HYATTSVILLE – On a warm and windy afternoon at the newly built Fairmont Heights High School, the duo of quarterback Julius Duvall and receiver Daniel Buchanan combined for 81-of-168 passing yards and helped lead Charles H. Flowers to a 26-19 victory over Eleanor Roosevelt on Sept. 16.
Flowers Head Coach Dameon Powell was ecstatic about the win.
“The coaches did an excellent job all week, the guys believed in what we did, and they came out and executed, and that’s what it’s all about. We wanted to be more efficient, and we executed on every play,” Powell said.
The Jaguars opened the game up on the ground with running back Breaun Roderique, who powered his way down the field on a few runs to start the day. He managed to rush for 50 yards during the first half, and his running abilities set Flowers up for the first score of the contest.
Duvall threw a pass Buchanan for a 31-yard play to keep the drive moving. Soon the dangerous arm of Duvall prevailed once again as he connected with his favorite target (Buchanan) for a touchdown to make it 7-0.
After the early score, the Jags’ defense stood tall and got the ball back. Following an excellent stop by the defensive unit, the Duvall hooked up with Rashawn Gilbert on a deep 37-yard bomb to give the Jaguars a 13-0 lead.
The Raiders had trouble finding any flow on offense in the early stages of the first half. However, senior quarterback Jaden Faulkner and his quick feet helped out as Roosevelt attempted to find answers on the offensive side of the ball. After the Jaguars committed a few penalties, the Raiders found themselves in the redzone.
Senior running back Elisha McDonald followed the push of his offensive line to get the Raiders on the board early in the second quarter on a 1-yard dash.
Moments after the Raiders put the points on the board, Duvall and the Jaguars found their way back into Raiders territory. Duvall already had a great half, but decided to add to it by scoring on a quarterback keeper to make it 19-7. He finished the first half with 90 passing yards, two passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown.
The Raiders, on the other hand, struggled to pass in the first half and only accumulated a total of 28 passing yards. However, in the second half, the Raiders’ offense managed to find some success with the ground game. Five Roosevelt runners, including Faulkner, McDonald, Spencer McMillion, Delmetrius Cloyd and Michael Ogunsalu, all had a hand in moving the offense.
Out of the group, McDonald was the first to help erase the deficit by scoring his second rushing touchdown of the afternoon to make it 19-13 Flowers late in the third quarter.
Flowers started with the ball in the fourth quarter when Duvall was flushed out of the pocket and created something out of nothing with a 25-yard run that was topped by a dazzling spin move. Following the run, he connected one more time with Buchanan, ultimately sealing the deal for the Jaguars.
“When I got downfield I noticed the guy down the field after I made one man miss and I just spun off instinct and there it was,” Duvall said of the highlight-reel run.
The Raiders continued to fight in the fourth and responded quickly with a 15-yard rushing touchdown by Cloyd to make it 26-19 late. Unfortunately, that would be all she wrote as the Jaguars’ defense got the final stops to continue their undefeated run as they moved to 3-0 this season.
Roosevelt fell to 2-1 with the loss.
“We came out flat and let them get out early. We had a rough week of practice, but we are a better team than this. The guys in the locker room know I’m not that concerned about this loss,” Eleanor Roosevelt Head Coach Thomas Green said.
The Jaguars will face Northwestern (1-2) next week, while the Raiders will look to bounce back against Central (0-3).