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Bowie defeats North

September 08, 2000

Bowie defeats North



By JACK HILL III / Staff Correspondent


North Hagerstown football coach Glenn Cross has seen it before, and he's seen it far too often. He only wishes his Hubs could change it.

North ran 57 offensive plays to Bowie's 28 on Friday Night, and in doing so controlled the tempo in its season opener. But the Hubs gave up four big plays to Bowie which enabled the Bulldogs to run away with a 33-9 victory in both team's season-opener at School Stadium, continuing a trend that has left Cross shaking his head constantly the past several seasons.

"We can't give up four big plays in a ballgame," Cross said. "We got them stopped for about 80 percent of their plays. They were able to recover from their mistakes and they came back with some big plays."

North Hagerstown got on the scoreboard first just 2:09 into the ballgame on a safety when defensive tackle Matt Strine tackled Bowie's Andre Henderson in the end zone.

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But Bowie got its offense going when Jay Scruggs fired a 41-yard touchdown pass to Stevie Jeffrey with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter that changed the game's momentum. Kyle Postell ran in the two-point conversion as Bowie took the lead for good at 8-2.

Postell, a 5-foot-10 junior running back, then started to make things happen on offense for the Bulldogs, rushing for 123 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns.

Postell dashed along the left sideline for a 43-yard touchdown run and Andy Hudson kicked the extra point with 1:29 left in the first to extend the Bulldogs' lead to 15-2. Postell added a 4-yard touchdown run to the right side with 4:39 left in the third quarter for a 21-2 lead.

Postell finished North off with a 44-yard touchdown run down the left sideline just 28 seconds into the fourth quarter to build the Bulldogs' lead to 27-2.

"Their defensive speed was unreal," Cross said. "We just couldn't compete with their overall team speed."

North Hagerstown reduced the deficit to 27-9 with 3:48 remaining in the game when Tanner Cross found Brian Hayes for an 11-yard touchdown pass and Jeremy Petty kicked the extra point.

But on the next play, Earl Saunders scored a touchdown for Bowie on a 70-yard kickoff return.

Bowie 33, North Hagerstown 9


Bowie150612-33

North Hagerstown2007-9

NH - Safety (Strine tackled Henderson in end zone)

B - Jeffrey 41 pass from Scruggs (Postell run)

B - Postell 43 run (Hudson kick)

B - Postell 4 run (run failed)

B - Postell 44 run (kick failed)

NH - Hayes 11 pass from Cross (Petty kick)

B - Saunders 70 kickoff return (kick failed)

BowieNH

First downs89

Rushes-yards18-9141-134

Passes5-10-17-16-1

Passing yards8486

Total offense28-17557-220

Fumbles-lost4-17-2

Punts-ave.4-36.37-25.0

Penalties-yards11-11510-88

Records: Bowie 1-0, North Hagerstown 0-1

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