BOWIE – The Bowie State University football team made the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll for the first time ever last week. After that, the Bulldogs showed why they deserved the ranking. Bowie State crushed Shaw University 76-7 in the team’s home opener on Saturday. The offensive output is tied […]
BOWIE – The Bowie State University football team made the American Football Coaches Association Division II Coaches’ Top 25 poll for the first time ever last week. After that, the Bulldogs showed why they deserved the ranking.
Bowie State crushed Shaw University 76-7 in the team’s home opener on Saturday. The offensive output is tied for the second-highest number of points the Bulldogs have scored in a game.
Quarterback Amir Hall completed 22-of-33 for 420 yards and tied his own school record with six touchdowns and completed passes to 12 different receivers.
The Bulldogs (4-0) received plenty of help on the ground as Robert Chesson (124) and Maurice Williams (101) combined for 225 yards. Overall, the Bulldogs finished with 748 yards of total offense. In fact, 440 of those yards came in the first half, when they jumped out to a 35-0 lead after the first quarter.
Bowie State’s Lansana Sesay topped the team with 129 yards receiving on just two catches. Kerrick Pollock added a team-best five catches for 89 yards.
The defense also helped, posting a season-best five sacks against an overmatched Shaw team. Derrick Tate led the team with eight tackles.
Bowie State goes back on the road this week as it heads to Fayetteville State (N.C.) on Saturday at 1 p.m. The game will be played at Luther “Nick” Geralds Stadium.
Four of the team’s first five games have been on the road, making the 4-0 start even more impressive.
Franklin, Morgan State both score
The Morgan State University offense struggled so badly at the start of this football season that the team did not score a point in the first three games.
The Bears found the end zone twice in a 49-17 loss to North Carolina A&T on Saturday with one of the touchdowns coming from Prince George’s County native Jai Franklin, who plays on defense.
Franklin picked up a loose ball after a strip sack in the fourth quarter and rumbled 41 yards for a touchdown. The 17 points did not make the Bears feel great after losing and falling to 0-4, but Franklin said at least they’re starting to score.
The Bears finally broke their scoring drought on a touchdown pass early in the third quarter, and Franklin added his touchdown in the fourth after the game had been long decided. Still, the former Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. lineman was glad to score and hopes it can be a spark for the winless Bears, who get a bye this week.
“I got one too, but I want that ‘W’ even more,” Franklin said. “Not scoring any points the first three games, it was just hard to get our confidence. But now that we’ve got our confidence, I feel like we can hit the (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) swinging and really win some games.”
Navy runs past Cinci
The high-powered Navy ground game ran past Cincinnati last weekend, piling up 569 yards rushing in a 42-32 victory over the Bearcats in an American Athletic Conference match-up.
Quarterback Zach Abey rushed for 128 of those yards himself as Navy improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference.
It is the second-highest rushing total in Navy history, right behind the record the Midshipmen set against North Texas 10 years ago. Navy plays at Tulsa on Saturday.