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Cougars Outlast Jaguars 24-21

For the third year in a row, the Northwest Jags have fallen to their bitter rival Quince Orchard in their yearly regular season match up. That Cougars outlasted the Jags, on Friday night to 24-21.

The Jags were forced to play catch-up all night after allowing Quince Orchard to jump out to 7-0 lead on 50-yard pass from senior quarterback Doc Bonner in the first quarter. Bonner would score again in the second quarter on a 40-yard designed sweep to stake the Cougars to a 14-0 lead.

The interception of a Chris Craddock pass would lead to a field goal by senior QO kicker Hayden August just before halftime. The three points would be the difference in the game and give the Red Army a 17-0 lead going into halftime

The Jags wasted no time getting on the board in the second half as Craddock found Alphonso Foray over the middle on a short route, and the junior receiver broke a few tackles and scampered to the endzone cut the lead to 17-6. A two-point conversion pass from Rob McNamee would further cut the lead to 17-8.

However, the Cougars were not done, as senior receiver Fofie Bazzie sprinted for a 50-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 24-8 in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The Jags would put together a drive including a 38-yard pass from Craddock to Norval Black, which moved the ball inside the Quince Orchard 20-yard line. Two tough runs from Kahlil Owens would move the ball to the 1-yard line, and Craddock would dive over the goalline on a quarterback sneak to cut the lead to 24-14. The two-point conversion attempt would fail.

The ensuing Quince Orchard drive was ended when Northwest’s senior linebacker Sam Pagella picked off a Doc Bonner pass near midfield. The Jags were mounting a comeback.

Craddock would find Black for another long gainer of 17 yards. And another pass, this time to Owens, moved the ball 14-yards. Craddock would find Black on two consecutive passes to move the ball inside the 10-yard line. Owens would score on the next play with a nifty little run up the middle to make it a three-point game with 2:06 remaining.

The Jags would attempt an unsuccessful on-side kick, and QO would march down to the Northwest two-yard line forcing the Jags to burn their time-outs, before converting on fourth-and-one from the two-yard line. Once they got the first down, Bonner took two knees, and the game was over.

The loss drops the Jags to 4-3 on the season. They will be home to face 1-6 Churchill who are coming off their first win of the season, a 29-13 victory over Bethesda Chevy-Chase on Friday. While Quince Orchard, now 6-1 will be home to play 2-5 BCC, coming off their loss to Churchill.


Top: Northwest’s Alphonso Foray (2) sprints to the endzone after catching a pass from quarterback Chris Craddock for the Jags first touchdown of the game.

Next: Quince Orchard’s Doc Bonner (10) ran for one touchdown and threw for another. Here is tackled by Northwest’s Sam Pagella (52) and Tyrese Johnson (14).

Next: The Cougars Fofie Bazzie (1) extended the lead with a 50-yard catch and run.

Next: Northwest’s senior linebacker gave the Jags faithful hope by intercepting a pass in the fourth quarter which led to a touchdown by Kahlil Owens.

Video: Northwest senior Kahlil Owens (4) powers 10 yards to the endzone to bring the Jags within three points with 2:06 remaining in the game.

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