BOWIE – The Bowie State University football team continued its unbeaten ways, amassing a season-high 569 yards on offense, to throttle Chowan University 64-17 in its Homecoming game on Oct. 12.
For the Bulldogs (6-0), the victory was personal as Chowan was the only Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) team to beat them last year. Coming into the game, Bowie State was voted as the No. 18 in the nation and looked for junior quarterback Ja’rome Johnson to continue progressing forward on offense in what was also the Bulldogs’ conference opener.
The 6-foot-1, Washington, D.C. native did not disappoint as he contributed 290 total yards of offense through the air and on the ground, as well as scored six touchdowns. Junior running back Calil Wilkins backed his quarterback up with 123 scrimmage yards and a touchdown.
However, it would be Chowan (1-5) who took an early 10-3 lead after a 5-yard touchdown run from junior quarterback Bryce Witt and a 23-yard field goal after a Connor O’Brien interception.
Bowie State bounced back in the second quarter, scoring 27 unanswered points, starting with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to freshman wide receiver Victor Olayinka.
The running back core of Wilkins and redshirt senior Adam Gillis followed up with two consecutive touchdowns that gave the Bulldogs a 23-10 lead. With only seconds remaining before halftime, Johnson found redshirt senior Geordan Clark in the end zone for a 3-yard touchdown to expand their advantage by 20 points.
Johnson continued his impressive ground game by scoring three rushing touchdowns in the second half, including a 57-yard highlight-reel quarterback run to create a 43-10 lead. The junior finished with 193 rushing yards.
The Chowan offense could barely muster a response, turning the ball over three times on a pair of fumbles and an interception. The Hawks did find the end zone late when running back Deshaun Wethington found running room for a 43-yard touchdown carry.
Bowie State will travel to take on Virginia State University on Oct. 19 before returning home to face Virginia Union University on Oct. 26.