The Walter Johnson Wildcats came into the Black Hole in Germantown feeling pretty good. The ‘Cats started their season with a double-overtime victory over Poolesville last week.
That good feeling didn’t last long after the Wildcats were introduced to Jaguars senior running back Juwon Farri, who ran for 238 yards and four touchdowns in Friday night’s home opener at Northwest. The Jags tamed the Wildcats 48-13 in front of a large and loud Northwest crowd.
Farri scored on the Jags’ first possession as senior quarterback Chris Craddock marched the Northwest 52 yards to the Walter Johnson one-yard line. Craddock handed the ball to Farri who ran in for the first of his four touchdowns.
On the next possession, at Wildcats’ fumble was picked up by Northwest’s Matthew Berman, which led to Farri’s second touchdown, an 85-yard sprint to put the Jags up 14-0 with 4:10 left in the first quarter.
In the second quarter, WJ would answer back, with a 74-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Josh Forburger to senior receiver Aziz Diomande to cut the Northwest lead to 14-7.
However, Farri and Jags were not done. The senior back would score twice more in the first half, a two-yard plunge and 26-yard carry to pay-dirt expanding the Northwest lead to 27-7 at halftime. The Jags would miss the kick on Farri’s fourth touchdown.
“Our running game was good,” said Northwest Head Coach Mike Neubeiser after the game. “Juwon ran the ball really hard and did a great job.”
The Jags defense shut down the Wildcats’ running game. WJ runners had just 20 yards rushing in the game. “Our defensive front rushed pretty hard and did a good job up there,” said Neubeiser.
However, WJ’s quarterback, Forburger, hurt Northwest through the air completing 12 of 18 passes for 270 yards, and two long touchdowns. However, the Jags did grab two interceptions.
“We were cleaner overall with fewer penalties than last week,” said Neubieser, “but we still have some issues with execution. The only way to address that is with practice and repetition. We need to be like clockwork, and we are not there yet. We are thinking about things instead of just doing them.”
In the second half, Craddock got on the score board running to for two touchdowns in the third quarter, a ten-yard scamper and a one-yard plunge to put the game completely out of reach at 42-7.
The Wildcats would score again late in the fourth quarter on another long pass and run. However, Northwest’s Norval Black would run back the ensuing kickoff to the endzone to end the scoring at 48-13.
The Jags will host cross-two rivals Seneca Valley for the annual Battle for the King’s Trophy. Both teams are 2-0 this season. Seneca is coming off a 42-2 pounding of Gaithersburg. “That is a huge game,” said Neubeiser. “We saw some film on them. They are a fast team, and they have some playmakers.”
Top: Northwest’s senior running back Juwon Farri (1) ran for 238 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Jags taming of the Walter Johnson Wildcats on Friday night.
Next: Jags senior quarterback Chris Craddock (12) ran for two touchdowns in the second half.
Next: Senior Noval Black (3) with the interception of the Wildcat’s pass in the third quarter.
Next: Junior Andrew Howard (13) runs for some hard yards during Friday’s victory.
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