In 2011, the Charles H. Flowers High School football team needed a last-second Hail Mary pass pull off a come-from-behind victory over Bladensburg. In a rematch on Saturday afternoon, the Jaguars took command much earlier, as a 21-point first quarter propelled Flowers to a 27-6 victory against the visiting Mustangs.
The Jaguars (3-0) opened the game with a 12-play, 65-yard drive. Daquan Davis finished off the possession with a rumbling 11-yard touchdown run, giving Flowers an early 7-0 lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, a big hit forced the ball loose, and Flowers recovered it. The Jaguars quickly took advantage of the short field with an 11-yard touchdown carry by Carl Turner. Just like that, Flowers held a 13-0 advantage only 6 minutes into the contest.
“That is what we wanted to do coming into the game, we wanted to have a fast tempo,” Turner said. “We wanted to get out, get the tempo [in our favor] and put points on the board.”
The Jaguars continued their first-quarter onslaught after forcing a three-and-out from Bladensburg. Quarterback Roman Williams took the lead on the drive, connecting with Davis to pick up a first down on a crucial third and seven play. Williams then tossed a touchdown pass to tight end Bentley Ukonu to give Flowers a 21-0 lead. Williams amassed 45 of his 90 passing yards on the possession.
“That first quarter was a killer for us,” said Bladensburg coach Jason Koenig. “We couldn't get [our defense] off the field on their first drive. It was a 15-play drive or something like that, and it hurt us. Then, the [fumble on] the kickoff return didn't set our defense up with good field position. The first quarter set the tone for the rest of the game.”
After the first quarter blitzkrieg, play got sloppy for both offenses. The Jaguars moved the ball fairly well, but penalties and poor execution on third and fourth down resulted in two punts and four turnovers on downs. Flowers did add another touchdown in the third quarter, when Marcus Mack scored on a 2-yard run.
“It was good that we got up early on them and punched it in and kept driving,” Flowers coach Mike Mayo said. “I was a little disappointed that we could have punched in some more in the red zone, and we didn't get them in. Penalties hurt us a little bit today, but for the most part I was pleased. We were playing an undefeated team, and Bladensburg is no slouch. We know we have to come to play against them, and I think we did a good job.”
The Mustangs struggled to get anything going on offense, committing two more turnovers (a fumble and an interception), and finishing with less than 100 total yards from scrimmage.
“Honestly, I think we have the number one defense in the whole county,” Turner said. “Every week, we are just stopping [our opponents]. We have only let up 14 points this whole season, I think, so I'd say we've got a pretty good defense.”
Bladensburg's only touchdown came as a result of a Jaguars botched snap on a second-quarter punt attempt. The Mustangs took over at the Flowers 20-yard line and finished the drive four plays later with a 7-yard pass from Kevin Rowan to Byron Bamigbade. Rowan, usually the backup quarterback, started in place of D.J. Samuels, who Koenig said was not with the team for personal reasons.
“We knew that we had to set the tone early, and we talked about last year and how we let them stay in the game because we didn't finish drives,” Mayo said. “So we told [the players] that we need to put the points on the board when we've got them, because you never know what is going to happen.”
Flowers will be back in action Friday night at Heurich Field in Hyattsville against Northwestern, which also is 3-0. Bladensburg will play host to DuVal next Saturday in a battle of a pair of 2-1 teams.
Charles H. Flowers 27, Bladensburg 6
Bladensburg (2-1) 0 6 0 0 — 6
Flowers (3-0) 21 0 6 0 — 27
CHF — Daquan Davis 11 run (Keith Payne kick)
CHF — Carl Turner 11 run (kick failed)
CHF — Bentley Ukonu 17 pass from Roman Williams (Daquan Davis run)
B — Byron Bamigbade 4 pass from Kevin Rowan (2-point pass failed)
CHF — Marcus Mack 2 run (kick failed)
Bladensburg — Kevin Rowan 11-23; Elijah Kee 5-(-4).
Flowers — Carl Turner 18-83; Mack Marcus 16-60; Shawn Elliot 3-33; Daquan Davis 5-25; Martin Kangah 3-14; O'Shea Powers 1-8; Jorel Hicks 2-4; Desmond Burgess 1-(-1); Malik White 2-(-2); Roman Williams 7-(-4).
Bladensburg — Kevin Rowan 7-13-37-1.
Flowers — Roman Williams 5-9-90-0.
Bladensburg — McCarl Wallace 2-18; Byron Bamigbade 2-13; Yusuf Khadar 2-3; Kyle Dawkins 1-2.
Flowers — Daquan Davis 1-28; Keith Payne 2-24; Mack Marcus 1-21; Bentley Ukonu 1-17.