Jackson 38, North Miami Beach 21

Quinton Flowers fuels Jackson’s win against North Miami Beach

 

a1fernandez@miamiherald.com

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 game’s 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.

Jackson’s defense held NMB (0-1) in check early on led by senior Osband Thompson’s 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.

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