The Bowie State Bulldogs kicked off its season this past weekend, unfortunately, in losing fashion. Despite opportunities to win Saturday’s season opener, the Bulldogs fell, 20-14, to Seton Hill.
Bowie State had six red zone possessions, with four coming in the first 30 minutes of the game. But as Bowie State coach Damon Wilson suggested, you can’t win when you don’t convert on red zone opportunities and Bowie State didn’t.
“Simply put, they (Seton Hill) made plays and we didn’t,” said Coach Wilson, who is serving his second year as the Bulldogs’ head coach. “We had six red zone opportunities but converted only one and our special teams play was also an issue.”
Seton Hill got on the board thanks in large part to a botch snap that gave them the ball on the BSU 7-yard line. With a 4-yard run from R.J. Butler, the Bulldogs would find themselves down, 7-0, early in the first quarter. BSU junior Michael Gagne missed a 20-yard field goal not long after a 7-play, 46-yard Seton Hill drive that put the Bulldogs down, 14-0, before the second quarter arrived.
The Bulldogs tried to fight back as sophomore Ramono Flowers of Largo, Md., scored a 2-yard touchdown run to cut the score to 14-7 in the third quarter. Bowie State scored again with just seven minutes left in the game. But it was simply too late to complete the comeback.
Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Tyrae Reid, Jr., Baltimore native out of Polytechnic High School, led his team with 11-of-14 passes for a game-high 170 yards. Meanwhile, junior Delano Johnson led the Bulldogs with14 tackles.
Bowie State will try to earn its first win on Sept. 4 when the Bulldogs travel to Baltimore to face Morgan State University at Hughes Stadium.