Saturday, October 9, 2021

Chowan Unable to Overcome Mistakes in Top-25 Loss to Bowie State

MURFREESBORO – In a top-25 match up the Chowan Football team came up short against Bowie State in a CIAA North Division clash on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

The Chowan defense held Bowie State to 112 yards of total offense while racking up five sacks.  The Hawks defense set the single-season record for sacks with 28.0 on the season.

Basilio Fernandez led the Hawks with 13 total tackles.  Rafiq Abdul-Wahid posted eight tackles with 1.5 sacks.  Gilberto Ortiz added eight tackles, three TFLs, and a sack.

Imeek Watkins led the Hawks with four catches for 55 yards and 23 yards rushing.  Tyrek McNeil added 41 yards on the ground.

Both quarterbacks posted 50% completions for less than 70 yards each.

The Hawks had two fumbles and 11 penalties.


First Quarter:

The Hawks defense forced a punt on the opening drive as Rafiq Abdul-Wahid registered a sack on third down.

Bryce Witt started the drive with a seven-yard rush.  Laurence King added a 17-yard rush to put the Hawks close to the red zone.  Jude McAtamney connected from 40 yards out to put the Hawks up 3-0.

Once again, the Chowan defense held strong picking up another sack, this time by Montre Moore and Gilberto Ortiz to force a punt.

The swarming Bowie State defense would post a strip-sack and return the fumble for a 33-yard touchdown to take the lead 7-3.

On the next drive, Bryce Witt connected with Imeek Watkins for a first down reception and moved the ball to the other side of the field on a roughing the passer flag.  Witt found Watkins again for 23 yards before the drive stalled.

Second Quarter:

Bowie State would be forced to punt as Gilberto Ortiz and Rafiq Abdul-Wahid teamed up for a sack.

The Hawks would move the ball on their next drive as Imeek Watkins rushed for 23 yards and added 13 yards on a penalty to move the ball into the red zone.  A holding call and false start moved the Hawks backward forcing a field goal attempt.  Jude McAtamney missed from 40 yards out to the right but was given a second chance after a penalty.  McAtamney put the ball through the uprights but was called no good.

Third Quarter:

The Hawks would move the ball down the field on the opening drive of the half but would turn the ball over on a fumble.

The defense would hold strong to force a punt that would trickle down to the Chowan 11.  Both teams had to punt on their following drives.

Fourth Quarter:

Bowie State was aided on a pair of personal foul penalties by the Hawks to put the Bulldogs in the red zone.  The Bulldogs added an insurance touchdown with 4:47 remaining, 14-3.

Bryce Witt connected with Imeek Watkins for a touchdown before a pair of sacks ended the drive.


Chowan will look to bounce back as the Hawks take on Virginia Union in a CIAA Northern Division contest on Saturday, October 16.  The Hawks will celebrate Homecoming with kickoff slated for 1pm. 

Story courtesy of Chowan Athletics