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Bowie State freshman quarterback Nyema Washington scored two touchdowns but the Bulldogs couldn’t hold off a fourth quarter comeback by the Winston-Salem State Rams and fell, 17-14, in the Central Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAA) championship game on Nov. 14 at Durham County Stadium in Durham, N.C.

The Bulldogs leapt out to a 14-0 lead after Washington scored two touchdowns in the second quarter. Washington first scored on a one-yard run that capped off a 20-play, 86-yard drive, and later tossed a 64-yard touchdown pass to sophomore receiver Kerrick Pollard.

Bowie State led 14-7 at halftime. But Winston-Salem tightened up tremendously on defense in the second half, holding the Bulldogs scoreless while racking up 10 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Winston-Salem (6-5 overall) kicked a game-winning field goal with only two seconds left to seal the come-from-behind victory and claim their 11th CIAA football championship, as well as the third in the last five years.

It marked only the second time in CIAA Football history that a championship game was decided by a last-minute field goal. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, they were the victims in that other game as well, falling to N.C. Central by a field goal, 26-23, in the 2005 CIAA championship.

“This was tough loss for us today, but hopefully we’ll get a chance to see these seniors play more games this year,” said Bowie State head coach Damon Wilson. Despite losing, the Bulldogs (9-2 overall) entered the CIAA title game ranked No. 2 in the Super Region I poll and could still gain a seed in the NCAA Division II Football Playoff tournament.