BOWIE -- Junior quarterback Darrell Foote took care of the offense and the Bowie State defense and special teams took full advantage of the sloppy playing condition yesterday, and the Bulldogs defeated Fayetteville State, 18-0, in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association game at Bulldog Stadium.
The win was the second straight for the Bulldogs, who are 3-1-1 in their past five games after losing their first four games. The win finished Bowie's CIAA schedule at 3-4-1 and dropped Fayetteville (5-4 overall) to 4-3 in the conference.
Foote, a transfer from Delaware State who played at Annapolis High School, set the tempo in Bowie's favor with a 25-yard scoring run early in the second quarter for a 6-0 Bowie lead.
"We felt it was very important to get ahead early," Foote said. "We felt if we got their heads down, we could keep on pushing."
After a scoreless first quarter, Bowie got its first big break when Chris Thompson blocked a Bronco punt and Lucruz Dunlop recovered at the Fayetteville 35-yard line.
Five plays later, Foote used play action to turn a naked bootleg into the first score, running 25 yards as wide receiver Marcus Nole (City) provided downfield interference.
"That play was part of our game plan," Bowie coach Sherman Wood said. "We knew they were very aggressive up front on defense, and we felt that Foote's mobility could cause them some problems."
In a game played in a driving rain and on a field that worsened as the game progressed, Bowie avoided serious problems, turning the ball over only once. The Broncos, however, lost possession on five of six fumbles, two interceptions and the blocked punt, which set up the first touchdown.
Bowie raised its lead to 12-0 with 4:13 left in the first half after freshman linebacker Vincent Young recovered a fumbled Broncos snap at the Fayetteville 2. Monty Bennett powered in from 1 yard behind the right side of the Bulldogs' line.
Bowie started the second half with a 12-play, 66-yard drive that consumed 8:14 and increased its lead to 18-0 after a 1-yard keeper by Foote.
"In the second half, we came out like we were starting the game," said Wood, whose team has had problems in the third quarter this season. "Everything just seemed to be working in our favor, even the weather conditions.
"Over the past few weeks the kids have really begun to believe in themselves, and the wins have taken care of themselves."
Twice in the fourth quarter Fayetteville moved inside the Bowie 25-yard line, but fumbles ended both drives as Craig Jackson and Thompson recovered for the Bulldogs.
A5 Bowie completes its season Saturday at New Haven.