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Northwest 7-3 to Play RM in Playoffs; Seneca Misses Postseason Despite 8-2 Record

On Friday night, Northwest rolled over Wootton 53-18, with a dominating performance led a defense that had four interceptions for touchdowns, while Seneca Valley also closed out its season with a 25-13 victory over Gaithersburg. The Northwest Jags finish the regular season 7-3 in the 4A West, while the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles finished with a record of 8-2 in the 3A West. The Jags are the third seed in the 4A North playoffs, and the Eagles did not make the playoffs.

The victory over Wootton secured a playoff spot for Northwest; they will face second-seeded Richard Montgomery, who finished the season 9-1, the only loss a 46-13 defeat at the hands of the Jags on Oct. 14.

However, on Friday night the Jags weren’t thinking about the playoffs, they were focused on the Wootton Patriots. The Jags got the scoring started with a 60-yard run by Juwon Farri to go up 6-0, and on the next possession, Khalil Owens scored on 25-yard run. The Owens’ run was set up by a 20-yard pass from Chris Craddock which flew through the hands of one receiver and into the waiting hands of Norval Black. Northwest led 12-0. Owens would score a second rushing touchdown later in the game.

Faced with a 12-point deficit early, Wootton turned to their quarterback Grant Saylor and the passing game, which had allowed the Patriots to move the ball early. The Jags’ Owens would grab a Grant Saylor pass and return it 18-yards for a touchdown. It was the first of four pick-sixes for the Northwest defense. Senior linebacker would have two pick-sixes. The first was a 67-yard return and the second was s 77-yard return for a touchdown.

The victory over Wootton coupled with the Blair loss to Damascus on Friday moved the Jags from the fourth seed to the third seed and set up the first round rematch at Richard Montgomery.

While the Jags were having a pick-six party, the Screamin’ Eagles were battling in hopes of landing the fourth spot in the 3A West playoffs. With just two losses, Seneca needed to beat Gaithersburg and needed help from teams in Frederick County to get a spot in the playoffs.

The Eagles took care of business with a 25-13 victory over the Trojans. Seneca led 12-7 at halftime on touchdowns b