The plan was to run out the clock.
Much to Northwest quarterback Joshua Gills’s surprise, he had an open hole to run through for his second touchdown of the night. With less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of Northwest’s 34-13 win over Richard Montgomery, the Jaguars quarterback kept the ball on a zone read and scampered 57 yards untouched into the end zone, effectively putting the game out of reach.
“After we got the ball back, we just said we were going to run the ball down their throats and take this ‘W’ home,” Gills said. “It just so happened to be they called my number again and I scored another touchdown.
The score was the second of two lengthy runs for Northwest’s signal-caller.
After both teams went scoreless in the third quarter, Northwest went run-heavy in the fourth in Germantown. The Jaguars (2-0) ran plenty of zone reads on the night, but Gillis’s 66-yard scamper midway through the fourth quarter was the first he was able to break.
“It was a good read,” Gills said. “I read the defensive end, and he came down crashing, so I pulled it and ran.”
Gills finished the game with 162 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.
Jaguars junior running back E.J. Lee had a solid day on the ground as well, rushing the ball 10 times for 70 yards. Northwest’s Mark Pierce led both teams in passing, finishing 6 for 10 for 102 yards and a touchdown.
Trailing 13-6 late in the second quarter and facing third and five on his own 36-yard line, Richard Montgomery quarterback Renzo Farfan tossed a ball deep that was tipped by Northwest safety Luke Pierce. Cornerback Rodney Snider saw the deflection and intercepted the pass en route to a 62-yard return touchdown, extending the Jaguars’ lead to 20-6. The Rockets never recovered.
“Luke broke on the ball first and tipped the ball back to me,” Snider said. “Once he tipped the ball back to me, I ran down the field.”
Though Northwest was able to sack Farfan three times, with 2.5 of those coming from linebacker Brendan Thompson, the Rockets (0-2) still managed 270 yards of total offense.
Rockets running back Liam Duffy rumbled for 145 of those yards on 15 carries.
Northwest vs. Richard Montgomery was one of a few games to be played as scheduled, with heavy rain washing out much of Thursday’s slate in Montgomery County and the surrounding area. The game’s kickoff was delayed 30 minutes because of lightning.
Both of Richard Montgomery’s touchdowns came on 18-yard touchdown passes from Farfan to senior wide receiver Phil Osborn. The second came with 4:35 remaining in the fourth quarter. But Gills would put the game out of reach with that last strong run.
“It feels really good to hold them under 20 points,” he said, “But there’s a lot of stuff we can work on tomorrow and next week.”