As soon as the game ended, Bowie's Mark Jonas ran over to Eleanor Roosevelt's Billy Heiser, who was limping off the field. Jonas threw his arms around his greatest adversary and watched in disbelief as Heiser almost fell.
Heiser's weakness was the result of Bowie's relentless pounding of the senior midfielder. Every time Heiser, who entered the game with nine of his team's 14 goals, touched the ball, three or four Bulldogs collapsed on him, resulting in Heiser being driven to the turf time and again.
The strategy worked superbly as No. 2 Bowie easily handled No. 19 Roosevelt, 3-0, yesterday at Bowie.
"The way they played me, the things they did, I expected it," said Heiser, held without a shot for 61 minutes. "That's the way the game should be played. They were just able to one and two touch-pass right by us and we were caught off guard. We couldn't do that and we were caught trying to dribble."
Heiser and Jonas generally are considered the top players in Prince George's County and among the best in the nation at the high school level.
Eleanor Roosevelt (5-1, 2-1 Prince George's 4A) supplied Heiser with little help yesterday. With three or four Bulldogs surrounding Heiser, the Raiders still weren't able to find the open man.
"Our plan was to keep one and two defenders free to cover whoever came through the middle," said Bowie Coach Richard Kirkland. "And even though they wound up with men free, those men weren't in a situation that was a threat to our goal."
That is an understatement. The Bulldogs (6-0, 3-0) dominated from the start, outshooting the Raiders by 13-1 in the first half, 22-4 overall.
As for the scoring, Jonas's direct kick at 15:45 rocketed inside the right post; Todd Hicks, with a pass from Dave Briles, beat goalkeeper Danny Webb at 29:00; and Seth Brannon tallied at 75:00.
"Bowie is a lot deeper and a lot more talented than we are," said Raiders Coach George Kallas. "And they make it extremely difficult to get any shots on their keeper."
Said Jonas, a junior forward recently named to the U.S. national under-17 team training camp: "We are improving every game. And if we keep it up, we should be state contenders."