SALEM – The Bowie State University football team has finally won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Championship in its third attempt over the past four seasons after topping Fayetteville State, 30-10, to notch its first conference title in program history.
Quarterback Amir Hall went 15-for-26 passing for 180 yards, scored a touchdown and threw an interception. Unlike past games throughout his career, the senior quarterback distinguished himself as the premier rusher of the afternoon, totaling 14 carries for 138 yards and three rushing touchdowns – including an 80-yard scamper to the end zone late in the first half – to lead the Bulldogs (9-2) to an easy win over the Broncos (6-3) on Nov. 10 at Salem Stadium.
Running back Maurice Williams pitched in with 62 all-purpose yards to help the Bulldogs to the victory. The Bulldogs amassed 376 yards of offense while holding the Broncos to 296.
Moreover, Hall surpassed North Carolina Central’s Earl Harvey to become the CIAA’s all-time leading passer with 10,711 yards for his career [as of Nov. 10].
Bowie State Head Coach Damon Wilson said he was honored and privileged to be the first coach to win a conference title in program history and it meant even more reaching this accomplishment at his alma mater.
“I think the guys played well,” said Wilson, a former BSU tight end. “They played with a lot of energy and a lot of passion. I think the coaching staff did a great job preparing the guys to play, and they went out and executed the game plan.”
Wilson said the defense’s ability to create turnovers and the offense’s ability to capitalize on those turnovers were the keys to the sizable win over FSU.
Hall was also named CIAA Offensive Player of the Year on Nov. 9 to add to a number of other accolades, including winning The Black College Football Player of the Year in 2017, he earned during his stint at Bowie.
“It was a great, great game for him. He really executed our game plan, used his legs in the run game [and took] advantage of their passing coverage,” Wilson said of Hall’s success as a dual-threat quarterback to lead the Bulldogs to victory. “He’s a true leader, and he really led this ball club to a championship on Saturday.”
Bulldogs tight end Daryl Jasper scored on a 13-yard pass from Hall with 5:06 left in the third. Linebacker Daryll Ellison had nine tackles while defensive back Thomas Riddick recorded two tackles and an interception to lead the way defensively for the Bulldogs.
FSU, the 2017 CIAA champs, concludes its season with the loss. Quarterback Collyn Anderson completed nine-of 16 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown on a six-yard pass to receiver Brandon Person-Boyd late on the fourth.
With the win, Bowie clinches a postseason berth for the second consecutive year. The No. 4-ranked Bulldogs will host No. 5 West Alabama in the first round of the NCAA Division II Super Region 2 playoffs at Bulldog Stadium on Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. Bowie State will be the only historically black college competing in the Division II playoffs.