Prince George's 4A

Suitland shakes off Bowie, 21-7

By Joshua Hudson
The Gazette
Saturday, October 2, 2010; 7:37 PM

Suitland Coach Ed Shields said he was concerned heading into Saturday's County 4A League showdown against Bowie. The second-year Rams coach said his team had a bad week of practice leading up to the game.

But the Rams shook off their bad week of practice to remain undefeated as they turned back visiting Bowie, 21-7. Even though his team came away with the victory, Shields said the Rams didn't play a good game.

"Yeah we got the win, but we did a lot of things that we normally don't do," Shields said. "We had good weeks of practices with the other games we played, but we just didn't have good practices leading up to Bowie. We got to work through these things, and I just hope we can do that."

The game didn't start well for the Rams (5-0), as Bowie scored a touchdown on its opening possession. The Bulldogs converted a fourth-and-3 with a 27-yard touchdown pass on a halfback option play from running back James Holley to wide receiver James Johnson.

Shields said the Bowie touchdown happened because of defensive discipline.

"With the defense that we were in that should have never happened," Shields said. "If you want to be a good team you can't allow those types of things to happen. I just think we could have played better."

Suitland answered on its first possession with a 10-play, 70-yard touchdown drive that was capped off with an Anthony Norman 2-yard touchdown run. The Rams followed that drive with a 14-play, 93-yard march that again ended with Norman in the end zone, this time on a 3-yard run, giving Suitland a 14-7 lead.

The Rams put the game away in the third quarter when quarterback Nyema Washington threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to running back Anthony Squire.

Washington finished the day 5 of 11 for 99 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Norman ran the ball 12 times for 62 yards and two touchdowns, while Squire added 54 rushing yards on six carries.

Bowie quarterback Jordan Maslanik completed 18 of 32 passes for 151 yards. Six different Bowie players caught passes, with Johnson leading the way with five catches for 59 yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah Hendy caught five passes for 31 yards, while Derek Goode caught five passes for 47 yards.

"We wanted to run the ball against them, but we just couldn't do it," said Bowie coach Lionel Macklin. "We had to throw the ball because that was the only way we were moving the ball. Suitland played tough and didn't miss a tackle the entire game. I think that's one of the best defensive games they have played all year."

The Rams return to action on Saturday in a crucial County 4A League game, as they play host to unbeaten Charles H. Flowers. Suitland won a regular season meeting against Flowers last year, but fell to the Jaguars in the 4A South Region playoffs. Bowie travels to Bladensburg next Saturday.

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