After a lackluster first quarter against Gaithersburg on Friday night, filled with punts, fumbles, and penalties, the Northwest faithful may have had some doubts about their offense in the post-Mark Pierce era. While the Jaguars defense looked formidable forcing the Trojans to try a field goal early on in the Friday night’s season opener in Germantown.
The field goal would not end in points a bad snap would end the Trojans hopes of getting on the score board first.
In the second quarter, new Northwest quarterback junior Chris Craddock began to erase some of those doubts with a 40-yard pass to fellow junior Juwon Farri, which put the Jags deep into Trojan territory. Craddock would call his own number from the Gaithersburg one-yard line to give the Jags a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
The Northwest defense would come up big again after an interception put the Trojan offense deep in Jags territory. The stop allowed the Jags to take a 7-0 lead into halftime.
Gaithersburg began the second half by getting on the board. Trojan senior quarterback Tyler Woodward would complete a pass and earn a roughing the passer call combining in a 40 yard gain for Gaithersburg. The Trojans would score on nine-yard run by junior running back Sidrik Ofori. A two-point conversion would fail, but the Jags lead was cut to 7-6 early in the second half.
The Jags would be forced to punt, but on the next possession, the Jags would recover a Gaithersburg fumble to set up the game-winning score. Craddock would find junior receiver Jaylen Lawrence on a 26-yard touchdown pass to give the Jags a 14-6 lead with a little more than 2:00 minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Northwest would be set up for another touchdown with 10:18 remaining in the game after Juwon Farri scampered to the Gaithersburg five-yard line. An offensive pass interference call would negate a touchdown and move the Jags back. The Jags would stay on the ground and hand the ball to Farri for a 19-yard touchdown run. The point-after would be no good. The Jags led 20-6 with less than 10 minutes remaining.
The Jags would complete the scoring with a four-yard touchdown run from senior Khalil Owens, and kicker Nicholas Nicholas would complete the point-after to extend the lead to 27-6.
Next Friday, Gaithersburg will host the Watkins Mill Wolverines, who earned a 44-0 shutout victory over Frederick High School.
And the Jags will travel to cross-town rival Seneca Valley in the Battle for the Kings Trophy. Seneca Valley is coming off a 42-20 beating of Poolesville on Friday. The Jags lost last year’s Battle of Germantown 14-7 and will be looking to reclaim the Kings Trophy at Seneca Valley next week.
Top: Northwest running back Kahlil Owens (4) dives for extra yardage during Friday’s 27-6 victory over Gaithersburg.
Next: Northwest junior linebacker Justin Oren (56) lays a big hit on Gaithersburg’s Christopher Harris (8).
Next: The Jags Austin Riel (11) runs for extra yardage after catching a pass from Chris Craddock.
Photos by Mark Poetker for Germantown Pulse.