Monday, December 09, 2013 4:26 PM
Photo by Daniel Kucin Jr. Bowie quarterback Jordan Green threw 170 yards and two
Published on: Wednesday, October 09, 2013
By Daniel Kucin Jr.
After taking down defending state champion — the Wise Pumas — in their previous contest, Bowie’s football team earned another key victory against a tough divisional rival on Saturday.
Bowie defeated the Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders 13-6 in a pivotal match, making the Bulldogs a serious playoff contender.
The Bulldogs made enough plays to capture their third win this season.
Roosevelt running back Mike Mofor suffered an injury after taking a hard hit from a Bowie defender that took him out of the game. Roosevelt’s Carlson Teke was deceptively successful on the ground with 101 yards rushing on 12 carries.
“It is a disappointment, but they played a good game,” Roosevelt Head Coach Thomas Green said. “What a game. ... They have a good team and they fought and did a good job. Mofor couldn’t run on it, so we couldn’t risk it because he was gimpy and we tried to re-tape it. It was unfortunate.”
However, turnovers were the biggest problem that the Raiders faced on their home turf, which turned the tide of the game. Every time the offense moved the ball into Bowie’s territory or in the red zone, the ball seemed to find itself on the dirt. Nevertheless, Roosevelt drew first blood in the first quarter when Jaharr Johnson scampered into the end zone on a eight-yard touchdown run. However, the extra point try was no good 6-0.
Unfortunately, it was tough sledding from that point on for the Raiders. Bowie quarterback Jordan Green was efficient under center and made big throws down field. Green finished the game with 170 yards passing and two touchdowns. One of which was to Mohamed Roberts in the third quarter.
Trailing by six points with their backs against the wall, Green threw a five-yard dart through the heart of Roosevelt’s defense to tie the game. After a successful point after attempt, Bowie took the lead and never looked back.
Roberts was Green’s go-to receiver for the majority of the game. Roberts could have gotten upset with the referee’s decision after being called out of bounds in the first half, after catching a sure fire touchdown in the back of the end zone, but he held his composure. In doing so, he made the biggest play of the game in the fourth quarter to give his team some cushion.
With just over 11 minutes left in the fourth quarter, Roberts hauled in a 10-yard touchdown pass from Green to put the last points on the board 13-6. Roosevelt tried to mount a comeback with just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter. At the 10 yard-line, Teke threw an ill-advised pass to Bowie defensive back Issa Conteh Jr. to seal the game for the Bulldogs.
“This game I was fully tuned in,” Roberts said. “It is all about consistency and faith in our teammates. ... We push each other each day at practice. Our defense stopped them and our offense was clicking and I was able to focus in and catch the touchdowns.”