CLARKSBURG – The Northwest two-headed rushing attack became too much for the Clarksburg varsity football team to handle Friday night.
Senior running back Khalil Owens and junior running back Juwon Farri combined 245 yards on the ground as the Jaguars (6-3) cruised past the Coyotes (3-6) to a 41-10 final score.
Farri earned 156 yards rushing on 10 carries with four touchdowns, while Owens tallied 89 yards on the ground on nine carries with one rushing touchdown.
“I think it was the big runs, Juwon and Khalil both had some big runs and made the difference in the game,” said Northwest Head Coach Mike Neubeiser.
With one road game remaining in the regular season against Wootton (5-4), Owens said the Jaguars’ dominant win Friday came at the right time as the Jaguars stay alive in the playoff hunt.
Clarksburg closes out the season Friday at Springbrook (1-8).
After three loses to three of the County’s three best teams – Blair (8-1), Sherwood (9-0) and Quince Orchard (8-1) – Owens said the win over Clarksburg will help build the team’s chemistry heading into the final week of the regular season.
“We’re gearing up for the playoffs and we want to start clicking on all cylinders and everything,” Owens said. “It was a great team win.”
While most of Owens’ contributions came in the rushing game, perhaps his biggest play of the game was a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown.
“The punt, it was supposed to go to the other way, the return was supposed to go to the left, but then I started running to the left and I saw a whole bunch of defenders, so I just saw there was an open lane to the right and cut it back and I was wide open,” said Owens. “The blockers did a good job and it felt good.”
While the Jaguars dominated the Coyotes on the ground, penalties held them back.
Northwest tallied eight penalties for 80 yards, something Neubeiser said his team needed to fix.
“We’re close, it’s just the holding penalties,” he said. “That comes down to hand placement. We’re a little bit sloppy with that so we’ll continue to work on that in practice, just work on our precision a little bit and hopefully we can improve our passing game a little bit as well.”
Meanwhile, the Coyotes did not earn their initial first down of the game until 8:56 remaining in the second corner.
By that time, they trailed by 27 points.
Northwest defenders pressured Clarksburg quarterback Brian Walker for most of the game, sacking him six times.
Running back John Robinson served as one of the few bright spots for the Coyotes, scoring their only touchdown on a four-yard dive play.