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Jags Whip Whitman 42-13

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.