ROCKVILLE – It was a tale of two halves Friday night under the lights at Roy Lester Stadium.
Despite a strong effort from Richard Montgomery senior Tylen Hebron, the Rockets could not overcome the 28 second-half points scored by Northwest en route to a 46-13 road victory for the Jaguars.
Both teams scored on their opening possession, with Hebron crossing the goal line from 29 yards out with 10:28 remaining in the first quarter.
“He’s a heck of a football player,” said Northwest Head Coach Michael Neubeiser. “We were worried coming in. He’s one of the leading rushers in the county and he’s good.”
Northwest (4-2) countered moments later when junior wide receiver Alphonso Foray caught a pass from quarterback Chris Craddock and raced 50 yards to paydirt on the Jaguars’ first play from scrimmage.
However, the extra point attempt was no good and Richard Montgomery (5-1) held a slim 7-6 lead early in the contest.
Northwest senior running back Khalil Owens scored from one yard out with 9:11 remaining in the second quarter to put the Jaguars ahead, 12-7.
The Jaguars scored later in the quarter to take an 18-7 advantage when Craddock connected with Greg Bullard Jr. from five yards out with 3:08 remaining.
However, Richard Montgomery senior linebacker Zavier Ledyard halted the scoring when he intercepted Craddock’s two-point conversion pass.
The Northwest defense held the Rockets to six points in the second half thanks to Bullard who registered a pair of quarterback sacks on Richard Montgomery signal-caller Spencer Silverstein.
Richard Montgomery, who suffered its first loss of the season, will host Poolesville next week while Northwest will host Quince Orchard.
“We’re better than last year,” said Hebron, “but we’ve got to be a resilient team this year. We’re young. We’ve just got to have heart.”