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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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RM Rockets clinch playoff spot with victory over Blair, 38-13

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Blair vs. RM FB 11 3 17Rockets QB Spencer Silverstein (5) is taken down by Blair’s Jason Amboo (76). Silverstein would go on to lead RM to victory, earning them a playoff spot. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – Friday night at Roy Lester Stadium, Richard Montgomery clinched a playoff spot and made history in the process.

Richard Montgomery seniors Spencer Silverstein and Daryn Alexander guided the Rockets to a 38-13 victory over the visiting Blair Blazers on Senior Night and helped the program earn its third consecutive winning season for the first time in 45 years.

“It feels amazing just to have a great game and come out with a dub and clinch a playoff spot,” said Silverstein, who ran for two touchdowns in the first half to help the Rockets jump out to a 31-0 advantage at the intermission.

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WJ Wildcats eke out 1-0 victory over RM Rockets late in the game

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WJ Wildcats vs. RM RocketsROCKVILLE – The visiting Walter Johnson Wildcats secured a late victory 1-0 Thursday evening over the home team Richard Montgomery Rockets in boys varsity soccer.

After two evenly-matched halves, which saw the teams exchange attacks and goal opportunities, Walter Johnson scored a late goal three minutes before the final whistle.

“I thought we generated some good chances and had some difficulty finishing those chances but ultimately we didn’t give up anything,” said Walter Johnson head coach Hector Morales, Jr. “I was ready for the tie and it was nice that we were able to put one away late.”

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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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RM Rockets flatten WJ Wildcats, 38-7

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BETHESDA – In a battle of 2-2 teams Thursday, Richard Montgomery steamrolled the Walter Johnson Wildcats varsity football team to the tune of a 38-7 victory.  

The RM Rockets’ running game was dominant, and it was the key piece to their victory. Running backs Zion Tyler and T’Kai Ayoola as well as quarterback Spencer Silverstein were the main figures in the Rockets rushing attack.

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Sherwood’s second half shutout leads to 42-18 victory over RM

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Sherwood Warriors helmet logoSANDY SPRING – The Sherwood Warriors varsity football team orchestrated a second half defensive shutout to put away the Richard Montgomery Rockets 42-18 Friday at Caruso Memorial Stadium.

The Sherwood offense fired on all cylinders as senior receiver Aubrey Hobbs registered three touchdowns and 87 yards in the first half alone. Senior Michael Mbony, an Army commit, continued to prove that he is a dual-threat quarterback by passing for 350 yards and making plays with his legs, including a six-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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RM Rockets slip past Wootton Patriots, 40-34

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JGS 4074 Richard Montgomery running back T'Kai Ayoola (30) gets through the Wootton and scores in the 4th quarter, PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ROCKVILLE – There are rivalry games and then there are barn burners.

When the Richard Montgomery Rockets clashed with their rivals the Wootton Patriots on Friday at Roy Lester Stadium, the two squads delivered the latter in a penalty-riddled scoring fest that saw the Rockets ride home on a 40-34 victory.

The game came down to the wire as the Patriots geared up for a game-deciding fourth-and-two on the Richard Montgomery 12-yard line with less than a minute left on the clock.

Wootton senior quarterback Grant Saylor passed to his right and Rockets senior defensive back Daryn Alexander was there. Alexander broke up the pass and ended the Patriots’ final chance at earning a win.

“I just saw the ball in the air and I just attacked it,” he said. “I just trusted my instincts. Defense wins games.”

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Rockville Rams make a comeback in soccer game over RM Rockets, 3-2

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MPI RMvR 0332 EditedDespite RM Rockets keeper Vicente Quispe’s best efforts, Feliz Rivera scores what would be the game-winning point for the Rockville Rams. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – The Rockville Rams completed a 3-2 comeback in boys varsity soccer Saturday afternoon to defeat the Richard Montgomery Rockets.

Dominating possession and opening the score in the first half, Rockville went behind but managed to score. The Rams' efforts paid off as they scored the only goal in the second half to win the match.

"We went down early but we had to keep working hard and I think coming back and holding out for 20-plus minutes says a lot about our team and our character," said senior midfielder Bryce Orsini.

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Paint Branch Panthers beat RM Rockets 21-9

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ROCKVILLE- The Paint Branch Panthers dominated the Richard Montgomery Rockets 21-9 Friday night. The Panthers now ride a two-game unbeaten streak as they handed the Rockets their first loss of the season.

The Rockets put up a good defensive showing, but could not keep up the pressure in the second half.

“Leaving a very good team and a very well-coached team like RM in the game, and you have scoring opportunities, was a mistake, cause I knew they would make us pay for it,” said Panthers head coach Mike Nesmith.

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