It wasn’t the 30.5 point average margin of victory the Jaguars have been accustomed to this season, but the 10-7 victory in the final seconds over Richard Montgomery was a thing of beauty to Northwest fans.
The Jags got some payback on the Rockets, for ending their season in the first round of the playoffs last year. The 8-2 Jags have advanced to play the rival 9-1 Quince Orchard Cougars in Darnestown on Friday.
Last Friday’s game in Germantown was low scoring, but a nail-biter for Jags fans. Both teams would play stout defense all game. Northwest got the scoring going in the first quarter. Jags senior quarterback Chris Craddock connected with Alphonso Foray on a 66-yard pass and run to put Northwest up 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Richard Montgomery would tie the game in the second quarter on a second down play from the Northwest 20-yard line. The Rockets’ senior quarterback Spencer Silverstein would fake the handoff and throw to senior wideout Daryn Alexander who caught it behind the defense at the goal line and ran in for a touchdown tying the game at seven points.
From there the defenses would take over, and both teams would be held scoreless. The Jags’ defense would stop a promising drive with an interception by Alphonso Foray at the Northwest 13-yard line.
The Jags would attempt a field goal later in the second quarter, which would be blocked by Richard Montgomery.
In the fourth quarter, Craddock would drive the Jags to the RM 22-yard line with 2:15 remaining in the game. However, the Rockets would pick up a Jag fumble and end the scoring threat.
On the next series, the Northwest defense would stop the Rockets at the Jags’ 34-yard line. The Jags took over on downs with 1:00 remaining in the game.
Craddock would throw a pass, and the Jags would move the ball down the RM 35-yard line. After a Craddock pass, the Jags had the ball on 13-yard line with 0:12 remaining. One play later, Northwest lined up for a 30-yard field goal with just 0:07 remaining in the game.
A pair of Northwest seniors awaited the snap, holder Rob McNamee, and kicker Luke Patterson. The snap went to McNamee, who got the ball down on the block. Patterson stepped up and put his foot through the ball, and it sailed through the uprights to give the Jags a 10-7 lead with just 0:04 left in the game.
The victory over Richard Montgomery allows the now 9-2 Jags to advance to play Quince Orchard, who blew out the 7-3 Einstein Titans 62-0 last Friday. The Cougars, now 10-1, defeated the Jags 38-29 in the Cougar Dome three weeks ago.
This Friday’s game will mark the fourth time in five years that the Jags and Cougars will play at QO in the 4A West Regional Final game. All three previous games saw the visiting Jags defeat QO, in 2015 by a score of 50-40, in 2014 by a score of 28-21, and in 2013 by a score of 28-20.
Friday’s game at Quince Orchard is scheduled for a 7:00 pm start.
Top: Northwest senior Alphonso Foray (2) races for the endzone after catching a pass from senior quarterback Chris Craddock to put the Jags up 7-0 in the first quarter.
Video: Craddock throws to Foray for the touchdown.
Next: Richard Montgomery’s Daryn Alexander catches the pass from fellow senior Spencer Silverstein to put the Rockets on the board.
Video: The Rockets senior quarterback finds Daryn Alexander for a touchdown.
Next: The Jags’ Alphonso Foray (2) get the interception to stop an RM scoring chance.
Next: Northwest’s senior running back Juwon Farri (1) rushes during Friday’s 10-7 victory.
Photos and videos by Germantown Pulse.