Lessons Learned by Bulldogs in Blowout Win Over Oxon Hill
The Bowie Bulldogs had excellent ball distribution in their large-margin victory over Oxon Hill.
The Bowie Bulldogs had no shortage of offense on Saturday, rebounding from a loss in their last matchup with Flowers High School, to take a commanding win over the Oxon Hill Clippers. With a final score of 44-6, and with the Bulldogs scoring 24 points in the third quarter alone, it was an exciting game for Bowie High fans.
The Bulldogs were able to distribute the ball extremely well, with all six of their touchdowns coming from different players, including a 30-yard interception return by James Johnson. The Bulldogs racked up three touchdowns on the ground, and quarterback Jordan Maslanik connected with Junior Jeremiah Hendy for his only passing touchdown on the day.
Bowie's first touchdown came after a long incomplete pass from Maslanik intended for Derrick Goode drew a pass interference call on Oxon Hill, giving the Bulldogs decent field position. Bowie then scored on a 30-yard run from Ronald Smith, who had a total 55 yards on his three carries of the game. After the kick-off, the Bulldogs Alex Robinson came up big with a sack on Oxon Hill quarterback Quinton Green, holding their offense stagnant and giving the Bulldogs a 7-0 lead through the first quarter.
The second quarter was also low-scoring, with the Bulldogs only tacking on an additional six points on a 1-yard run from James Holley, who had totaled 125 rushing yards on 13 carries; also scoring his third touchdown of the season.
The Clippers were finally able to get some points on the board early in the second half with a huge touchdown pass from Quinton Green to Valshawn Wallace, putting six up for the Clippers before missing the extra point. The Bulldogs replied in a big way, first with the game's only field goal, a 30-yard kick by Ben Holmes, followed by a touchdown return from Johnson's interception on defense, his second pick of the game.
The Bulldogs didn't lose any steam with a strong run by James "Jimbo" Holley that set up quarterback Maslanik to connect with Jeremiah Hendy for 9 yards and the touchdown, putting the Bulldogs up 30-6 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.
Oxon Hill's next drive was stopped short after a fumble that was recovered by Junior Alex Robinson. As Bowie went the other way and had a favorable pass interference call, they found themselves with a first-and-goal. The third quarter ended with Sophomore Nick Wilson running in a 2-yard touchdown, putting the Bulldogs up 37-6.
By the fourth quarter the Clippers had almost no chance of a comeback. The Bulldog's Clarence Jones managed to convert a 5-yard touchdown run, rounding out Bowie's scoring for the day and giving the final result of 44-6.
Quarterback Jordan Maslanik praised his teammates saying the "offensive line did great, running backs were running hard, receivers were getting open, everybody played great, even the defense." He is looking forward to some tough competition in the Bulldogs upcoming schedule. "Hopefully we can beat some of these teams, we've got Suitland, Wise and Roosevelt coming up," he said. "We just gotta keep putting the work in. Hard work pays off."
Coach Macklin said despite the win he wasn't happy with the level of energy his team played with saying, "I mean we played well, but we need to be a little bit more intense. We just need to focus a little more."
Two of the game's other key players, Jeremiah Hendy and James Holly shared the view that the team learned a lot from last week's loss against Flowers. "We didn't make the same mistakes we made last week, we bettered ourselves as a team. That's why we won," said Holly.
Wide receiver Jeremiah Hendy cited their restraint saying, "We had a lot of penalties last week, and we cut that down to a minimum this week. We watched a lot of film and we came into the game really prepared."
After the blowout victory, the Bulldogs now go to 3-1 as they prepare to play at Suitland on Saturday, at 2 p.m.