ROCKINGHAM — The play wasn’t really designed for him, but in the end it didn’t really matter.
Brent Flowers scored on a 5-yard keeper to make it six rushing touchdowns on the night against Jack Britt.
Flowers said it was a high snap that forced him to run the ball behind a wall of blockers into the end zone.
“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.”
Those touchdowns on the ground weren’t Flowers’ only contributions in the 62-37 victory over the Buccaneers. Flowers also threw for two scores in the lopsided win.
In addition to accounting for eight of the Richmond’s nine touchdowns in the game, Flowers finished with 280 rushing yards on 19 carries and threw for another 225.
While things finished well for the now graduated quarterback, there was some down moments mixed in as well. Flowers tossed his first interception of the season and also missed on his first three passing attempts. Flowers was 8 of 13 on the night.
“Yeah, it was a rough beginning,” Flowers said. “They came out doing something we didn’t think they would do.”
At halftime, Flowers had run for 136 yards and two touchdowns as Richmond trailed 14-13. Then Jack Britt’s coaching staff made what Flowers would call “the wrong adjustment” during the break.
The Raiders exploded to score 49 points in the final 24 minutes as Flowers scored on runs of 50, 25, 20 and 5 yards as well as hooking up with Raheem Bowden on throws of 77 and 33 yards.
Flowers said Jack Britt’s defense was designed to force him to keep the ball and not pitching it out to the running backs.
“I just read what their defensive end was doing,” Flowers said.
The 62 points was the second-most points Richmond scored in a game last season. In the opening game of Derrick Law Firm Carolina Kickoff Clash presented by Sports Radio 100.3 The Team, Richmond rolled past Myrtle Beach, the host school, 64-30.
Editor’s note - This is the second of a five-part series looking at last year’s top sports stories from Richmond Senior.
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