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Northwest Bests Clarksburg On Wrong Route Pass Play


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By Kevin O’Rourke

In what was one of the most exciting football games in Montgomery County this season, the Northwest Jaguars were able to keep their perfect season intact thanks to a wide receiver running the wrong route.

The Jags were able to out gun the Clarksburg Coyotes 44-34, thanks in large part to Jamar Wilson running the wrong receiving route on a fourth-and 10 play from the Clarksburg 18-yard-line. As Northwest quarterback Mark Pierce dropped back to pass he threw the ball to the end zone and Wilson seemed to materialize out of thin air to haul in the touchdown pass. It was Wislon’s third touchdown pass of the game.

“He ran the wrong route,” laughed Northwest Head Coach Michael Neubesier after the victory. “But he ended up in the right spot, it just worked out for us and we got lucky on that one.”

Wilson’s touchdown, which came with 3:46 left in the game, would put the game finally out of reach.

The game began with an E.J. Lee 70-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage and the feeling in The Canyon at Clarksburg High School was that Northwest was back to business as usual. However, the Coyotes had other plans.

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On the next possession, Clarksburg senior quarterback Joe Nacci would sprint 56 yards to the Northwest 20 yard-line. A Northwest personal foul would move the ball to the five-yard line. Nacci would keep the ball and score to tie game 7-7 with 9:46 left in the first. It was just the third touchdown the Jags had given up all season.

Indeed, this game would see the Jags defense, which has been very stingy all season, give up 34 points. “They were definitely tested tonight,” said Neubeiser. “Clarksburg is a good football team and they played well offensively. They really exposed us a little bit, we missed tackles and we played sloppily on defense.”

Both offenses would trade punts, before Northwest would strike again with a 55-yard pass from Mark Pierce to Jamar Wilson, for his first on the night.

The next Clarksburg possession would end with a two yard run from scrimmage to tie the game. The score was set up by a drive which was helped by two Northwest penalties. The Coyote drive had stalled at the Northwest 40-yard line, but another unsportsmanlike conduct penalty gave Clarksburg a first-and-10 at the Jags 25-yard line. Northwest held and forced the Coyotes to try a field goal, which was no good, but a roughing the kicker penalty gave Clarksburg a fresh set of downs on the Northwest doorstep. Clarksburg would tie the game at 14 with a three-yard touchdown run.