Jaguars roll up big numbers against Stampede
Fri. October 28, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | By John McWilliams
Northridge’s Demetrius Bass (21) runs for a gain against Paul W. Bryant on Thursday. (Photo by Marion R. Walding)
TUSCALOOSA | Northridge apparently didn’t have a hangover from last week’s loss to Hillcrest when the Jaguars pounded Paul W. Bryant 50-0 on Thursday. The win marked Northridge’s ninth this season, a school record.
The Jaguars took advantage of a Bryant fumble on the opening kickoff to setup a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brooks Burns to James Cox. The duo terrorized the Stampede defense two more times for touchdown receptions of 53 and 96 yards in the first quarter. Northridge scored on four of its first seven plays from scrimmage, and Cox finished the game with three catches for three touchdowns and 169 yards.
Burns was perfect in the first half, completing all eight passes thrown for 238 passing yards and four touchdowns, the last of which coming on a 14-yard pass to Ajai Giles. The Jaguars’ quarterback, along with the rest of the first-team, didn’t play in the second half.
“It was great job by the entire team,” Burns said. “I couldn’t have done anything if the line didn’t block and my receivers didn’t get open. I threw it to the guy who was open while the line blocked. We had a great team effort.”
Jamarcus Howard tacked on a 38-yard run, and Antonio Easterwood added a 77-yard run to put the Jaguars up 38-0 at halftime.
Lavares Howard added an 8-yard touchdown run third quarter.
Jamorian Hill scored the final points of the game with a 30-yard interception return for a touchdown.
“We did what we wanted to do,” linebacker Chris Terry said. “This defense is capable of a lot more of what everybody saw tonight.”
Paul W. Bryant fell to 6-4 overall, 5-2 in Class 5A, Region 3. The Stampede will travel to Eufaula next Friday night.
“They outmanned us and outplayed us,” Stampede head coach Chris Hilliker said. “We have to keep fighting and get ready for the playoffs.”
Northridge improved to 9-1 overall, 6-1 in Class 6A, Region 5. The Jaguars play host to Hazel Green next Friday night.
“The offense did a great job,” Northridge coach Mike Smith said. “It was just one of those nights where everything worked out for us. This win gives us momentum we can carry to the playoffs. Bryant played hard, and my hat is off to coach Hilliker.”