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Flowers threw for 3,599 yards and 41 touchdowns in his three seasons as a starter for the Bulls. It will be interesting to see how the Bengals use him, because Flowers had offers from Miami and other big schools to play running back, but he went to USF to continue playing quarterback.

Franks went to UCF as a linebacker, but he switched to defensive back prior to his sophomore season and then wide receiver after preseason camp. He played tight end his final two seasons and finished his career with 43 catches for 509 yards and two TDs.

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Congrats to FSU’s Chris Okoye on signing with NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals! Third Bulldog in two days to join a team and the SEVENTH former @FerrisFootball standout currently with an NFL organization!— Ferris Athletics (@ferrisathletics) April 29, 2018

Valley View coach Jay Niswonger was so impressed, he sent out video e-mails of the Colonel White nose tackle’s play. Even though his team buried Colonel White, Niswonger said Bobby — who had two tackles in his late-game appearance — was the talk of all the Spartans players afterward: “He was an inspiration to all of us. And I’ll tell you, our crowd really embraced him, too.”

Justin Dean, a recent Colonel White grad who now works as a Cougars sidelines assistant, was struck by that, as well: “Their crowd gave Bobby a standing ovation. There were some teary eyes. People could hardly believe what they were seeing. It’s like that wherever we go. We get off the bus and the other team just stands there looking. I guess it’s kind of weird to them. They’re trying to figure out just what Bobby’s all about, just what he can do.”

“Don’t try to tell Bobby he’s got no legs — don’t tell him he’s got a handicap — he just will not accept that,” Colonel White assistant coach Kerry Ivy said. “To be truthful, he’s a tough kid to coach because he expects to be playing — every play.”

Bobby is a regular on Colonel White’s punt return team — he gets downfield faster than a lot of the other players — and he sees spot duty, usually near the end of the game, as a backup nose tackle. He hates being relegated to the bench, a point he made clear in the final minutes of Colonel White’s 23-20 victory over Dunbar.

Bobby’s mom, Gloria Martin, said the Camaro that Bobby was driving is now parked. And that means her son’s primary mode of transportation is that special skateboard he’s rigged up. Balanced on the 12-by-18-inch board he’s bolted to two sets of wheels, Bobby navigates everything from the hallways of Colonel White to the sidewalks of downtown Dayton.

“At school they told him they’d put all his classes on the first floor, but he said, ‘I’m fine. I can get up the stairs like any other kid,’ ” Dean said. “He puts the board under his arm and hops up the stairs faster than most guys go with two legs.

“We went to eat at Roosters awhile back and the lady there looked at Bobby and said, ‘We have a ramp.’ When she said that, he got on his board, did a wheelie while doing a handstand, jumped off and was up the steps before she could say another word.”

And the name of the daredevil boarder fits him a lot better than the tag his dad put on him soon after he was born. At first Bobby was called Boo Hoo because he cried so much. And no wonder. Not only was he without legs and would need an occupational therapist to teach him how to roll over, but he required extensive corrective surgery to repair his underdeveloped lower tract areas. And, he was asthmatic.

“I don’t exactly know how it all happened,” said Gloria, an intake coordinator for Day-Mont Behavioral Health Care. “At first they said I had high blood, but that wasn’t it. They said it ended up the worst-case scenario of a regressive syndrome where your legs grow together.”

In the beginning, Bobby’s dad — Robert Martin Sr. — had a tough time accepting all this, and he and Gloria both have said that played a part in their separation. But in recent years he’s come around in his thinking, and as Gloria said, “he realizes how good Bobby really is.”

Martha Walker said Gloria did a good job fostering Bobby’s independence: “The Lord picked the right person to be his mother. My daughter did what I probably would not have. I was overprotective. With Bobby, I would have been too upset. I’d have been trying to shield him from the whole world and then he wouldn’t have learned to do anything for himself. But my daughter took things as they came and let him try everything.”

But once he got to high school, he strayed from sports and had brief stops at both Dunbar and Meadowdale. Neither of those worked out. At times he fell in with the wrong crowd — people more interested in the street than school — and the bad influences showed.

“Bobby always practices in shorts, so when he got his game pants, he looked over at Josh Tillman, our fullback, and said, ‘How do you tie these things up?’ Josh looked at him kind of strange and said, ‘The same way you tie up a pair of shoes.’

He learned quickly, and now when he takes the field, he’s dressed the same as his teammates except that his gold pants are cut off just a few inches below his belt line, and he wears black leather sports gloves to give his hands extra padding.

Against Dunbar, though, it was Bobby doing the smooshing. In the second quarter, he came barrelling downfield on a punt return and flattened the Wolverines’ 163-pound Troy Myers with a hit that was at best — you can’t hit below the waist — borderline legal. Once back at the bench, Bobby bellowed: “I ain’t playin’ with ’em out there. I’m hittin’ em!”

“All I’ve ever wanted for Bobby is for him to be the best man he could be,” she said softly. And sports-wise, that might not end with football. “He said he might wrestle again,” Dean said. “And now he’s talking about going out for track.” A grinning Ivy, shook his head: “Probably the long jump.”

Gennett’s defense sealed the win after the Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth against reliever Jared Hughes. Ryan McMahon, recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs earlier in the day, led off with his second single and Chris Iannetta doubled to put runners on second and third. Hughes walked pinch-hitter Carlos Gonzalez to load the bases, but got Charlie Blackmon to ground into a forceout at the plate for the first out.

Reds: RHP Anthony DeSclafani (left oblique strain) pitched in another rehab assignment for Triple-A Louisville on Friday night and appears closer to returning from the 60-day DL. “I think he’s got one more scheduled,” interim manager Jim Riggleman said. “His previous one was very strong, this one got hit around a little bit. That certainly happens on those rehabs. You never know what’s going to happen in those things.”

Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton settled for a triple leading off the seventh inning, but the speedster was eyeing more as he came around second. Third base coach Billy Hatcher put up the stop sign so Hamilton missed getting his first inside-the-park home run.