Jags Head into Playoffs After Final Regular Season Victory
Head Coach Mike Neubeiser and the Northwest Jaguars knew they had a playoff date at the end of this week as they headed into last Friday’s game with Barons of Bethesda Chevy-Chase High School. As a result, the Jags took to opportunity to rest some their key starters for the game, which Northwest won 52-0 in Germantown on Friday.
The Jags who are 8-2 after beating BCC last week will host 7-3 the Richard Montgomery Rockets on Friday, Nov. 10 in a first-round playoff game. These two teams met last year in the first-round in Rockville, and the Rockets knocked the Jags out of the playoffs with a 28-13 victory.
Northwest came from behind to beat RM 48-24 in Germantown four weeks ago to hand Richard Montgomery their third loss of the season. The Rockets also have a road loss to Sherwood 42-18 on September 22, and a 21-9 home loss to Paint Branch in the second game of the season on September 8. The Jags two losses are at the hands of Quince Orchard and Good Counsel.
The Jags had no problem with BCC last Friday, even with first-string running back Juwon Farri in street clothes and starting quarterback Chris Craddock dressed but not playing, the Jags offense managed to put up 24 points. The Northwest special teams and defensive units accounted for 14 points each.
Backup quarterback junior Jack Anders got the scoring started on the Jags third play from scrimmage with a 58-yard touchdown pass to senior Alphonso Foray to give Northwest a 7-0 lead early in the first period.
The Jags would score again before the offense touched the ball as junior Isaiah Bishop blocked a Barons’ punt and picked the ball and ran it 24-yards to the end zone to extend the lead to 14-0.
The second quarter scoring looked almost identical to the first quarter scoring, as Anders connected with senior Norval Black for a 34-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 21-0.
Bishop would repeat the punt-block/score play in the second quarter, getting the Jags 14 points from special teams, and extending the lead to 28-0.
The Jaguars defense got on the board with a pick-six touchdown, as defensive back junior A.J. Woods stepped in front of a pass and scampered 30-yards into the end zone. Northwest would tack on three more points thanks to a 34-yard field goal by Alphonso Foray. The Jags led 38-0, at halftime.
In the second half, junior defensive back Yannick Gouanette would scoop up a fumble and run 53-yards for a touchdown to put the Jags up 45-0. In the fourth quarter, freshman quarterback Will Herrington threw a touchdown to sophomore receiver Devon Bullard to cap the scoring at 52-0.
The Jags will host Richard Montgomery next week in the first round 4A West playoff matchup. The Rockets are 7-3 and coming off a 38-13 home victory over Montgomery Blair last Friday night. The other game in the 4A West will have the 7-3 Einstein Titans traveling to 9-1 Quince Orchard on Friday night.
In other playoff news, in the 3A West division, the 5-5 Watkins Mill High School Wolverines have made the post season and will travel to face the 9-1 Westminster Owls, while 7-3 the Blake Bengals will travel to 8-2 Linganore Lancers in Frederick County on Friday night.
In the monstrously tough 2A West division the two-time defending Maryland State Champion, the unbeaten Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets will host 8-2 Liberty High School from Carroll County. The other game in the 2A West sees 10-0 Walkersville hosting 9-1 Oakdale on Friday night.
Top: Junior quarterback Jack Anders (17) throws a second-quarter touchdown pass to senior receiver Norval Black (3) during Friday’s 52-0 victory.
Video: Northwest got the scoring started early.
Next: Senior cornerback Tray Dawkins (25) takes down a Bethesda Chevy-Chase running back.
Next: Senior wide-out Alphonso Foray (2) runs for a touchdown after catching a pass early in the first-quarter to give the Jags’ the early lead.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.