Suitland vs. C.H. Flowers: Taivon Jacobs sparks Rams to 26-14 victory
By Brandon Parker,
The thoughts stewed in Taivon Jacobs’s head during the bus ride to C.H. Flowers. From the late touchdown that sealed the Jaguars’ upset of Suitland in last year’s Maryland 4A South region final to the pain of losing an undefeated season, they all forged a tune of motivation in the senior’s mind.
“I was thinking about it the whole ride over, about how we lost to them, and it just made me that much more ready to play,” Jacobs said of his mind-set prior to Saturday’s game in Springdale.
Two touchdowns and 142 receiving yards later, the Ohio State-bound wideout ensured that the bus ride home for he and his Suitland teammates would be a pleasant one, as the Rams defeated C.H. Flowers, 26-14. No. 4 Suitland is now 5-0 overall and 4-0 in Prince George’s 4A play.
From the moment Jacobs first touched the ball, his hunger was evident, returning a punt 42 yards to set up the Rams’ first touchdown — a Wesley Wolfork one-yard quarterback sneak.
Jacobs struck again in the second quarter by turning a crossing route into a 44-yard touchdown to put the Rams up 14-0.
Of course, the Jaguars (3-2, 2-2) were plenty familiar with the Rams’ gamebreaking capabilities, leading them to take a gamble of their own with an onside kick attempt to start the second half. The surprise call and recovery appeared to reinvigorate the Jaguars, who then saw Bentley Ukonu block and recover a Suitland punt in the end zone to cut the deficit to 14-6.
Yet with last year’s comeback defeat still fresh in his head, Jacobs quickly squashed the Jaguars’ momentum. On the opening play of the ensuing series, the senior streaked down the right sideline and snagged a 70-yard bomb from Wolfork to stretch the Suitland lead back to 14.
Marcus Mack, who racked up a game-high 120 rushing yards, kept the Jaguars in it by rumbling for a 20-yard score. But for every C.H. Flowers touchdown, the Rams seemed to have a swift answer. This time, Anthony Squire (104 rushing yards) dashed 57 yards for the game’s final score.
Attempts at another Jaguars’ rally were thwarted by an array of bad snaps and fumbles, as well as a quiet showing by Keith Payne, who did not record a catch.
“It was frustrating because a lot of the time, we were making mistakes and hurting ourselves,” Mack said. “I definitely think this will motivate us and humble us for the future.”
Afterward, Rams coach Ed Shields also made sure his players remained humble, reminding them that one game or even stroke of vengeance doesn’t make a season.
“We knew we were going to have to pound it out against a good team like (C.H. Flowers),” Squire said. “It feels good to get the win, especially after what happened in the playoffs last year, but our bigger focus is on winning every game and winning state.”
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