By Mark F. Gray, Staff Writer, mgray@afro.com

With the first month of college football season underway, the best team in the DMV is Bowie State, who remained undefeated after last week’s beatdown against St. Augustine’s in Prince George’s County.  Howard, didn’t garner any momentum from their victory at Delaware State, while Morgan remained winless after falling to North Carolina Central.

BSU Thumps St. Aug. 54-6

It was business as usual for Bowie; the team played the second consecutive game at home and beat a bad team from a turmoiled St. Augustine’s College. The Bulldogs’ offense played at the level of their defense, which had been carrying them all season, cruising them to a 48-point victory against a team who had just fired it’s head coach earlier that week.

Despite not playing with incumbent starter Gaston Cooper, benched on an ankle injury, BSU still posted a season-high 526 yards of total offense and held Saint Augustine’s to 186 yards, the second lowest yardage total allowed this season.

Bowie State won against St. Augustine’s in Prince George’s County; Howard lost to Delaware State, in the absence of star quarterback Caylin Newton; and Morgan lost to North Carolina Central. (Courtesy Photo)

Junior quarterback Ja’rome Johnson made an impressive first career start completing 19-of-29 passes for 307 yards and four touchdowns. The dual-threat quarterback also led the Bulldogs’ ground game by rushing for 58 yards and two touchdowns. The Bulldogs ran for 248 yards and scored three touchdowns against one of the worst teams in the CIAA.

Bowie State moved up two spots in this week’s American Football Coaches Association Poll to #20 after the win. The Bulldogs will face their first real conference test this week when they travel to Tobacco Road when they meet one of the contenders in the southern division in a nationally televised game.

NEXT:  10/5 at Winston Salem St. (Winston Salem, NC/Aspire Network)

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Howard Loses to Bethune Cookman in Home Opener

Finally Howard has added to its press box, which has been the source of much consternation for the last 20 years. But, the team couldn’t overcome a sluggish start against one of the better teams in the MEAC as Bethune Cookman held on for a 37-29 win over the Bison at Greene Stadium.

Having fallen to 1-4 with in the absence of all-American candidate Caylin Newton’s, offensively, the Bison seemed lost early in the game. But Upper Marlboro’s Quinton Williams righted the ship and gave his team a chance to win despite making his first college start with no practice with the team.

Slow getting started, Williams, who played at Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., was late delivering some passes early in the game while the defense was being gashed Wildcats quarterback Akevious Williams and running back Jimmy Robinson.  

As a team, BCU ran for 201 yards. However, Williams rallied the Bison from a 24-7 halftime deficit to within 24-21 with a TD pass to Thomas Vi and then a 12-yard scoring run at the start of the fourth quarter. Once again, the Howard defense succumbed down the stretch, putting an end to a tough 24 hours following Caylin Newton’s shocking announcement.

NEXT 10/5 at Harvard (Cambridge, Mass ESPN+) 

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Morgan Starts 0-4 After Loss To NC Central

Morgan State didn’t capitalize on early opportunities and fell 27-17 to North Carolina Central in their MEAC and home opener; and Tyrone Wheatly is still waiting for his first win.

The Bears got a huge boost from the defense, however. Devan Hebron forced a fumble; Malachi Washington recovered and raced 35 yards for a touchdown early in the third quarter. 

From there, the Eagles played like champions, scoring 14 unanswered points to seal Morgan’s fate.

NEXT 10/5 At Bethune Cookman Daytona Beach, Florida