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Jaguars rolls up 300 yards rushing in rout


TUSCALOOSA | Northridge pounded Bessemer City for 303 rushing yards as the Jaguars defeated the Tigers 48-24 on Friday night to stay unbeaten.

Antonio Easterwood capped off a 10-play, 49-yard opening drive to put the Jaguars on top 7-0.

Shortly after Northridge linebacker Jasper Green forced a Bessemer City fumble, Bo Scarbrough ran untouched for a 43-yard touchdown. Scarbrough finished the game with 130 yards on just six carries and two touchdowns for the Jaguars.

Northridge quarterback Brooks Burns later found Ajai Giles on fourth down for a 35-yard screen pass, which resulted in another Jaguar touchdown. Philandez Armstrong responded for Bessemer City with a 4-yard touchdown run with 37 seconds left to bring the score to 20-6 at the half.

After a Brandon Byner 23-yard touchdown run for Bessemer City in the third quarter, which cut the lead to eight after a failed extra-point attempt, it was all Northridge.

The Jaguars scored on a 52-yard run from Scarbrough, a 20-yard run from Easterwood and a Michael Cline 24-yard touchdown pass to Easterwood to put the game out of reach. Lavares Howard tacked on the final Northridge touchdown with a 4-yard run.

“We fought hard and played it up,” Howard said. “We try to fight hard and win every time we go out there.”

The Jaguar defense held the Tigers to 63 passing yards and 106 rushing yards until the first-team defense was replaced. Senior defensive tackle Tevin Riddle said the defense still hasn’t shown what it’s able to do.

“I feel like (former University of Alabama star) Terrence Cody when I’m playing,” Riddle said. “It feels good throwing people around and putting them on the ground. We’re capable of shutting teams out; we just got to do what we got to do.”

Although the Jaguars won by 24 points, Northridge coach Mike Smith was unhappy with the way his team played.

“We played sloppy and lost our focus, but we managed to win it,” Smith said. “You have to hand it to Bessemer with the way they played. I am proud of our offensive line and the way they played in the second half. The line gave holes for the running backs to do their thing.”

Bessemer City (0-7) coach Dennis Alexander praised Northridge.

“Going against Northridge is tough for any team to do,” Alexander said. “(Scarbrough) is blessed with unbelievable talent. The kid is an outstanding player.”

Northridge (7-0) will try to stay undefeated as the Jaguars host Jackson-Olin next Friday night.