Here’s how dominant the first half of Saturday night’s 51-14 victory was for Henry A. Wise High School’s football team. And, conversely, how deflating it was for Bowie.
On the second play from scrimmage, Bowie senior running back Nathan Wilson sprinted through Wise’s defense for a 73-yard touchdown run. He electrified the Bowie supporters in a standing-room-only crowd and was the first player to score against Wise in three-plus games this season.
Wilson ended up finishing the half with 27 yards rushing.
Apparently, Wise’s defense didn’t take too kindly to being scored upon.
Meanwhile, Wilson’s counterpart in the Pumas’ backfield -- senior Chase Powell -- scored a whopping six touchdowns and gained 211 yards on 19 carries in the blowout victory.
Saturday night’s contest was the second game of the Prince George’s County Pigskin Classic at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex and again provided Wise (4-0) a chance to prove it’s the class of the county.
“It definitely gave us a big boost,” Wise senior linebacker Myles Humphrey said of the defense allowing points for the first time in 2012. “We came in and we thought this was going to be an easy shutout. But off that first score, that put us back to reality. Nobody’s just going to roll over.”
Powell scored on touchdown runs of 1, 10, 23, 56, 5 and 79 yards. His final carry, an off-tackle burst to the near sideline, put him above the 200-yard mark.
“My lead blocker got blown up a little bit [on the final run], but it was all good. I just went the other way. Did what I had to do,” Powell said.
Powell’s memorable night -- he said that before this game he felt like he hadn’t been playing up to his potential this year -- was bolstered by a dominant defensive effort, despite the fact that Wise allowed two touchdowns.
After Wilson’s initial run, Bowie (1-3) struggled to gain much yardage on the ground and Wise’s defensive line constantly soared into the backfield. The Bulldogs finished with 7 total rushing yards, but that number is skewed slightly because of two snaps on punt attempts that eluded Wilson and went for big losses. Wise defensive end Marcellus Adams and Humphrey were particularly effective at penetrating Bowie’s line.
The lack of a running game left Bowie sophomore quarterback Jordan Green and the coaching staff little choice but to throw the ball. Green finished with 168 passing yards on 23 attempts, but also -31 rushing yards. Conversely, Wise quarterback Isaiah Black was a perfect 7 for 7, albeit for only 43 yards.
“We weren’t worried about somebody scoring on us. Everybody’s talking about ‘Could you be scored on?’ All we’re worried about is wins and losses,” Wise coach DaLawn Parrish said. “I like the way my kids responded.”
The Pumas now have outscored their opponents 166-14 through four games this season.
Henry A. Wise 51, Bowie 14
Henry A. Wise (4-0) 8 22 7 14 — 51
Bowie (1-3) 7 0 0 7 — 14
B — Nathan Wilson 73 run (Derek Goode kick), 11:01
W — Chase Powell 1 run (Micah Till pass from Dushon David), 0:00
W — Chase Powell 10 run (Delanta Yancey kick), 9:11
W — Chase Powell 23 run (Myles Humphrey pass from Dushon David), 7:21
W — Chase Powell 56 run (Delanta Yancey kick), 4:17
W — Franklin Porter 5 run (Delanta Yancey kick), 8:35
B — Matthew Phillips 30 pass from Jordan Green (Derek Goode kick), 9:49
W — Chase Powell 5 run (Delanta Yancey kick), 6:24
W — Chase Powell 79 run (Delanta Yancey kick), 4:11
Wise — Chase Powell 19-211, Franklin Porter 5-54, Kenneth Kelow 2-15, Isaiah Black 5-(-7)
Bowie — Nathan Wilson 14-35, Raevon Brown 2-1, Josh Scales 1-1, Shomari Stewart 1-1, Jordan Green 13-(-31)
Wise — Isaiah Black 7-7-43-0
Bowie — Jordan Green 11-23-1-168
Wise — Anfernee Perry 4-29, Benjamin Robinson 1-15, Kenneth Kelow 1-2, Chase Powell 1-(-3)
Bowie — Mohamed Roberts 3-68, Matthew Phillips 4-61, Derek Goode 4-39