Quinton Flowers is determined not to leave Jackson High after his senior season without a state championship ring.
On Thursday night, Flowers and an improved Generals team put its season-opener against North Miami Beach away early with 20 first-quarter points en route to a 38-21 victory at Traz Powell Stadium.
Flowers finished 6-of-17 passing, but had 200 yards and three touchdown passes. Flowers also ran for 132 yards on eight carries scoring two more touchdowns.
Flowers connected with Jovon Durante for a 70-yard touchdown pass on the games first offensive play and later ran for a 34-yard score which gave Jackson a 14-0 lead.
Before the end of the quarter, Flowers lobbed a perfectly-timed pass to Terrance Rutherford down the far sideline for a 56-yard strike.
Jacksons defense held NMB (0-1) in check early on led by senior Osband Thompsons two interceptions. That was the good for the Generals (1-0), who enter the season considered a favorite in the chase for the Class 5A state championship.
The ugly part was the 17 penalties Jackson committed for 180 yards several of which came for unsportsmanlike conduct penalties and unnecessary roughness calls.
For North Miami Beach, which won District 13-8A last season, one of the few positives was the passing combination of quarterback Cedric Wiggins and receiver Steven Ishmael.
The two connected twice for touchdowns of 7 and 13 yards and also on one two-point conversion. Ishmael caught eight passes for 86 yards.