The Northwest Jaguars didn’t spend too much time licking the wounds at practice this week. They got right down to business and proved why they are two-time defending state champs. They traveled to Silver Spring to take on the Montgomery Blair Blazers. Coming off a disappointing home loss to Seneca Valley, the Jags were looking for payback. They were ready to redeem themselves, and redeem they did, putting together an impressive 58 - 23 road victory.
Northwest capitalized and came out of the gate early in the game with a pass for a touchdown to junior receiver Reggie Anderson. This first series really set the tone for most of the game.
Blair’s first series ended almost as soon as it began as senior corner Martin Foray intercepted a pass and ran it 27 yards into the end zone. Suddenly, Jags are up 13 - 0 in the first quarter.
By first quarter’s end the Jaguars had an impressive 27 - 0 lead over the Blazers. Unfortunately the mistakes which have been getting the Jags into trouble this season started showing up again on offense and defense. This young rebuilding team showed itself tonight. The Jaguars gave up 21 points, and gave up a lot of yardage throughout the game to errors and tempers.
Pierce would find Anderson again for another touchdown pass, to put the Jags up 27-0.
Blair would put together a drive and find the end zone early in the second quarter. And then Northwest would add to their momentum, with a fumble. The fumble cost the Jags, as three plays later Blair was once again in the end zone and a 27 point Northwest lead had shrunk to just 13.
The most notable mistakes were two interceptions in the second quarter, which gave the Blazer’s life. However, the Blazers would only convert on one as Blair’s quarterback, Colby Desmond, ran the ball to the end zone under duress, for a touchdown.
The Jags would get on the board again as the half came to a close as Mark Pierce would hit sophomore Alphonso Foray for his second a touchdown pass of the game as the final seconds of the half ticked off. Pierce and Foray also hooked up for a long pass in the first quarter, which put the Jags up 20-0.
The halftime score of 37-20 was the closest the Blazers came to a rally in the game. They did show a few glimpses of attempting to get some momentum. Montgomery Blair attempted a two point conversion but was unsuccessful as the play called dead by a penalty flag against the Blazers.
Fortunately, the Jags regrouped in the second half and committed fewer mistakes. This young team, has many potential stars. While quarterback Mark Pierce is already among the best in the state, sophomore receiver Alfonso Foray, junior running back Khalil Owens, and junior wide-out DeJaun Cooper are showing they can run with the big dogs.
On the other side of the ball, the Jags defense held a Blazers team which had scored 48 and 53 points in previous games to only 23 points in 48 minutes of play. The Jags defense is also responsible for putting 21 points on the board. Three defensive standouts were senior defensive lineman Mervin Janet and junior linebacker Sam Pagella.
The 2-1 Jags will be back home in Germantown next week hosting 1-2 Whitman next week, who beat 0-3 Einstein 54-41 on Friday night.
Top: Northwest’s Reggie Anderson (1) takes and Mark Pierce pass to the house to begin the scoring for the Jags on Friday night versus the Blair Blazers.
Next: Marvin Foray (2) steps in front of a Blazer pass and returns the ball 26-yards for to give the Jags a two touchdown lead early in the first quarter.
Next: Khalil Owens (4) runs the ball for a gain.
Photos by Mark Poetker for the Germantown Pulse