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Northwest Dispatches Richard Montgomery to Force Rematch with Quince Orchard

The Northwest Jaguars sent a message to the other teams in the 4A West playoffs from the very first play from scrimmage in Friday’s opening round game of the playoffs at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. The message was, “We are still the two-time defending State Champs.”

The message as sent via a 74-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mark Pierce to junior receiver Reggie Anderson in one snap of the ball. The Jags took control and never looked back, up 7-0.

The game marked Richard Montgomery’s first appearance in the post-season in 10 years. The Rockets posted a 9-1 record this year, with their only loss coming at the hands of Northwest 29-12 on Oct. 9. Northwest improved to 8-3 with Friday’s 33-21 victory over the Rockets and set up a rematch with Quince Orchard, who blew-out Blair 48-17 on Friday.

The Jags will travel to QO next Friday, the site of the Jags most recent defeat, a 28-7 loss to Quince Orchard on Oct. 16. The QO Cougars are now 10-1 with a 39-17 season-opening loss to Damascus as the only back mark on an otherwise perfect season.

However, last Friday the Jags weren’t thinking about Quince Orchard they were focused on getting past Richard Montgomery. And few were as focused as Mark Pierce, who threw for two touchdowns and ran for a third before the first quarter was over. Pierce hit Anderson on the first play of the game and later would throw a touchdown strike to senior tight end Zeke Gandy to extend the lead to 13-0. The PAT would fail.