As far as Clarence Boykins and Mo Banks are concerned, Bowie State's football team has never lost. As far as Coach David Dolch is concerned, the Bulldogs have lost only nine consecutive games. As far as the record is concerned, Bowie State has lost 30 consecutive games, the second-longest active losing streak in NCAA football.
However, if Dolch, Banks and Boykins have their way, the Bulldogs won't become more ignominious than Columbia. If the second-year coach and the two recruits from Montgomery College-Rockville have their way, the Bulldogs will put those worries to rest Sept. 5 at home against Winston-Salem State.
"To be honest, I came here because I don't think Coach Dolch has had that much to do with all those losses," Boykins said.
Boykins, a quarterback, and Banks, a receiver, come to Bowie State with similar backgrounds and for similar reasons. Boykins graduated from H.D. Woodson High School in the District in 1984, went to Central State in Ohio, redshirted one year, sat out the next and then transferred to Montgomery-Rockville. Banks graduated from Friendly High in Fort Washington in 1984, spent one year at Virginia State on a track scholarship, decided he'd rather be playing football and transferred to Montgomery-Rockville.
Last year, the two became friends and leaders on a team that went 8-2 with a No. 9 junior college ranking and an appearance in the Mid-America Bowl. They attracted interest from Eastern Kentucky, Morehead State and Bucknell, schools that wanted them to transfer last January. However, neither completed sufficient course work at Montgomery-Rockville until this summer. By then, Bowie State was the only available option, not that Banks, Boykins or Dolch minded.
Dolch, 0-9 last season, has certainly done more than just talk about winning. He has put together the trappings of a winning program, with one of his biggest coups coming in fund raising. The Bulldogs have new uniforms; they fly to road games that would otherwise entail long bus trips, and they will play their final game of the season, Nov. 14 against California University of Pennsylvania, at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore.
Helping the fund raising has been defensive line coach Jim Hindman, the owner and founder of Jiffy Lube, who was head coach at Western Maryland while Dolch was there as a player and an assistant. It's no coincidence the Memorial Stadium game will be called the Jiffy Lube Classic.