Scarbrough has big night for Jags in losing effort
Sun. August 26, 2012 at 1:00 a.m. | By Aaron Suttles
MONTGOMERY | The Northridge High School offense will undoubtedly be the strength of the Jaguars this season, with a big season expected from junior running back Bo Scarbrough.
While Scarbrough will carry the load for the Jaguars, solid contributions will be needed from junior quarterback Tanner Cline, senior wide receiver James Cox and junior receiver Cyontai Lewis. From that end, Saturday night's test against a loaded McGill-Toolen team saw mixed results.
Scarbrough was as advertised, rushing for 98 yards on 10 carries in the first half. The 6-foot-2, 222-pounder rushed for 50 yards on the game's first play from scrimmage. He added one catch and even returned a kickoff for 24 yards.
"It feels great to be back on the field," Scarbrough. "I'm very proud of myself and what I did tonight. There's going to be more coming."
Both teams played their respective starters for the first half, and aside from Scarbrough the Jaguars didn't have much to show for their efforts. Of Northridge's 136 total yards, Scarbrough accounted for all but 34.
Cline, a first-year starter, was 5 of 15 for 40 yards and two interceptions in the first half. He connected with Lewis for a 24-yard gain in the second quarter.
Scarbrough flashed his magic on his first carry in a varsity game since sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament tear in his left knee in last year's game against Hillcrest. The power back took the handoff from Cline out of the shotgun and raced right behind solid blocking and down the sideline before being stopped at the McGill-Toolen 10.
"That was very exciting," Scarbrough said. "I talk to God every night about it. He's helped me through things. Tonight I just think he gave me the ability to let me people know I'm coming back."
Of his 10 carries, the majority came out of the shotgun offset formation. On a carry out of the single-back formation, Scarbrough looked equally adept, shooting through the line and into the secondary.
"It doesn't matter to me," he said. "As long as I just read my blocks and as long as I see the open field I'm going to take advantage of it."
Scarbrough averaged 9.8 yards a carry and did not play in the second half.
"It's just a jamboree, but I wanted more carries. We had to let everybody else play. I want to be a team player and try to be a leader for this team."
Scarbrough took in an Alabama practice last week.
"It went pretty good. I didn't get to talk to the coaches very much. It was pretty nice. I liked the practice. It's still the same…Georgia, Alabama."