By Kevin O'Rourke
The defending state champs take their seven-game win streak, going back to last season, on the road to Richard Montgomery High School. The Jaguars come off a home drubbing of Magruder last week, 43-0.
However Coach Michael Neubeiser is looking for better effort from the defending champs, "We are looking forward to having the opportunity to get back on the game field and correct some of the mistakes we made last week. As a team we made too many mistakes. We could have tackled better and swarmed to the ball more on defense. Offensively, our line played well but our receivers dropped too many balls."
"Magruder came in last week and executed a very sound game plan," said Neubeiser, "making it difficult for us to get in a groove offensively. First year Head Coach Fowle is doing an excellent job at Magruder.They were fundamentally sound and played with a lot of enthusiasm and effort. They are going to surprise some people and turn that program around quickly."
Northwest quarterback Mark Pierce got the scoring started, last week, with a pass to wide receiver Jamar Wilson in the first quarter to put the Jags up 7-0. Northwest’s offense dominated the first half, and really the entire game. The Jags would add two more touchdowns in the first half, and the damage was done. Later, Northwest junior linebacker Caleb Gills blocked a punt, the ball was picked up by the Jags’ Troy Lefeged who returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. The Jags tacked on two more with a two-point conversion run by EJ Lee, to go up 29-0 near the two-minute mark in the first half. In the third quarter, Lee would add a 73-yard touchdown run and short yardage touchdown run by Shyheim Wright to complete the blowout.
Northwest hopes to continue that success against the Rockets, but Coach Neubeiser says his team will be tested. "Richard Montgomery has some very good athletes and they are well coached so this will be a good test for us," said Nuebeiser. "They run a more conventional offense than we saw last week so it will be a good test for our defense. Their quarterback is a good athlete with a strong arm. Hopefully we can rise to the challenge and eliminate the mental errors that plagued us last week."
Neubeiser, coached with Richard Montgomery Head Coach Josh Klotz for three years at Quince Orchard High School, said Klotz is doing a tremendous job of building the program at Richard Montgomery.
The Jags have a 7-1 lifetime record against the Rockville high school. Indeed, the Jags have bested the Rockets 34-13 and 54-20 in the last two seasons and have not lost to Richard Montgomery since November 2005. The Rockets come into this game after a 46-33 loss to Rockville last week.
Caption: Senior defensive end Omari Goddard in last week's win over Magruder.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.