The battle of the best historically Black university football teams in Maryland kicked off in Baltimore on September 4 as the Morgan State Bears hosted the Bowie State Bulldogs at Hughes Stadium.
Bowie State travels to Baltimore to face Morgan State once every year and has beaten the home team in their last three visits. But this time around, Morgan made sure Bowie went home losers.
MSU specialist Kemar Scarlett set a new school record by booting four field goals to help his team edge Bowie State, 14-7, and earn their first season-opening win since 2007.
Scarlett, who is in the running to be named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Specialist Player of the Week, connected on a 46-yard field goal, a distance many professionals have difficulties with.
“Anytime you have a kicker making 50-yard field goals, it makes it easier for the offense and brings the opportunity for points,” MSU head coach Donald Hill-Eley said. “It’s good to be able to have a guy that you know from 35 and sometimes 40 yards away, he’s going to make the play for you.”
But Scarlett isn’t the lone reason behind Morgan State’s success. They also dominated on defense, holding Bowie State to just one touchdown and only 73 total yards on offense. Bowie State couldn’t find anywhere to run, rushing for negative-33 yards in the game.
Bowie State’s offensive struggles may have been due to the loss of their starting quarterback Tyrae Reid who, according to The Baltimore Sun, was ejected from the game in the second quarter after Morgan recovered a fumble and a skirmish broke out on the field.
Meanwhile, MSU quarterback Donovan Dickerson made his starting debut by completing 16-of-32 passes for 109 yards. Morgan’s Allen Stephens and Brian Saunders led the team with six tackles each, helping the defensive unit record four sacks and three interceptions.
Morgan State (1-0) will see its next action on September 11 as they head to College Park to face the University of Maryland Terps at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.