bulldogs lead to 34-6. The Bulldogs led 48-6 going into the fourth quarter. The defense only gave up 144 yards of total offense, with only 21 of those yards coming on the ground. Hopefully this is the beginning of a run for the Bulldogs, who have built momentum going into their first home game of the season against the Virginia Union Panthers on Sept. 25. This will also be Bowie State's first game on its new field turf. The Bulldogs are now 1-3, 1-0 in the CIAA.