GARY | Coach David Nelson's tenure at Bowman Academy didn't begin as he'd hoped.
The Eagles lost four fumbles and gave up a host of big plays to visiting Indianapolis Marshall on the way to a 32-14 Patriots win at Roosevelt.
"We just didn't execute. We didn't come to play," Nelson said. "Just had a rough day."
Drew Milbrooks did the bulk of the damage for the Patriots, rushing for 125 yards and two scores.
Bowman had something going early with a pair of first downs on the opening possession. Then quarterback DeShawn Franklin fumbled the ball, and Marshall recovered at the Eagles' 44-yard line.
Milbrooks took the ball around the left side for a 44-yard touchdown run on the next play to give the Patriots a 6-0 lead, after the conversion run failed.
Marshall (1-0) marched right back down the field after a stalled Eagles drive. Milbrooks had another 44-yard run, and Marcus Vaughn took it over the goal line for a 7-yard score to make it 13-0.
"We just gave them too many opportunities," Nelson said. "Eventually, they are going to score."
Bowman (0-1) seemed to be moving the ball again before Franklin fumbled a second time. Micah Moss returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.
Milbrooks added a 10-yard touchdown carry in the third quarter following a fumbled snap on an Eagles punt that gave the Pats the ball at the Bowman 10-yard line.
The Eagles' final score came on a 54-yard pass from Franklin to Devon Allen in the final seconds of the game.
The Eagles were without starting quarterback Brandon Boatner, who Nelson said suffered a leg injury during training camp. Boatner was on crutches on the sideline.