The quarterback attempted only one pass, on the team's opening offensive play. The starters played only one quarter. C.H. Flowers Coach Mike Mayo said he was not interested in running up the score, but everything the Jaguars did seemed to end up in the end zone during a 69-20 victory over Bladensburg on Saturday in a Prince George's 4A game.
Along the way, Flowers set a state public school record with 605 yards rushing, and its 69 points is believed to be a county public school record. Four players -- Raphael Johnson, Antione Cuff, Steve Williams and Keenan Fenwick -- rushed for at least 100 yards, which might also be a state record, if such records were kept.
However, in an unusual weekend, Flowers was not alone among prolific offenses in the county, as two other county teams topped 50 points and three more topped 40. Surrattsville scored a staggering 42 points in the second quarter of its 54-18 victory over Fairmont Heights. Eleanor Roosevelt and Friendly each posted 27-point quarters.
Call it Blowout Saturday.
"One of them Saturdays, I guess," Mayo said. "I don't like [blowouts] for us. This week we have Oxon Hill and the week after that we have Douglass. It gives you a false sense of security.
"All our other kids played from the second quarter on, so it gives us a chance to get them on the field and get some experience. And we got to rest the starters. But this early in the season, you want to get them seasoned and get them some reps. But if we would have done that, it really would have been ugly, so we just pulled them."
Still, the question remains: Why were there so many lopsided games this past weekend?
Some coaches believe the results were due in part to mismatches of poor teams against traditionally strong ones, and the warm weather gave those strong teams an even bigger advantage.
Roosevelt Coach Rick Houchens, whose team beat Oxon Hill, 46-0, said he thinks the offensive burst comes from teams playing a more open style -- and that once the offense starts, the blowout might not be far behind.
"Let's face it, if you get out on somebody by two touchdowns and they're the type of offense that can't get out and score in a hurry, [their] kids know that," Houchens said. "And you can't have your kids go out and go through the motions just because someone can't keep up with you."
A Glimpse of the Future
Rashad Carmichael saw only limited action in Gwynn Park's season opener because of tendinitis in his knee, but the Virginia Tech recruit returned to regular duty this past Saturday and took little time to show what he can do. Carmichael carried seven times for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Yellow Jackets' 32-0 victory at Forestville in a Prince George's 3A/2A game.
With Carmichael, senior William Little and sophomore Jerel Cole, Gwynn Park Coach Danny Hayes thinks he has the running game necessary for a successful season. Little gives the Yellow Jackets a more physical runner and Cole, Hayes said, is on course to be the featured back of the future after playing on the junior varsity last season.
"We've got some good running backs," Hayes said. "We're pretty much loaded at that spot. If one goes down, we've got another who can replace him."
Largo Gets Its Kicks
Largo's Alie Mattia was in gym class one day at the beginning of the school year when Coach Ray Crawford noticed him booting a soccer ball. "I just happened to be nosy that day," Crawford said, noting that Mattia was not in Crawford's class.
"He was kicking the heck out of it," Crawford said.
And thus, Crawford had found a kicker for his team -- an addition that already is paying dividends. Mattia kicked a 35-yard field goal with 11 seconds left this past Saturday, giving the Lions a 3-0 victory over Crossland in a Prince George's 4A game. It was Largo's first field goal since the 2002 season finale.
The Lions did not even attempt a field goal last season, but Crawford said he has plenty of confidence in Mattia.
"Anytime we get inside the 30, we're going to go for it, without hesitation," Crawford said.