Flowers blooms vs. Britt
Richmond QB accounts for 8 TDs in victory
by By Shawn Stinson
FAYETTEVILLE — Brent Flowers was one touchdown away from setting a school record for rushing scores in one game.
With the ball at the Jack Britt 5, Flowers followed his blockers into the end zone to score his sixth touchdown of the night. The senior quarterback threw for another two as Richmond pulled away for a 62-37 win over Jack Britt Friday in the “Boneyard.”
“It wasn’t a designed run for him,” Richmond coach Paul Hoggard said of the play. “He was supposed to hand it off. I’m glad it happened, but I don’t care who scores, as long as someone does.”
Flowers was all smiles after the game and claimed it was a high snap which forced him to keep the ball and set the record.
“I had to jump and by that time the dive was past me and I just followed his block,” Flowers said. “I didn’t care I’m a team player.”
Flowers final touchdown capped a once a lifetime performance. He finished with 279 rushing yards and threw for another 217. The only down spot for Flowers in the game was throwing his first interception of the season and missing on his first three attempts on the night.
“Yeah, it was a rough beginning,” Flowers said. “They came out doing something we didn’t think they would do.”
Flowers was held in check the week before against Vance, running for minus five yards and hitting just two of his eight passing attempts. Against Jack Britt, Flowers noticed the defense was designed to stop him from pitching the ball to his running backs.
“At halftime they made the wrong adjustment,” Flowers said. “I just read what their defensive end was doing.”
The Raiders (4-0) finished with 457 rushing yards on the night. Jesse Williams had 83 yards and Diquon Cox notched 66.
Raheem Bowden reeled in four catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns.
Hoggard said the Buccaneers went man-to-man on the receivers which forced him to fall back to the option to take advantage of the defense.
“We thought they would play with a one-high safety and the seam route in the middle would be there,” Hoggard said. “We were surprised they went man. Coach (Brad) Denson came up with a suggestion at halftime to switch to the Wolf Formation (three running backs). It worked out pretty well for us.”
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson can be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14, or by email at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @scgolfer.
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