Northwest High tight end George Hackey missed out on football conditioning drills last November, going to basketball practice instead. This turned out to be a very good thing for the Jaguars. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound senior outjumped a smaller cornerback in the end zone with three seconds left yesterday to give the Jaguars a 13-6 victory over Einstein in a Montgomery County nonleague game in Kensington.
Hackey caught the 11-yard touchdown pass from junior Brian Shaw.
"When I saw the smaller cornerback on me before the touchdown, I just hoped [Shaw] would throw me the ball high," said Hackey. Appropriately, Northwest Coach Randy Trivers called Shaw's throw "a jump-ball pass."
On the following kickoff, Einstein (1-1) lateraled the ball four times before running back Umar Ferguson (245 yards rushing) was tackled at his own 25-yard line to end the game.
Ferguson rushed for 199 first-half yards on 12 carries, including a 63-yard touchdown run midway through the second quarter to give Einstein a 6-0 lead.
But behind the passing of Shaw, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown, Northwest (2-0) stayed close. Then Shaw, a 6-3, 235-pound junior, turned a simple quarterback sneak into a three-yard touchdown that tied the game at 6 with 7 minutes 20 seconds remaining.
The teams traded punts until lineman Billy Rodriguez recovered an Einstein fumble at the Jaguars 40 with 54 seconds remaining to set up the winning drive.
Northwest has a completely different look from last season, when it went 2-8--including a 45-15 loss to Einstein--in the school's first year. Yesterday, the Jaguars showed up at Einstein, dressed and ready, more than 90 minutes before kickoff, though they waited until the final seconds to secure the victory.
"We have worked so hard for all this," Shaw said. "We hated Coach Trivers for making us do all that work starting in November. But today it is starting to pay off."
Notes: On the extra-point attempt after Hackey's touchdown, Einstein linebacker Huey Kelly was called for unsportsmanlike conduct when he intentionally ran into Northwest place kicker Stevyn Carmona. Einstein Coach Ed Ashwell said Kelly, who was not thrown out of the game, would serve a one-game suspension.