Kevin Jackson, one of Bowie's mighty mites, scored twice and made a handful of key defensive plays in leading the 15th-ranked Bulldogs to a 17-0 win over Friendly last night in a Prince George's AA League game at Friendly.
Bowie (6-0) was very successful with its ball-control offense, collecting 145 rushing yards on 40 attempts, and its combination of defenses designed to stop Patriots running back Robert Green.
"Obviously, we wanted to stop him," Bowie Coach Gary Wrenn. "We used a few different defenses during the game. As far as the offense goes, ball control is the name of the game."
Bowie had only four possessions in the first half, but one ended up at the Friendly 16, where Mark Fitzpatrick came on to kick a 32-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead with 7:12 to play in the first half.
Bowie scored on its initial series of the second half to put extra pressure on the hosts. Jackson, 5 feet 8, 141 pounds, picked up important yardage on several sweeps and Michael Young completed a 17-yard pass to Nick Arbutina during the 80-yard drive. Jackson scored on a 15-yard tackle-breaking run. Fitzpatrick's kick made it 10-0 with 4:05 to play in the third period.
Jackson also made a key defensive play to stop a potential Friendly score. On a first down at the Bowie 47, Green (77 yards on 21 carries) was hit hard and fumbled. Jackson, who also played safety, picked up the loose ball and ran to the Friendly 42. Bowie didn't score, but used five valuable minutes.
Limited to 131 total yards, Friendly marched to the Bowie 14 but the visitors' defense stiffened and Bowie took over on downs at the 13 with a little more than eight minutes left in the game.
"We used a 5-4 on defense. Our main job was to stop the Friendly running game," Jackson said.
A Friendly mistake assured the Patriots of their third loss in six games. Bowie defensive end Alan Hansen sacked Friendly quarterback John Ferrer at his 18. The ball popped loose and Roger Garner grabbed it and ran to the Bowie 1. Jackson scored from there and the lead was 17-0 with 6:57 left to play.
Friendly was unable to move the ball on its last two possessions.
"We didn't have a special game plan, we wanted to establish the outside running game," Jackson said.
"They didn't do anything to surprise us," Friendly Coach Jim Crawford said. "We weren't sharp on offense at all. The ball seemed to bounce wrong for us all night."Bowie (6-0) 0 3 7 7 17 Friendly (3-3) 0 0 0 0 0
B -- FG Fitzpatrick 32
B -- Jackson 15 run (Fitzpatrick kick)
B -- Jackson 1 run (Fitzpatrick kick)