Blair Blazes Northwest in Comeback Victory
After last week’s emotional victory over cross-town rival Seneca Valley to win the King’s Trophy, Northwest faced a challenge on Friday against an unbeaten Montgomery Blair team. The Blazers came to Germantown and pressured the Jags through the air resulting in a 40-36 come-from-behind fourth-quarter victory over Northwest.
The Jaguars started strong, with senior running back Kahlil Owens, dominating the first four plays of the game. He covered 65 yards for a touchdown during the Jags’ opening drive of the game. The drive ended when Owens took the ball the final four yards to the endzone behind senior lineman Cole Cheripko. The Jags were up 7-0.
Blair came to The Black Hole with two wins under their belts, a 35-0 shutout of Northwood on opening weekend, and a 42-12 victory over BCC last week. Northwest would be the first real test for the Blazers who finished last season with a 6-4 in the regular season to make the playoffs but lost to Quince Orchard. Last year, the Blazers were facing the Jags with the exact same record with victories over the same teams, but last year in the third week Northwest beat them 58-23.
But that was last year.
This year senior quarterback Desmond Colby would throw four touchdowns in the Blazers fourth-quarter victory, but it didn’t start well for Blair. The Blazers got on the board early after, what could have a disastrous opening drive. After moving the ball into Northwest territory, Colby’s pass was intercepted by junior Tyrese Johnson, and it looked to many like Northwest was ready to roll the Blazers. But, Johnson would lose the handle on the ball, and Blair’s Matt Stiff would recover the fumble. The Blazers recovered and would resume their drive. Ending with Colby’s first touchdown pass of the night. Game tied at 7-7.
Blair would score again as senior running back Eric Zokouri would score the first two touchdowns to put the Blazers up 14-7 with 9:20 left in the first half.
Northwest would not go easy. Jags quarterback Chris Craddock found Khalil Owens for a 53-yard pass to set up Owens’ second touchdown of the game, a three-yard run to even the score at 14-apiece with 6:13 left in the half.
The Blazers Colby would answer less than 30-seconds later, finding senior fullback Anthony Aquino over the middle for a 36-yard touchdown pass to put Blair back on top 21-14 with 5:52 remaining in the half.
The Jags would answer with a 17-yard touchdown run by junior Juwon Farri to tie the game 21-21 with 3:10 remaining in the half, but the Blazers were not done. Colby would throw a screen pass on third and eight, to Eric Zokouri,