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Friday, August 31, 2018

Bowie State Shows Grit in 40-23 Season Opening Loss to Wagner College

Staten Island, N.Y. – Senior quarterback Amir Hall (Bowie, Md.) completed 28-of-42 passes for 348 yards and rushed for a team-high 65 yards but the Bulldogs fall 40-23 to Division I (FCS) Wagner College in the season opener for both teams on Thursday (8/30) night at Hameline Field.

Senior wide receiver Lansana Sesay (Bowie, Md.)  recorded four receptions for a team-high 89 yards while redshirt senior Gilbert Lunsford (Upper Marlboro, Md.) added eight receptions for 86 yards. Senior Maurice Williams (Baltimore, Md.) led Bowie State in All-Purpose Yards with 171 (136 Kick Return Yards, 26 reception yards and nine rushing yards.

On the defensive side of the ball, juniors John Johnson, IV (Washington, D.C.) and Taylor Johnson (Washington, D.C.) tallied seven and six tackles respectively. 

An early personal foul penalty against the Bulldogs came back to hurt Bowie State, as Wagner quarterback Luke Massei completed a 55-yard touchdown pass to Denzel Knight for the first points of the season. Eric Silvester added the extra point and the Seahawks led 7-0 at the 13:18 mark of the opening quarter.

The Wagner Seahawks score again quickly via a blocked punt with Wagner’s Cameron Gill doing the damage and returning the block for a 28-yard touchdown to push the lead to 14-0. A 22-yard field goal at the 5:22 mark of the first quarter by Silver extending the Wagner lead to 17-0.

Bowie State junior kicker Gene Carson (Accokeek, Md.) booted a 33-yard field goal at the 2:04 mark for the Bulldogs first points of the evening and carried a 17-3 deficit into the second quarter.

A four-yard touchdown run by Wagner’s Ryan Fulse at the 11:22 mark of the second quarter followed by Silvester’s PAT gave the Seahawks a 24-3 advantage.

Another huge defensive lapse haunts Bowie State early in the second quarter as Fulse rumbles 77-yards for six and the 31-3 cushion with 8:26 left in the second quarter.

Hall busted a 57-yard rush that led to a 13-yard receiving touchdown to redshirt junior Deron Smith (Bowie, Md.) to cut the Bowie State deficit to 31-10 with 6:21 remaining in the first half. Carson closed the first half with a 42-yard field goal to send the Bulldogs into halftime trailing 31-13.

A huge 50-yard second half kickoff return by Bowie State Williams gave the Bulldogs a shot in the arm that led to a 14-yard Hall to senior Lansana Sesay (Bowie, Md.) pass, catch and score to trim the Wagner Seahawks’ lead down to 31-20 at the 12:42 mark of the third quarter.

Thanks to an interception by Bowie State senior Roger Richardson (Glenn Dale, Md.) the Bulldogs added a Carson 20-yard field at the 14:44 mark to narrow the Wagner lead to 31-23.

Fulse busts another 77-yard touchdown on Wagner’s next possession to give the Seahawks some breathing room at 38-23 at the 13:52 mark of the final quarter.
The Seahawks added a safety with 7:37 left in the game to account for the final score.

Wagner was paced offensively by Fulse with a game-high 271 rushing yards and three touchdowns. Knight was the Seahawks leading receiver with 101 reception yards on just two catches.

In terms of team stats, Bowie State outgained Wagner 456 to 415 and held a 32:54 to 27:06 possession time advantage. Penalties were a negative stat as the Bulldogs were penalized 15 times for 131 yards.

The Bulldogs will hit the road again in its next non-conference outing, making a trek over to Phillippi, W.Va. to face Alderson Broaddus at noon in the Battlers Multi-Purpose Performance Stadium.

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