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Bowie State football readies for Saint Augustine’s

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Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie State quarterback Jared Johnston.

Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie State quarterback Jared Johnston.

Published on: Friday, September 27, 2013

By Daniel Kucin Jr.

Bowie State’s football program suffered a crushing loss against Johnson C. Smith University 58-41 on Sept.14.

But, the Bulldogs bounced back with a 16-10 victory over Concord University in the team’s home opener last week. Bowie State handed Concord its first loss of the season as the Bulldogs improved their record to 2-1 going into the match-up against Saint Augustine’s on Saturday.

Redshirt junior and former Suitland High standout Keith Brown led the charge with 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Bowie State quarterback Jared Johnston has had a tough time this season statistically. That poses a cause for concern. Johnston only completed five passes for 42 yards and threw an interception against Concord.

Bowie State will need to have a balanced attack in order to pull away with another home victory. Despite losing the battle of first downs and total yards against Concord, the Bulldogs leaned on their solid defensive efforts to pull through in a nail biter. Antoine Young led Bowie State with 14 tackles, and Laurel native Curtis Pumphrey accounted for eight tackles.

Saint Augustine’s University comes into this weekend’s match with a 1-2 record, but also with talented and gifted athletes. The Falcons won their home opener in their last contest against Stillman College on Saturday by the score of 35-7 in Raleigh, N.C.

Bowie State will have to try to contain running back Jovontae Thurma, who averaged more than six yards per carry against Stillman. The Bulldogs will also have to stop two wide receiving threats in Brian Richards and Herman Reaves.

If Bowie State plays solid defense and manages to throw the ball effectively, the Bulldogs should have a good chance to win their second-straight game of the season. So far, the Bulldogs have hung their hat on consistent play on the defensive side of the ball, but there will have to be a total team effort in order to pull away from a formidable opponent.

“We gotta be ready,” said Saint Augustine University Head Coach Michael Costa. “Bowie (State) is going to be ready because they are at home. We have to make sure we do what we are supposed to do.”

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