Two-quarterback system pays dividends for Northwest; Jake Funk emerges in Damascus backfield

September 16, 2013

Two quarterback systems are sometimes criticized for disrupting the flow of an offense.

That hasn’t been the case with Northwest is putting up points in bunches through two games.

The Jaguars (2-0) scored 61 against Magruder in a season-opening win and lit up the scoreboard again on Thursday in a 34-14 win over Richard Montgomery. Northwest was able to attack the Rockets in both the run game and through the air by using two different quarterbacks with different skill sets.

Jaguars quarterback Mark Pierce completed six of 10 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown. Pierce’s teammate and fellow quarterback Joshua Gills ran for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries.

Northwest coach Mike Neubeiser said the two quarterbacks have become fairly interchangeable on offense. Gills’s versatility to play slot receiver and running back also gives the Jaguars more options in the backfield.

“They make it seamless and do such a good job,” Neubeiser said. “As far as the expectation for the other kids are involved, there too much change when either goes in, as far as the cadence goes. They both work hard to keep everything similar.”

Funk emerging for Damascus

Damascus Coach Eric Wallich believes sophomore running back Jake Funk could be someone his team relies on offensively this year.

Though he’s young, Funk made the most of his opportunities in the Hornets’ season-opener against Einstein on Sept. 6. Funk carried the ball two times for 41 yards, with one of those carries going for a 29-yard touchdown.

“He’s an excellent young player,” Wallich said. “He’s a really hard worker on and off the field. He has a great attitude. I think he’s going to have a good year. I think he’ll be one of the top players in the county in the next three years.”

Damascus (1-0) was unable to play Thursday’s game against Northwood due to inclement weather. The game is scheduled to be made up Monday night.

Funk also contributes on defense as a linebacker. He’ll face his first major test of the season on Friday against third-ranked Quince Orchard, which has out-scored opponents 77-7 through two weeks.

Rockets’ Duffy steps up in loss

Richard Montgomery (0-2) was the only Montgomery 4A South team to get its game in on Thursday night. And though the Rockets lost to Northwest, there was a clear bright spot on offense.

Running back Liam Duffy carried the ball 15 times for 145 yards against against a stout Jaguars defense. His combination of power and vision helped Northwest move the ball.

With the benefit of a full week of practice, Duffy and the Rockets will be fresh for their Friday date with Walter Johnson. The Wildcats, a rainout victim on Thursday, visit Churchill on Monday and then have three days to prepare for Richard Montgomery.

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