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Jags Tame Wildcats, 34-7

It has been a strange start to the 2018 football season in Montgomery County. Instead of Friday Night Lights, we been watching Friday Night Lightning and many games have been moved to Saturday in the first two weeks of the season.

While the game times may be strange, the Northwest Jaguars winning ways are very familiar. After scoring 35 points in a home victory over Wootton last week, the Jags scored 34 on the road to defeat Walter Johnson 34-7 in Bethesda on Saturday afternoon. The game was rescheduled to the second straight week of Friday Night Lightning.

Perhaps is it was the later than expected start or the afternoon rain shower which blew through, but the Jags started slowly against the Wildcats, who were coming off a 42-26 opening game victory over Poolesville last week.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Jags got on the board with a 78-yard touchdown run by senior A.J. Woods early in the second quarter. The Jags would miss the extra point. Woods’ run came a few plays after a 75-yard touchdown run by junior Ajahni Terry was called back on a holding penalty. Last week Terry scored three touchdowns. This week, Terry found the endzone twice (not including the one that was called back). He has five touchdowns in just two games.

The Jags took a 6-0 lead into halftime.

During halftime, a scary scene took place as Walter Johnson assistant coach Larry Hurd, Sr. — the father of Head Coach Larry Hurd, Jr. had a medical emergency as the teams were leaving the field at the half. Coach Hurd, Sr. was taken away by ambulance. Coach Hurd, Sr. served as Northwest’s coaching staff last season as defensive coordinator. After the game, Coach Larry Hurd, Jr. Tweeted that, “[Coach Hurd, Sr.] is currently undergoing tests but is stable. Thank you to everyone for the messages and prayers.” Coach Hurd, Jr. remained to coach the Wildcats in the second half.