BOWIE – The cross-town rivalry between the Bowie Bulldogs and the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders was a hard hitting affair. The Raiders opened the 2015 installment of the rivalry with a 33-24 victory over the Bulldogs in a game where the rushing attack reigned supreme. The Raiders were determined to make a statement early and often […]
BOWIE – The cross-town rivalry between the Bowie Bulldogs and the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders was a hard hitting affair.
The Raiders opened the 2015 installment of the rivalry with a 33-24 victory over the Bulldogs in a game where the rushing attack reigned supreme. The Raiders were determined to make a statement early and often against their unbeaten rivals, and they did just that by forcing numerous turnovers and pounding the rock early and often.
Just under three minutes into the game, senior split back Bob Okoroajuzie broke a 60-yard run to put his Roosevelt up 7-0. Okoroajuzie finished the game with 78 yards on four carries, but his three other rushes were able to help out by moving the chains.
“I believe we did good overall, even though we only scored once after halftime,” Okoroajuzie said. “I think we need to improve on our red zone offense. But as for my touchdown, I’m happy. There was some good blocking and I just made the right read and we scored.”
Junior running back Karl Mofor was an absolute workhorse for Roosevelt. Mofor finished the game with 30 carries for 111 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Mofor showed his versatility with a defensive touchdown on a fumble return. As the game wore on, his opponents wore down. He continuously imposed his will against the Bowie defense while draining down the clock at the same time.
“I think I had a pretty good game overall. I was playing both sides, scored three touchdowns and contributed,” Mofor said after his dominant performance. “Every touch I get Coach Green says I have to ‘man up.’ I want to go D1 and play running back, so I have to finish out games strong and get stronger as the game goes on. Our coaches do a good job of conditioning us to help us get stronger throughout the game.
“The rivalry win is big because everyone from Rose and Bowie knows each other and we’ve been going back and forth on social media. To shut them up on their home field is amazing.”
Roosevelt’s worst field position of the night came on its final drive when it started from its own 30-yard-line. Otherwise, the Raiders consistently played on the Bulldogs’ half of the field. Five of Roosevelt’s drives started inside Bowie territory, three of which began inside the 30. The other two were from the 39 and 49-yard-lines respectively. The three others started at midfield. Field position helped lift Roosevelt down the stretch.
By halftime, the lead was nearly insurmountable for Bowie as it was down 27-6. Nevertheless, the Bulldogs never gave up and managed to make the score look far more respectable than it appeared. Bowie’s desire to never quit led to three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, but only after Roosevelt had taken its foot off the gas.
Bowie quarterback Jason Epps scored three rushing touchdowns in the game’s final quarter, but it was a case of “too little too late” after the punishing running style of Mofor. Mofor and company helped the Raiders kill the majority of the second half clock.
“We ended up holding them off, but we should have just finished them. We’re a young team. I graduated 35 seniors,” said Roosevelt Head Coach Thomas Green. “But we’re sitting at 5-1 so I’m happy and I can’t complain. My goal for this team is to get to the playoffs and see what happens.”
Playoffs are a real possibility for both teams if they can finish the season as strong as they have started. Both Roosevelt and Bowie are 5-1 overall, but Roosevelt remains unbeaten in conference play.
Roosevelt 7 20 0 6 – 33
Bowie 0 6 0 18 – 24
R – Bob Okoroajuzie 60-yard touchdown run, 7-0
R – Karl Mofor 1-yard touchdown run, 13-0
R – Karl Mofor 18-yard fumble return, 21-0
B – Jason Epps 8-yard touchdown pass to Marvin Ransom, 21-6
R – Teyon Lewis 12-yard touchdown run, 27-6
B – Jason Epps 1-yard touchdown run, 27-12
R – Karl Mofor 6-yard touchdown run, 33-12
B – Jason Epps 1-yard touchdown run, 33-24