Howard is 'disastrous on all fronts' as losing streak now stands at 10 games

Florida A&M's Qier Hall takes off for a touchdown after recovering a fumbled pitch from Howard quarterback Casey Council, right.
Florida A&M's Qier Hall takes off for a touchdown after recovering a fumbled pitch from Howard quarterback Casey Council, right. (John Mcdonnell)
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By Kathy Orton
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 19, 2010

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It was hard to find much positive to take away from Howard's 50-7 loss to Florida A&M on Saturday afternoon at Greene Stadium.

The Bison threw an interception, lost a fumble and had a punt blocked - and that was just in the first half. To make matters worse, all three of those miscues led to touchdowns for the Rattlers.

"We didn't play well, didn't play well in any phase - offensively, defensively, special teams," Howard Coach Carey Bailey said. "Was disastrous on all fronts. Was not a good day."

Howard (0-3, 0-2 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) has now lost 10 in a row, dating to last season. The Bison's last win came 111/2 months ago, a 7-3 victory over Winston-Salem State on Oct. 3. Their MEAC losing streak is even worse. Howard's last conference win came Oct. 27, 2007, a string of 20 consecutive league losses.

Florida A&M's sixth consecutive win against the Bison was as lopsided as last year's 48-10 victory. The Rattlers (2-1, 2-0) have outscored Howard, 243-101, in the last six meetings.

The Bison's only score in the game came in the second quarter. Junior college transfer Justin Duncan, filling in for the injured Terrence Leffall (foot), broke through for a 52-yard gain that moved Howard to the Florida A&M 17-yard line. Three plays later, Duncan scored on a two-yard run.

Duncan finished with 102 yards on 16 carries, becoming the first 100-yard rusher for Howard since November 2006.

"I had to keep going hard," Duncan said. "After that long run, the touchdown was kind of like a dessert. I was kind of expecting to get the touchdown."

Once again, the Bison stuck with the run, rarely deviating from the strategy. Until quarterback Jarad Dorsey came into the game late in the third quarter, Howard had run the ball on 33 of 40 plays. Overall, the Bison ran the ball on 41 of their 54 offensive plays.

One of the reasons Howard continues to be so one-dimensional is its unstable quarterback situation. Casey Council started the game. His first pass was intercepted and set up Florida A&M's first touchdown. Council ran for 33 yards and completed 2 of 7 passes for eight yards before leaving with a sprained jaw. Dorsey, who hadn't played since the season opener against Holy Cross because of an unspecified injury, was sacked and fumbled the ball on his first play of the game, but came back to throw back-to-back complete passes on the next series.

Dorsey lasted until 51/2 minutes remained in the game. He was replaced by Terry Bradden, who didn't complete any of his four pass attempts.

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