The Jags came out swinging against the rival Quince Orchard Cougars on Friday night scoring on the first play from scrimmage, but the denizens of the Cougar Dome came back and handed Northwest their second defeat of the season.
The Jags and senior quarterback Chris Craddock struck first with an 80-yard pass and catch to junior A.J. Woods on their first play of the game, to stake Northwest to a seven point early lead.
Both teams came into the game with one loss, at the hands of private schools. Quince Orchard lost to Bullis in by one point, 42-41 in overtime back on Sept. 22, and Northwest lost a road game to Good Counsel 58-21 on Sept. 28.
The Cougars answered the Jags opening salvo with a drive culminating with a three-yard touchdown run by Marquez Cooper to tie the game 7-7 with 8:33 left in the first quarter.
The next Northwest drive ended with a punt, but the Jags got the ball back by recovering a QO fumble. The Jags would convert the turnover into three points with a 35-yard field goal by Alphonzo Foray with 2:35 left in the opening quarter.
The Northwest defense would come up with another stop early in the second quarter, setting up, Craddock and the offense to put together a scoring drive ending with a 10 yard touchdown pass to senior Noval Black to make it 17-7 Jags with 11:08 left in the opening quarter.
Quince Orchard would not give up, scoring on the next drive. The Cougar’s senior quarterback Doc Bonner scored on a run from the two-yard line to cut the lead to 17-14 with 8:18 remaining in the first half.
The Cougars would score again after blocking a Northwest punt set their offense up with a short field to the endzone to take the lead 21-17.
Quince Orchard would step in front of a Craddock pass and once again have great field position. The Cougars would score on a five-yard pass from Bonner to Marquez to extend the lead to 28-17. QO would tack on three points, with three second remaining in the half on a 27-yard field goal from Evan Judge. The Cougars led 31-17 at halftime.
In the second half the Jags managed another touchdown to cut the lead to 31-23, but Bonner put the game away with a 35-yard touchdown pass to Elijah Payne to make it 38-23.
Northwest would tack on one more score, a three-yard quarterback keeper by Craddock bu the two-point conversion would fail. That score capped the scoring at 38-29, as a late interception by QO would seal the win for the Cougars.
Quince Orchard improved to 8-1 with the victory and will travel to 1-8 Gaithersburg next Friday. Gaitherburg is coming off a 38-26 loss to Watkins Mill. The Wolverines first ever victory over the Trojans.
Northwest drops to 7-2 and will host 3-6 B-CC in Germantown next Friday. The Barons are coming off a 28-0 loss to 2-7 Whitman last Friday.
Top: Northwest’s senior quarterback Chris Craddock (12) is tackled by the QO defense during Friday’s 38-29 victory by QO.
Next: Northwest’s Juwon Farri (1) tiptoes along the sideline.
Photos by Mark Poetker.