Things hadn’t exactly gone as Bowie Coach Jae Jackson planned them through the first three games of the Bulldogs’ season. First, there was the late-game loss to Westlake in which tensions boiled over and caused a fight. That fight and the suspensions that followed forced his team to forfeit a potential mettle-proving game against C.H. Flowers (now 4-0), and though the Bulldogs carried a seven-point lead into the fourth quarter against No. 8 Suitland (4-0), that game fell away from them, too.

But coaches around Prince George’s County spoke highly of the Bulldogs’ talent — “the best 0-3 team I’ve ever seen,” as Eleanor Roosevelt Coach Tom Green called them — and that talent finally won out in an impressive 34-7 win over then-No.12 Wise (2-2) Saturday.

“Others felt throughout the county we were a very good 0-3 team, but I told my kids, to be 0-3 and be seen as a good team does not accomplish anything. I’d rather be 3-0 and seen as a bad team,” Jackson said. “The win does ease the pain [of the bad start] . . . we knew how important this game was to still have a chance to make the playoffs, and we knew that we had a good team.”

Bad start and all, a spot in the playoffs — earned by the top four finishers in Prince George’s 4A — is still within Bowie’s grasp thanks to a front-loaded schedule that now pits the Bulldogs and their momentum against playoff hopefuls Roosevelt (2-2, 2-1 Prince George’s 4A) and DuVal (3-1, 2-1 Prince George’s 4A) over the next two weeks. . . .

Parkdale (1-3) , also got its first win of the season this weekend with a 38-14 win over Bladensburg (1-3) . The win was the Panthers’ first since Oct. 2011 win they downed Oxon Hill 34-22, a winless stretch of 15 games.. . .

Conference play in the MAC heats up over the next few weeks and the league, dominated by numbers-heavy Flint Hill last season, is shaping up for a more interesting finish this season.