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Northwest Opens Season with Victory at Wootton

It may not have started pretty for Northwest’s senior quarterback Chris Craddock on Friday night versus Wootton, but it ended pretty darn good. The Jags defeated the Patriots 53-36 as Northwest began its 2017 campaign.

Wootton drew first blood as junior Alex Yassin intercepted a Craddock pass and returned it 18 yards for the touchdown, the kick would fail, but the defensive play would give the Patriots an early 6-0 lead.

Craddock would make up for that one mistake. He would go on to throw five touchdown passes in the win. The first was a 25-yard scoring strike to senior wide-out Norval Black. The kick would be good, and the Jags would take a 7-6 lead.

He would follow it up on the next Jags drive with an eight-yard touchdown to senior running back Juwon Farri to extend the Jags lead. The Jags never looked back. Wootton would get on the board and make a game of it, but the Jags would not relinquish the lead.

It would be Farri extending the lead again with a two-yard run from scrimmage to make the score 19-6 at halftime.

The Jags would pour on the scoring in the second half, right from the kickoff, as Farri took the kick 85 yards to the end zone to further extend the Northwest lead to 26-6.

In the third quarter, Wootton would find some offense scoring back-to-back touchdowns. First with a screen pass from quarterback Grant Saylor to Mike Amobi to cut the lead to 26-14. Saylor would orchestrate another touchdown pass with a 66-yard catch and run to cut the Northwest lead to six, 26-20.

But Northwest and Chris Craddock would answer back with a 28-yard touchdown pass to Alphonso Foray to extend the lead to 32-20 with 1:48 remaining in the third quarter. The Jags would score again after a big screen pass from Craddock to junior Andrew Howard, who followed his blockers to bring the ball inside the Wootton five-yard line. After the touchdown, the Jags lead 39-20.

The Jags and Patriots would trade touchdowns in the middle of the fourth, but the Jags would put the cap on the game after Northwest senior Matt Berman intercepted a pass and ran it back inside the Wootton five, which set up a touchdown run by Ajahni Terry to give the Jags a 53-28 lead. Wootton would score once more to cut the margin of victory to 53-36.

Northwest will host the Walter Johnson Wildcats in Germantown next Friday. The Wildcats eked out one point double-overtime 28-27 victory over Poolesville on Friday night.


Top: Northwest senior quarterback Chris Craddock threw five touchdown passes in Friday night’s season opening win over Wootton.

Video: Chris Craddock connects with Juwon Farri for a 9-yard touchdown. The Jags led Wootton 13-6 with 6:43 left in the 2nd quarter.

Next: Northwest’s Tray Dawkins (25), Matt Berman (28), and Alphonso Foray (2) tackle Wootton’s running back Matt Amobi (1).

Video: Juwon Farri (1) scores again to extend the lead over Wootton to 19-6 with 2:22 remaining in the 2nd quarter.

Next: The Jaguars Juwon Farri (1) runs the ball. Wootton’s Nashon Plummer (22) attempts the tackle.

Next: Northwest sophomore Isiah Williams with the carry during Friday’s victory at Wootton.

Photos by Mark Poetker. Videos courtesy Northwest principal Jimmy D’Andrea.

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