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Richard Montgomery Rocks Northwest Out of Postseason

The last time Northwest played Richard Montgomery, the Jags handed the Rockets their first and only loss of the season. The combination of four passing touchdowns from Northwest’s Chris Craddock and outstanding special teams play led to the 43-13 victory and grounded the Rockets.

On Friday night in Rockville, the two teams met again but with different results. The Richard Montgomery, a team that hadn’t won a playoff game in recent memory, defeated the Jags 28-13, using a combination of big offensive plays and a defense which stopped Northwest on five fourth-down attempts.

The Jags got the scoring started early, as Juwon Farri blasted a 60-yard touchdown run less than one minute into the contest to put the Jags up 7-0 after the kick by Luke Patterson.

But the Rockets would answer quickly on their first possession, as senior running back Tyler Hebron would dive into the endzone from four-yards out to tie the game at 7-7 early.

With both teams getting into the endzone early, the game seemed to settle, and both defenses went to work. The Jags would stop a Rockets drive after Khalil Owens intercepted a Spencer Silverstein pass. However, Northwest could not convert and was stopped on fourth down.

Failure to convert on fourth down would become a recurring theme for the Jags in the game. The Rockets were able to end Jaguars drives on fourth down on five separate occasions.

Northwest would get the ball back on a defensive play by junior DB Luke Patterson would force Richard Montgomery to punt. The Jags would take over on their own nine-yard-line. Two plays later Farri, the junior running back, would take off on his second long scoring run of the game — a 96-yard touchdown to put the Jags back on top 13-7 with 7:33 remaining the in the first half. The extra-point attempt would be blocked by the Rockets.

However, Northwest would not hold the lead for long. It would be the senior running back, Hebron who would find daylight and run for a 70-yard touchdown to give the Rockets their first lead of the game, 14-13 after the kick by Juver Diaz. The Rockets would take a one-point lead into halftime.

Richard Montgomery had won the coin toss but deferred to the second half, which allowed them the opportunity to start with the ball and extend their slim lead. And that is exactly what they did. The Rockets started at their own 27 and few plays and 11-yards later Hebron scored his third long touchdown of the game, a 62-yard run from the RM 38-yard line. The kick was good, and the Rockets led 21-13 with 9:55 left in the game.