C.H. Flowers 35,
Eleanor Roosevelt 20
Midway through the third quarter, with his team hanging on to a one-point lead, C.H. Flowers running back Jimmy McClam took a handoff and ran to his right. After a few steps, McClam handed off to teammate Ramond Dixon coming back across the field. The play was designed to go to the outside, but Dixon cut up the middle and raced 53 yards for a touchdown.
That was about as complicated as it got yesterday for the 10th-ranked Jaguars, who relied on three basic running plays to pile up 392 yards rushing in a 35-20 victory over No. 16 Eleanor Roosevelt in a Prince George's 4A game before 1,500 in Springdale. It was Flowers' first victory in the teams' five meetings.
"We know this is probably only the first of a couple [big] games and we might see them again" in the playoffs, Flowers Coach Mike Mayo said. "But our kids had to win this game to know we can beat Roosevelt."
Although the victory was special, the Jaguars' means of achieving it seemed rather ordinary. With three fast and tough running backs, Flowers (4-0, 3-0) ran tosses and sweeps to the outside and dives up the middle. Mayo said it was not quite that simple -- for instance, on several occasions the Jaguars used an unbalanced offensive line, with three players to one side of the center -- but it often seemed like it.
Seniors Brandon McRae and Dixon each had their third 100-yard games this season, with 176 and 125 yards, respectively. McClam, who plans to accept a scholarship to play for Connecticut, carried six times for 75 yards. All three totals were season-highs.
"It was just basic football," McRae said. "Nothing special, just basic football."
It was a dive up the middle that McRae took 62 yards for a touchdown on the game's second play. Midway through the second quarter, McRae scored on a two-yard run to bring Flowers within 14-13. And when the Jaguars needed a special play, they got it on the final snap of the first half when quarterback Evan McCullough lobbed a 27-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Raymond Brown, who out-jumped a defender in one-on-one coverage. McCullough's two-point conversion run made it, 21-14.
Three plays after Roosevelt (2-2, 2-1) pulled within 21-20 in the third quarter, the double handoff to Dixon helped Flowers take control of the game.
"When I got it, it didn't seem like it was there," said Dixon, explaining that the play was designed to go to the outside but that Roosevelt's defenders had stayed in position and closed off that route. "I opened my eyes and saw a little space, got in the gap and took off."
A two-point conversion run by Dixon made it 29-20, which proved more than enough.
After rushing for 109 yards in the first half, Roosevelt standout quarterback Derrick Williams was held to 33 yards in the second half, and he did not complete a pass after halftime.