ROCKVILLE – Richard Montgomery senior running back Tylen Hebron’s three touchdowns and one by quarterback Spencer Silverstein led the Rockets to shock the former state champion Northwest Jaguars 28-13 Friday during the first round of the 4A playoffs.
“We didn’t think we were going to go out like this,” said Northwest senior quarterback Austin Riel, later adding, “I think we just kind of lost focus a little bit. Once things went bad, it kept going.”
Northwest (7-4), which won the 2004, 2013 and 2014 state titles, knocked Richard Montgomery out of the playoffs last season and defeated the Rockets (10-1) during the regular season this year.
According to RM Head Coach Josh Klotz, the victory marks the Rockets’ first playoff victory in 15 years, since before some of the varsity players were born.
Jaguars Head Coach Mike Neubeiser said the Rockets won because they executed plays better.
“We were outplayed by a team that did better than we did,” Neubeiser said.
The Jaguars started the game with running back Juwon Farri scoring a touchdown during the opening minutes of the first quarter. He later scored again following Hebron’s first touchdown, leaving the score 13-7 in favor of the Jaguars.
However, the Rockets then took the lead and didn’t look back, scoring one touchdown in each quarter of the game.
“I love my linemen so much,” Hebron said.
During the second quarter, Hebron rushed for a touchdown and then Rockets senior kicker Juver Diaz booted the PAT, bringing the score 14-13.
Hebron scored his third touchdown the next quarter and, in the final frame, with a little over a minute left, Silverstein punched the ball into the end zone for the final seven points of the game.
Hebron said after the Rockets lost to the Jaguars 46-13 Oct. 7, the loss motivated them in every game afterward.
Klotz said the players had to minimize their mistakes the entire game to win. He agreed with Hebron and said he believed the loss motivated his players.
“The kids had a chip on their shoulder,” Klotz said.