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Quince Orchard Cougars defeat Northwest Jags, become 4A West regional champs

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QO beats NW 4A W regional champs 1The Quince Orchard Cougars celebrate their victory over the Northwest Jaguars to become the 4A West regional champs. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG — In a battle of two rivals, the Quince Orchard Cougars nabbed the 4A West regional championship title after dispatching the Northwest Jaguars 31-20.

The game heated up an otherwise frigid Friday night, and showed how each team prepared for this game.

“Ultimately they capitalized on some mistakes we made. We made too many mistakes, got penalties that were huge penalties and they capitalized and we didn’t. We made a few too many mistakes in the end,” said Jaguars head coach Mike Neubeiser.

The Cougars were coming off of a victory high after annihilating the Einstein Titans 62-0 last week, while the Jaguars arrived to this game through sheer willpower.

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NW Jaguars claw their way to victory over RM Rockets, 10-7

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NW Jags vs. RM Rockets FB 11 10 17Northwest Jaguars' Norval Black (3) maneuvers past RM Rockets' Michael Braswell (1). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GERMANTOWN — The Northwest Jaguars used a last-minute tiebreaking field goal to end one of the closest games of the 2017 season, and in doing so eliminated the Richard Montgomery Rockets from playoff action with a 10-7 win on Friday.

The majority of the game’s action resembled a team playing against a mirror image, as both sides excelled on the defensive side of the ball while struggling with tepid offenses that repeatedly failed to score despite coming close.

The pace of the game began so slowly that it wasn’t until the last drive of the first quarter that Northwest managed to change the scoreboard from zero, after senior quarterback Chris Craddock completed a pass to senior wide receiver Alphonso Foray, at which point the latter dashed through the right side of the Jaguars’ defenses for a touchdown.

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Quince Orchard Cougars victorious against Northwest Jaguars, 38-29

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QO vs. NW FB 10 27 17 2Northwest's Niko Berns (50) and Donnell Bannister (4) tackle Quince Orchard's Marquez Cooper (15). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard senior defensive back Aaron Derwin came up big Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

Derwin intercepted Northwest quarterback Chris Craddock’s pass in the waning moments to preserve the Cougars’ 38-29 home victory over the Jaguars.

“He played extremely well tonight,” said Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley. “He put himself into position to make plays.”

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Northwest Jaguars come from behind after halftime to beat RM, 49-24

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NW vs. RM FB 10 13 17Northwest's Norval Black (3) after a touchdown. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GERMANTOWN – It was a tale of two halves Friday night at the Black Hole.

Behind senior quarterback Chris Craddock, the Northwest Jaguars rallied from a three-touchdown first half deficit en route to a 49-24 home win over the Richard Montgomery Rockets.

Northwest erased an 18-point lead in the second quarter thanks to Craddock and his talented cast of characters including running back Juwon Farri and wide receiver Norval Black.

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Northwest Jaguars make comeback to defeat the Richard Montgomery Rockets, 5-1

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soccergoalROCKVILLE – The visiting Northwest Jaguars mounted a second-half comeback to defeat the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets 5-1 in boys varsity soccer Tuesday evening.

After a scoreless first half, the Rockets took the lead shortly after the break. The Jaguars then responded with five goals in 17 minutes to decisively win the match.

"It was kind of what we were waiting for all year," said Northwest coach Kert Mease. "I think that we moved the ball around as well as anybody," he added.

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Good Counsel Falcons thrash Northwest Jaguars, 58-21

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GC Falcons vs. NW Jaguars 9 28 17Good Council’s Tyler Baylor (20) maneuvers around Northwest’s Brandon Walker (10) and AJ Woods (9). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  OLNEY – Good Counsel junior Latrele Palmer was unstoppable Thursday night against Northwest.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound running back rushed for more than 100 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead the Falcons to a 58-21 victory over the Jaguars at Kline Stadium at Dancel Field.

Six different players scored for Good Counsel and the program registered the most points in the modern era while Northwest suffered its first loss of the season.

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Northwest Jaguars capture King’s Trophy, trouncing Seneca Valley 31-6

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MPI NWvSV 1693Northwest's Juwon Farri breaks through Seneca Valley's defense. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GERMANTOWN – Northwest earned bragging rights after Friday night’s 31-6 home victory over crosstown rival Seneca Valley.

The Jaguars (2-0) captured the King’s Trophy for the second straight year and for the fourth time in the last five years.

Northwest raced out to a 17-0 halftime lead and never looked back.

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Northwest and Sherwood square off in scrimmage

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1000 20170819 Quad Scrimmage at NorthwestNorthwest senior Chris Craddock unloads a 20-plus-yard pass that finds its receiver who scores. PHOTO BY DAVID WOLFE  GERMANTOWN – Four state championship football programs converged on the gridiron at Northwest High School Saturday to help kick off the 2017 campaign.

In addition to Northwest and Sherwood, the quad scrimmage also featured defending 4A state champion Wise of Prince George’s County and Anne Arundel County powerhouse Old Mill who captured Maryland 4A state titles in 2009 and 2011.

“It was really, really good competition,” Northwest head coach Michael Neubeiser said afterward. “It helped us sort some things out.”

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Northwest softball defeats Sherwood once more to win first state title

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JGS 9066The Northwest softball team wins their first state championship.   PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH COLLEGE PARK – For the first time in six years, the Sherwood varsity softball team didn’t end the season by hoisting the 4A state championship trophy.

It appeared as though the Warriors had found their kryptonite, the same kryptonite in the black-and-white uniforms that snapped Sherwood’s infamous winning streak back in March.

When Northwest won in the semifinals, Jaguars head coach Mike Horton mentioned that if his team continued to play “Northwest softball,” they’d be able to take Sherwood down again.

Northwest doubled up the Warriors by a score of 8-4 Saturday at the University of Maryland Softball Stadium to go down in history as the first Jaguars team to win a softball state championship.

“When you hit the ball hard, it tends to throw teams off their game. We came out and we went after it, and that’s a big thing with teams like that,” he said. “I geared these girls to play Sherwood early in the season. Obviously you want to beat every team, but Sherwood was the pinnacle.”

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MoCo athletes win state titles in track and field at championship meets

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BALTIMORE – Montgomery County Public Schools athletes earned multiple titles in track and field at the State Championship Meets at Morgan State University Friday.

Walter Johnson junior Abbey Green (10:46 minutes) beat her long-time distance rival Annapolis High School senior Maria Coffin (10:56 minutes) to become state champion.

It was her second track and field state title, her first for the outdoor season. Green said she and Coffin became friends during the last few years as they competed in track and field and in cross country.
Poolesville sophomore Nandini Satsangi came in first place in the 3A 3200m race (11:07). Satsangi held the second-place spot for most of the race, and then she led the final two laps. Her legs suddenly gave out a couple of feet from the finish line and she fell, but she won the race by finishing a few seconds ahead of Northern-Calvert junior Abby Sweeney (11:12).

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