Northwest Grounds High Flying Rockets
Emotions were high as the previously unbeaten Richard Montgomery Rockets came into Jaguar territory wanting to remain undefeated. It was not to be as the 3-2 Jaguars were able to redeem themselves with a 29-12 homecoming night victory, after the 16-13 loss to Sherwood last week.
After a 90-minute delay due to a line of thunder and lightning storms barreled through County delaying or, in some cases cancelling games, the Jags struck fast, within the first minute of the game, the forth snap of the football to be exact. Northwest’s Ty Richardson from sacked Richard Montgomery’s sophomore quarterback Spencer Silverstein, for a Safety, and suddenly Northwest has the momentum for the game and is in control. Jags lead 2-0.
Northwest’s junior running back Khalil Owens ran 4 yards for a touchdown near the end of the opening quarter to put the Jags up 9-0.
Mark Pierce seems to be finding his comfort level with a new crop of receivers, and it showed against Richard Montgomery. Pierce threw three touchdowns in the game. He found senior J.J. Funez twice – both times for 26 yard touchdowns in the second quarter. The senior Jaguar quarterback later threw a 28-yard touchdown strike to sophomore Alphonso Foray in the third quarter.
The young Jags team continues to make mistakes, but great improvement has been made over the past weeks. The Northwest Jaguars are beginning to resemble the defending state champions that they are.
Richard Montgomery High School Rockets just simply dominated by the Northwest defense. Too many errors, turnovers and interceptions lead to a 22-0 mid third quarter score. The Rockets were just beginning to move down field, but it was the size and speed of Northwest that blocked both field goals, holding the Rockets to only 12 points by the end of the third, and scoreless in the fourth quarter.
Next week, Northwest will travel to play bitter rival Quince Orchard. The Cougars are 5-1 this season and are coming off a 49-13 victory over 1-5 Churchill on Friday night.
Top: Northwest’s senior quarterback Mark Pierce (11) scrambles for positive yardage during Friday’s 29-12 victory over Richard Montgomery.
Next: The Jags junior wide receiver Reggie Anderson (1) finds some open field after making the catch.
Next: Northwest’s sophomore receiver J.J. Funez (13) grabs one of his two touchdown passes in Friday night’s win.
Photos by Mark Poetker for the Germantown Pulse.