Finally … Bowie State University’s (BSU) six-week football road trip has ended. But unfortunately for Bowie, it ended with a defeat in the snow to the Shepherd University Rams, 38-17 Oct. 29.

Shepherd kicker Eric Dobratz put the first points on the board for the Rams with a 35-yard field goal at the 10:28 mark of the first quarter. Running back Kenny Williams punched it in from seven yards out to extend the Rams lead to 10-0 with 6:10 left in the opening quarter.

Bowie State senior quarterback Clifton Budd tiptoed around the right end for a six-yard touchdown and fellow senior Michael Gagne kicked the extra point, trimming the early deficit to 10-7.

However, William McKenzie took the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to the house, giving Shepherd a 17-7 lead.

Budd flipped a pass to junior receiver Reginald McIntyre for a seven-yard touchdown and Gagne’s extra point made the score 17-14 with 12:59 remaining in the second quarter.

Shepherd’s junior quarterback Bobby Cooper found junior tight end John Frick wide open in the back of the end zone for a one yard touchdown with 10.8 seconds left in the first half.

At the 10:26 mark of the third quarter, BSU’s Gagne drilled a 27-yard field goal, cutting the Rams lead down to 24-17.

The Rams’ Williams (93 yards on 20 carries) scored his second touchdown of the afternoon, pounding in from eight yards out with 3:49 remaining in the game to push the Shepard’s lead to 31-17.

Shepherd put the final nail in the coffin when sophomore defensive back D.J. Scott intercepted a pass from BSU junior Tyrae Reid and returned it 92 yards for a touchdown. Senior wide receiver Neil Hardee converted the extra point to wrap up the scoring at 38-17.

Budd led the Bowie State offense with 95 rushing yards on 11 carries and redshirt freshman Keith Brown carried the ball 14 times for 76 yards. McIntyre led all Bowie receivers with 18 reception yards on two catches.

Junior linebacker Bekewele Amadi led the Bulldogs defense with eight total tackles (seven solo) and senior defensive lineman Delano Johnson and senior linebacker Reginald Berry, along with sophomore defensive back Quentin Walker added five tackles each.

Senior linebacker Nic Tolson and sophomore linebacker A.J. Parrish paced the Rams with nine and eight tackles respectively.

Bowie State committed five turnovers, all interceptions, and ended the afternoon with 241 total yards on 61 plays.

The Bulldogs close out the season next Saturday, Nov. 5 hosting the Hawks of Chowan University at 1 pm. Thirteen seniors will be honored in a pre-game activity in Bulldogs Stadium beginning at 12:30 pm.


Greg Goings

Special to the AFRO