Andre Miller's 57-yard interception return on the third play of the game was what High Point needed as the Eagles defeated Bowie, 7-6, last night on a sloppy field in Beltsville.

After Miller's touchdown, a 15-yard penalty turned Carlos Ferrufino's extra point into a 35-yard kick. But Ferrufino made the kick, and it turned out to be the difference for High Point (2-3).

Bowie (3-2) scored with eight minutes left but couldn't convert its extra point.

"We've had a rough start to the season," High Point Coach Dale Castro said. "We'll take this win."

On offense for High Point, Raymond Hines rushed for 98 yards on 17 carries, but it was the defense, led by tackle Detwan Harden's 11 tackles, that came up big.

"Our defense played strong," said Castro. "On key plays we were able to make the stops."

* SENECA VALLEY 42, NORTHWEST 13: Quarterback Chris Kelley passed for 163 yards and added 133 yards rushing as No. 1 Seneca Valley extended its area-best winning streak to 31 games with a win over visiting Northwest.

Kelley completed 10 of 17 passes, including two for touchdowns, and also rushed for one touchdown as the defending Maryland 4A champion Screamin' Eagles stayed undefeated through five games.

Northwest, located two miles from rival Seneca Valley, entered the game with a 4-0 record and stayed close to Seneca Valley for the first quarter, with the only scoring coming on a Lavar Scott touchdown reception from Kelley. But the Screamin' Eagles' running game helped blow the game open as Seneca Valley scored 20 points in the second quarter.

* DUNBAR 56, BALLOU 6: Backup quarterback Michael Coles completed 8 of 12 passes for 118 yards and four touchdowns as Dunbar beat Ballou in a D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association game in Southeast.

Coles, a senior who usually starts at tight end, started in place of junior Josh Cribbs. Cribbs injured his ankle last week in a 38-6 win over Eastern.

"We were confident that if [Coles] didn't make many mistakes, we'd be fine," said Coach Craig Jefferies, whose Crimson Tide improved to 3-2-1, 2-0 in the DCIAA. Ballou dropped to 3-2.

Running back James Lynch rushed for two touchdowns and 130 yards on 15 carries, and added a touchdown reception to help Dunbar win its 10th consecutive DCIAA game, dating to a November 1997 loss against Coolidge.

Coles connected with Steven Savoy, who missed last week with an ankle injury, for touchdowns passes of 20 and 26 yards. Savoy finished with four catches for 76 yards.

CAPTION: Bowie quarterback Dion Mitchell, right, is tackled by High Point's Andre Miller in the third quarter in Beltsville.