C.H. Flowers Coach Mike Mayo prefers to employ a balanced rushing attack so opponents aren't able to key on a specific player. But after nearly all of the Jaguars' top skill players graduated after last season -- when the team won a school-record 10 games -- Mayo acknowledged that senior Raphael Johnson was going to have to be a leader.
So far, Johnson has done just fine. In his first full season as a starter, Johnson has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the 19th-ranked Jaguars' three games. He rushed for 143 yards and one touchdown this past Saturday against Oxon Hill, leading Flowers to a 21-12 victory and setting up this Saturday's key game against No. 9 Douglass "I guess you could say he's the workhorse, like Brandon [McRae] was," Mayo said. "He'll probably get the most carries, but it just depends."
Johnson has rushed for 467 yards and six touchdowns. Fellow starters Antoine Cuff and Steve Williams and backup Keenan Fenwick also have at least one 100-yard game this season.
Not that Flowers is one-dimensional. Quarterback Kenneth Byrd, another first-year starter, has completed 10 of 16 passes for 172 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.
"We've played pretty well," Mayo said. "We said we wanted to get better each game. We've got some teams down the road that are going to be pretty good."
-- Josh Barr