Two weeks ago, Bowie blew a 10-point first-half lead in its big game against Prince George's AA foe Oxon Hill and lost by 18.

The 14th-ranked Bulldogs saw another lead disappear last night but Mark Fitzpatrick's 30-yard field goal in the final period gave his team a dramatic 9-6 decision over No. 9 Oxon Hill in a Maryland state AA quarterfinal playoff game at Friendly.

Bowie (10-1) will meet Seneca Valley (11-0) in a state semifinal game Saturday at Seneca Valley. Oxon Hill, which lost in the state final last year to Gaithersburg, finished at 9-2.

Oxon Hill, which blew numerous scoring chances in the first three periods, finally tied the game at 6-6 on Tim Jones' three-yard run with 10:16 left in the game.

Bowie then put together its best drive of the night, moving from its own eight to the Oxon Hill 13. The big play in the drive was a 55-yard pass from Michael Young to Alan Hansen to the Clippers' 43. A penalty against the Clippers and two key runs by Young moved the ball to the 14. But the Clippers stiffened and Fitzpatrick came on.

The snap was high but Young got the ball down and the senior's kick cleared the crossbar by 15 yards.

"The snap was mediocre, not that bad," Young said. "I got it down in time. They had a good rush, too, they almost got it."

Bowie Coach Gary Wrenn said his staff was hoping for that one good drive to give Fitzpatrick a chance to kick.

"He has made them from 45 {yards out}. I'm not saying we saved anything for the second half but the kids hung in there," Wrenn said. "We played field position the way we have all year. We wanted to run the clock, get as much yardage as we could and hope to get a field goal."

After the big kick, the Clippers had two more opportunities to win the game. On their first series, they were forced to punt with just under four minutes left. Kicker William Fletcher couldn't handle a high snap and tried to run on a fourth-and-nine situation. He was stopped at his own 24.

On its next series, Oxon Hill moved into Bowie territory, but Young, who also plays safety, ended the Clippers' hopes with an interception in the final minute.

Bowie took a 6-0 lead on Young's 11-yard run early in the first period. Oxon Hill fumbled on its initial possession at its own 11, giving the Bulldogs their first big break.Bowie (10-1) 6 0 0 3 9 Oxon Hill (9-2)

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B -- Young 11 run (kick failed --

O -- Jones 3 run (run failed

B -- FG Fitzpatrick 30