The Bowie State football team is 3-4 thanks to two straight victories, but the Bulldogs will have trouble extending the streak Saturday.
Central State is not just another non-conference opponent for Bowie State coach Sanders Shiver. The Marauders from Xenia, Ohio, are No. 3 in the NAIA Division I rankings and headed to their ninth straight postseason bid under coach Billy Joe.
In 1981, Joe's first season at Central State, the team was 4-7. He since has gone 81-18-2, including a 4-1 record this year. There were several byes on the schedule because Joe has found it hard to find opponents. Shiver was game, and Joe liked the chance to showcase his team in an area in which he used to recruit heavily.
In 1987, Central State had eight players from the Baltimore area and another nine from Washington, D.C. This year the Marauders have just one local, Robert Thomas, a sophomore cornerback who got his first start last week. He helped Milford Mill High to a state 1A title in 1987.
Jimmy Joe, Billy's brother, is the offensive coordinator. He was a running back for Morgan State in the early 1970s, and in this season's opener against the Golden Bears, Central State scored 63 points. The Marauders average over 49 points a game, with Henderson Mosley, a junior quarterback out of Washington's H.D. Woodson High, passing for 1,092 yards and 16 touchdowns.
In a 70-44 win over Knoxville College last week, senior wide receiver Robert Jackson had five catches for 107 yards. In the summer of 1987, after he had starred at Gaithersburg High, Jackson keyed the Maryland all-stars in their only Big 33 win over Pennsylvania.
* Columbia South, better known as the Radford University soccer team, visits Maryland Sunday (2 p.m.).
The Virginia school has five players from Howard County, and they are the top five point-getters for the Highlanders. Most visible is Dante Washington, a sophomore from Oakland Mills who led the nation in scoring two years ago, but missed most of 1989 with a broken ankle. With 18 goals and 18 assists, once again he's the nation's leading scorer.
The No. 2 scorer, and No. 13 in the nation, is Jeff Majewski, a junior midfielder from Centennial who has 15 goals and seven assists. Doug Majewski, his older brother and the area's top prep midfielder in 1986, is a senior defender and a four-year starter.
Whitney Keiller, a sophomore from Howard who was last year's leading scorer, is third on the team with seven goals and six assists, just ahead of Sean Peay, a senior midfielder from Oakland Mills.
Everyone's totals were inflated in a 15-1 laugher over a fledgling UMES program. Washington had six goals and three assists in that one.
In Baltimore this weekend, Towson State and UMBC will be hosting their own tournaments. The Tigers' affair includes Howard, and even though the Bison are struggling this season, they have many of the players who took them to the NCAA final in 1988 and the quarters last year.
* The media guide covers at UMBC this fall include the warning "ECC Beware!!!" The Retrievers haven't exactly had people shaking in their boots in their first year in the East Coast Conference, and an anticipated second-place finish at Saturday's cross country championships would be their best ECC showing.
The Rider men are expected to win the ECC championship race at Central Connecticut, but the Retrievers have had their moments. Senior Paul Loebach has the best credentials, but Rob Magin, a junior from Westminster, has led UMBC in several races and Scott Elwood, a sophomore from Edgewood, has handled himself nicely.
Saturday's schedule also includes the ACC championships at Virginia.
* It's safe to say that Morgan State's David Partin will be the only Division I quarterback who spends the winter and spring handling the weights for the track and field team.
A 6-foot-2, 210-pound freshman, Partin set a Morgan State single-game record when he attempted 48 passes in a 28-7 loss to Delaware State last week. His most impressive numbers of the year, however, came last spring at the California high school track and field championships, where he reached 57 feet, 9 1/4 inches in the shot put and 176-1 in the discus.
No area prep athlete has ever thrown the discus that far.