The Jaguars tangled with the Patriots in the season opener on Friday night, but Mother Nature would not allow the game to continue, sending torrential rain and flashing lightning down around the Black Hole at Northwest High School. The next morning the Jags came out rested and ran all over the Patriots to win 35-22.
The Jags were in good shape, an interception by senior defensive back Roderick James allowed Northwest to get the ball down to the Wootton 12 yard-line, and then the lightning flashed, and play was halted. The weather stopped the game with 2:11 remaining in the first quarter, the two teams had barely gotten warmed when officials postponed the game due to the weather.
The two teams picked up at the same spot at 10:00 am on Saturday morning. No score, Jags’ ball deep in Patriots’ territory. The Jags scored on the first play as senior running back Ajahni Terry scampers 12 yards for the first of his three touchdowns in the game.
The Patriots would answer back in the second quarter on a seven-yard pass from Noel Miller to senior receiver Aaron Strauss. The extra point was blocked by Northwest’s A.J. Woods. Northwest held a 7-6 lead with 7:58 left in first half.
Senior A.J. Woods would set up the Jags on the next possession with a 71-yard kickoff return giving Northwest the ball on the Wootton 21-yard-line. Ajahni Terry would score on a 10-yard touchdown run to extend the Northwest lead to 14-6 with 6:52 in the second quarter.
Late in the second quarter, the Jags would score again on a nine-yard pass from senior quarterback Jack Anders to fellow senior Max Pagella, to give Northwest a 21-6 lead heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, Wootton would continue to get a heavy dose of Ajahni Terry, as he would power his way 19 yards for his third touchdown of the game, giving the Jags a 28-6 lead.
Terry ran for 127 yards on 10 carries and three touchdowns in the game. Fellow runner Roderick James would finish with eight carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. James would score on a 15-yard run with 7:32 left in the game. As a team the Jags had 217 yards rushing in the game.
The Patriots would score twice late to cut the lead to 35-22, tacking on a two-point conversion after each touchdown.
Next week the Jags will travel to face Walter Johnson and new coach Larry Hurd Jr., who is coming off a 43-26 victory over Poolesville. The Jags and Wildcats matchup is set for a 7:00 pm start on Friday, Sept. 7.
Top: The Jags' Ajahni Terry (5) runs for the second of three touchdowns he scored Saturday in Northwest's home opener against Wootton.
Next: Northwest's QB Jack Anders waits for the snap during the Jags' home opener against Wootton Saturday.
Next: The Jags' Roderick James (4) carries the ball for a first down during Northwest's home opener against Wootton.
Photos by Kim Grimes for Germantown Pulse.