The Eleanor Roosevelt and Bowie high school football teams both had sluggish starts Monday afternoon, but Roosevelt clearly had the stronger finish, as the Raiders pulled way to beat Bowie, 35-7, in Greenbelt.
Roosevelt (2-0) controlled much of the first half but only had a 14-7 lead to show for it at halftime. The Raiders squandered one chance to score when senior quarterback Shawn Petty fumbled short of the goal line, and later the Raiders turned the ball over on downs deep in Bowie territory. Bowie (1-1), which lost a fumble on the game’s first offensive play, later capitalized on a short Roosevelt kickoff when quarterback Keonne Clayborne connected with wide receiver Mike Giles on a 34-yard scoring strike.
But the highlights were few and far between the for Bulldogs in the second half, when Bowie managed only one first down.
Penalties and mistakes mounted and proved costly. Late in the fourth quarter, after a Roosevelt touchdown, one Bowie player removed his helmet and slammed it to the ground during a shouting match with a teammate as frustrations boiled over. It was not the ending first-year coach Terry Hayes had envisioned, but there were a number of mistakes that he deemed easily correctable.
“We have to avoid the mistakes,” said Hayes, whose team cruised to a 41-0 win against Oxon Hill last week. “I think we had 200 yards in penalties. We had 105 [penalty yards] against Oxon Hill and we got away with that. But you can’t make those types of mistakes against a team like Roosevelt.”
And while Hayes was happy with the intensity level, the team made too many mental errors.
“We’ll work on those this week and get ready for Laurel next week,” he said. “We’re not going to give up the season because of one loss. We can bounce back from this.”
Roosevelt coach Tom Green acknowledged his team started slowly Monday, but during the second half, the Raiders executed much more crisply.
Petty shook off the early fumble and led the Raiders on three scoring drives in the fourth quarter. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound University of Maryland recruit ran for a touchdown, then hit Jermaine Boykins for a 23-yard touchdown pass and connected with Tamlin Antoine for an 8-yard score.
Antoine also gave the Raiders and added dimension by connecting on three extra point attempts. Boykins’ touchdown was a nifty catch-and-run that saw him juke his way past a Bowie defender around the 10-yard line.
“We were a little sluggish as the start, but we played much better in the second half,” Green said. “Shawn makes a lot of plays for us, both with his arm and with his feet. We have to do a better job of protecting him. Jermaine [Boykins] does a lot of things for us. We expect him to make plays.”
Bowie turned the ball over on the first play from scrimmage, and Roosevelt appeared to capitalize. But Petty fumbled near the goal line, and the Bulldogs recovered in the end zone for a touchback.
The Raiders responded with a 13-play, 58-yard drive that lasted more than seven minutes and ended with a 1-yard scoring run by Petty, who also added the two-point conversion.
Bowie promptly responded by going 50 yards in only three plays, and the Bulldogs also took advantage of a late hit penalty against the Raiders during the drive. Clayborne connected with Giles on a 34-yard sideline pattern for a touchdown and Nathan Wilson added the extra point. But that was the last highlight of the afternoon for the Bulldogs.
Roosevelt immediately responded with a drive that ended on a 48-yard touchdown run by Boykins. The teams played a scoreless third quarter before the Raiders broke the game open with three touchdowns in the fourth.
Eleanor Roosevelt 35, Bowie 7
Bowie (1-1) 0 7 0 0 -- 7
Eleanor Roosevelt (2-0) 0 14 0 21 -- 35
ER: Petty 1 run (Petty run)
B: Giles 34 pass from Clayborne (Wilson kick)
ER: Boykins 48 run (run stopped)
ER: Petty 1 run (Antoine kick)
ER: Boykins 23 pass from Petty (Antoine kick)
ER: Antoine 8 pass from Petty (Antoine kick)
Rushing -- B: Johnson 5-16. ER: Petty 13-33, Cummings 8-56, Boykins 4-56
Passing -- B: Clayborne 3-11-1-48; Petty 6-11-0-105
Receiving -- B: Giles 1-34, Goode 2-14. ER: Boykins 3-45