The 2-1 Northwest Jaguars traveled to Bethesda on Friday night to face the 2-1 Whitman Vikings and came away with a 42-13 victory after a sluggish first half. However, Jags defense forced five turnovers — one fumble and four interceptions as Northwest improved to 3-1.
The Vikes to control the ball for much of the quarter putting together a long drive eating aided on a fake punt on fourth and five. Whitman’s senior quarterback Matt Clayton orchestrated a drive which saw the Vikings eat up 8:37 of the first quarter. The drive ended with a 13-yard quarterback sweep by Clayton on fourth down for the first points of the game. The point-after kick would miss, but Whitman jumps out to a 6-0 lead on a drive that saw the Jags allowing Whitman to make four fourth-down conversions.
On the ensuing drive, the Jags would show their offensive prowess taking just 40 seconds to score on three pass plays, after a Whitman onside kick did not go 10-yards giving Northwest great field position at their own 48-yard line. Northwest quarterback Chris Craddock threw three passes, at 15-yarder to Juwon Farri, another 15-yarder to Alphonso Foray, and a 22-yard touchdown strike to Farri. Nicholas Nicholas would add the extra point, and the Jags led 7-6 with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.
The Northwest defense would turn up the heat on the second Whitman drive, stopping in on the first play forcing a fumble on the Whitman 25 yard line. However, the Jags offense would give the ball right back as Whitman’s Jack McClelland would step in front of a Chris Craddock pass at the 7-yard line.
The teams would trade turnovers, with each defense picking up an interception. The Jags would get their second pick when Tyrese Johnson grabbed a Matt Clayton pass at the goal line.
Northwest would drive the length of the field with runs from sophomore Jaylen Lawrence and senior Khalil Owens. The drive would end with 24-yard touchdown pass from Craddock to Farri, for their second hookup of the game. Northwest led 14-6.
The Vikings would threaten late in the second quarter moving the ball with a halfback option pass from Clayton to junior receiver Ducan Jui which cover 40 yards and gave Whitman a first-and-ten at the Jags five yard-line. However, the Jags defense would hold and force a field goal which would sail wide as the half came to an end.
The second half would be all Northwest as the Jags’ senior running back Khalil Owens reasserted his presence with two touchdowns in the second half. The first was a 13-yard run which put the Jags up 21-6 with 2:06 left in the third quarter. The second was set up by a 60-yard pass from Craddock to Foray, in which Foray took a pass over the middle and scampered down to the Whitman 11 yard line. Owens would seal the deal powering up the middle for his second touchdown.
The Vikings would score with 11:26 left in the game set up by a pass to the one-yard line. The cut the lead to 21-13.
The Jags would score again in the fourth after the defense came up with the third interception of the game. Alphonso Foray snatched a pass to give the Jags in good field position at the Whitman 40 yard line. The Jags would convert on a run by Juwon Farri to increase the lead to 35-13. Northwest’s Jaylen Lawrence would complete the scoring with a three-yard run for a touchdown late in the game to give the Jags a 42-13 victory.
The Jags now 3-1, will host 4-0 Sherwood next Friday at the Black Hole in Germantown. Sherwood is coming off a 43-7 beating of Springbrook and has been averaging 44.4 points per game in the four victories.
Top: Northwest junior Juwon Farri (8) takes a Chris Craddock pass 24 yards for the Jags’ second touchdown of the game. Farri would score three touchdowns in the Jags 42-13 victory over Whitman.
Next: The Jags secondary came up big with four interceptions. Senior defensive back Wesley McCormick (7) breaks up a pass from Whitman’s Matt Clayton (1) to Jack McClelland (15) early in the game.
Next: Northwest junior Alphonso Foray (2) racks up yards-after-catch as he eludes Whitman’s Owen Roegge (2) for a first down during the Jags’ first offensive drive.
Next: Northwest senior running back Khalil Owens (4) ran for two touchdowns in the 42-13 victory over Whitman.
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