BOWIE - Led by the defensive play of seniors Randy Norris and Tony DiMauro, Bowie State ended its three-game losing streak with a 14-13 victory over Elizabeth City State at Bowie Field yesterday.
Linebacker Norris finished with nine tackles, a block of a field-goal attempt, a fumble recovery and an interception, as the Bowie defense played tough when the Bulldogs offense lost the ball on three interceptions and a fumble in the first quarter.
"Randy Norris made some great plays," said Bowie coach Sanders Shiver. "The total defensive effort was just fantastic."
The victory was the first for Bowe (2-4 overall) in five Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association games. The loss dropped Elizabeth City to 2-4-1 overall and 1-3 in the conference.
The Bowie defense allowed just a 33-yard field goal by James Gonzo in that first quarter, and a 10-0 Vikings lead late in the second quarter was cut to 10-7 when Bowe quarterback Don Janey connected with Tony Harrison for a 45-yard touchdown pass on the final play of the first half.
"I just split the seam of the defense," Harrison said. "It was a play we really needed to give us a lift."
Elizabeth City added its final three points in the third quarter on another Gonzo field goal, this one from 30 yards, after a Bowie snap sailed over the head of punter Jason Herold, giving the Vikings possession at the Bowie 14.
Bowie's only sustained drive of the game came early in the fourth quarter, as the Bulldogs marched 56 yards in 12 plays with Janey using the option run to go the final 8 yards for the tying touchdown. Herold then scooped up a low snap and placed it perfectly for Mark Fitzpatrick's extra point and a 14-13 Bowie lead with 6 minutes, 29 seconds left.
The drive was kept alive by big receptions from sophomore Tom Butz and Harrison and the running of Butch Wilson, who carried six times in the drive for 31 yards.
The Bulldogs, having lost twice on the last play in the past three weeks, had to survive another late scare when the Vikings moved to the Bowie 28-yard line. But DiMauro sacked quarterback Tim Johnson on the fourth-and-one at the 35 with three seconds remaining.
In addition to the strong linebacking play of Norris, Ed Gregory was in on 14 tackles for the Bulldogs, and linebackers Paul Garrett and Greg Avent contributed 18 between them.
Frostburg 31, St. Francis, Pa. 7
FROSTBURG - Wingback J.R. Bosley rushed for a career-high 110 yards and one touchdown yesterday to lead unbeaten Frostburg State over St. Francis, Pa. Yesterday, its sixth straight victory.
The Bobcats (6-0) rushed for 412 yards and five touchdowns on 72 attempts. St. Francis (2-4) was held to 7 yards rushing.
Rory McTigue, a senior fullback, ran for 72 yards and three touchdowns.
W. Maryland 14, Dickinson 7
WESTMINSTER - Eric Frees dived into the end zone from 1 yard out with just 52 seconds remaining in the game, as Western Maryland upset previously unbeaten Dickinson in a Centennial Football Conference game.
Western Maryland (4-1-1, 3-1) started its game-winning drive on the Dickinson 45 with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left after sophomore Kurt Reisenweber (Mount St. Joseph) recovered a Dickinson (5-1, 2-1) fumble. Frees gained 28 yards on two carries and Rob Johnson (North Carroll) added 11 more to move the Green Terrors into scoring position.
The Red Devils, ranked fifth in the South Region of NCAA Division III, had tied the score at 7 on a 31 yard option pass from freshman Alex Plomaritis to Jack Meluskey with 6:20 left in the fourth quarter.
Frees, who gained 114 yards on 19 carries to move over the 3,000 yard mark for his career (3,009) and within 14 yards of the school's all-time record, also set a Western Maryland career mark for rushing touchdowns with 26.
Dickinson's John Bernatavitz amassed 213 yards on 32 carries, but the Red Devils were victimized by four lost fumbles and four interceptions by the Green Terrors.
Wagner 23, Salisbury 6
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. - Greg Harris rushed for 165 yards and three touchdowns yesterday to lead Wagner College (5-1) over winless Salisbury State (0-6).
It was the fifth straight win for Wagner, which also got 121 yards rushing from Willie McWilliams.
Salisbury State's Len Anneta completed 12 of 29 passes for 150 yards.