Bowie State Loses First Game of Season to Virginia State

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Junior quarterback Amir Hall’s five touchdown passes weren’t enough for the Bowie State University Bulldogs to avoid a 47-35 loss to the Virginia State University Trojans on Oct. 14 in Ettrick, Va.

Bowie State and Virginia State were the two best teams in the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) heading into their matchup. Both teams featured explosive offenses and held undefeated records. But the Trojans (6-0, 4-0 CIAA) proved to have the more potent offense, racking up 596 yards and seven touchdowns. 

Virginia State took its first two-score lead by the end of the first quarter and never let Bowie State threaten that lead. Each time Hall and the Bulldogs scored, the Trojans responded with a touchdown of their own.

Virginia State running back Trent Cannon ran for a game-high 234 yards and a touchdown while Trojans quarterback Cordelral Cooks ran for 137 yards and three touchdowns on 17 carries of his own. Cooks completed 13 of 21 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns

Hall completed 29 of 48 passes for 281 yards and five touchdowns. Brandon Britton led Bowie State with 11 catches for 131 yards and two touchdowns.

Next: Bowie State will see more CIAA action when it hosts Virginia Union on Oct. 21 in Bowie, Md.