GERMANTOWN — The Northwest Jaguars varsity football team had the upper hand against the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles Friday night in the Battle for the King’s Trophy.
The Jaguars offense clicked and the defense dominated en route to a 35-0 victory over Seneca Valley at the Black Hole.
“I think our kids executed when they had to,” said Northwest head coach Michael Neubeiser. “We bent but didn’t break defensively. They moved the ball a little bit but we made plays when we had to.”
Although the game was played on Northwest’s home field, the contest was considered a Seneca Valley home game due to the renovation of their school.
Northwest opened the season with a 13-point victory over Wootton and earned a 27-point win over Walter Johnson the following week. The Jaguars defense pitched its first shutout of the 2018 campaign.
The Northwest defensive linemen harassed Seneca Valley quarterback Don Coleman throughout the game and made things difficult for the talented sophomore signal-caller.
“Our secondary did a really good job in coverage,” said Neubeiser. “They were there when they needed to be and they did a good job with run support.”
Northwest and Seneca Valley have combined for 15 state championships over the years. Seneca Valley captured titles in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2002.
Meanwhile, Northwest, which opened its doors in 1998, won state championships in 2004, 2013 and 2014.
There’s an old adage that defense wins championships and the Jaguars looked sharp on the gridiron from start to finish.
DeAndre Jules and AJ Woods helped Northwest jump out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter.
Both student-athletes are committed to play college football at the University of Pittsburgh and will spend their senior campaigns helping Northwest contend for another state championship.
“I’ve known AJ since freshman year so it’s going to be a fun ride going to the same college with him,” said Jules. “I can’t wait.”
Less than two minutes into the first quarter, Woods blocked a Seneca Valley punt and returned it to the end zone for a touchdown and Jules later scored on a seven-yard reception.
Northwest quarterback Jack Anders connected with Marcus Berry on a 75-yard touchdown pass and later connected with Ajahni Terry to put the Jaguars up 29-0 at halftime.
Terry, a product of the Montgomery Village Sports Association, spent his freshman campaign at Seneca Valley but later transferred to Northwest.
“It was fun,” Terry admitted about playing against his former teammates. “These are all my men. I don’t [have] enemies. We’re cool. We kept it in between the lines. We talked some trash outside of the game but in the game it was cool.
Northwest added a touchdown in the third quarter on Andrew Howard’s 15-yard run to help the Jaguars capture the King’s Trophy.
Terry credited his offensive line for opening holes for him to run through. He singled out Samuel Sandy, Patrick Diomi and Gottlieb Ayedze by name.
“All of them have a good chance of going to college,” said Terry. “I’ll see all of them in college one day.”