Otis Covington, Bowie State's new offensive coordinator, knew what play to call early in the second quarter Saturday, when the Bulldogs were backed up on their 1-yard line against St. Augustine's.
On a second-and-10 play after surviving a defensive blitz, he sent a risky deep-pass play to quarterback Maurice Hill, who hit receiver James Johnson at the 50-yard line. Johnson sprinted the rest of the way into the end zone. The 99-yard touchdown play was the same feat Covington pulled off when he was a wide receiver at Morgan State in 1995 and hooked up with Bears' quarterback Michael Moore.
"We decided we had to be aggressive," Covington said. "And they came with a blitz again. If [Hill and Johnson] hadn't made the play, everybody probably would have been booing me."
The 99-yard "bomb" has now been thrown 12 times in Division II, nine in Divisions I-A and I-AA and 20 times in Division III. It gave Bowie (3-1) a 21-0 lead en route to a 34-2 victory.
Vindication at McDaniel
Nick Alevrogiannis has been vindicated.
The Eastern College Athletic Conference has ruled that the McDaniel College senior offensive tackle's contact with a game official was "incidental to the play" during the first quarter of Saturday's 28-6 victory over Gettysburg, and he should not have been ejected.
Alevrogiannis was informed yesterday he will not have to serve an automatic one-game NCAA suspension this Saturday against Ursinus because of the ejection and personal foul for striking an official.
"There was a lot of commotion on the play [McDaniel's lost fumble at the Gettysburg 35], and there was the usual scrum for the ball," said Alevrogiannis, who played high school football at St. Paul's. "I felt someone tugging at my facemask and swung my hand out to stop him, and I hit the referee's forearm."
Talk about auspicious starts.
Freshman Cleophus Koros has top-5 finishes in his first two cross country meets for Mount St. Mary's.
On Tuesday, he finished fifth out of 85 runners at the annual Mount Cross Country Invitational with a time of 24 minutes, 8.8 seconds in the 8-kilometer. Koros broke into the collegiate ranks Sept. 14 with a fourth-place finish of 25:06:11 in the Navy Invitational.
In the Mount race, senior Shawn Day took 18th (27:00.01) for the host school.
Towson's Bacon on roll
Towson University sophomore Ashley Bacon scored twice and had one assist last week, ushering the Tigers to field hockey victories over La Salle and Davidson. Bacon is the team's second-leading scorer with four goals and four assists in a school-best four straight wins. Towson is off to its best start at 6-1.
Senior Mary Hamsher has led the Loyola College volleyball team to a 5-6 start with 131 kills and a .208 hitting percentage.
Two weeks ago, Hamsher was the school's first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Week in the sport in more than two years.
Krystal Biegaj, Becky Corb and Jamie Arndt have also been strong for the Greyhounds, who can surpass last year's victory total (6-23) in this weekend's Morgan State Invitational.
A Salisbury moment
A fast-starting Salisbury University field hockey team (6-1) moved up a notch to fifth place in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll this week despite its first loss of the season to second-ranked Messiah College last week.
Lindsay Elliott, Jessica Manzone, Melissa Taylor, and Melissa Webster have led the Sea Gulls.