Jags drain South Creek
CREEKSVILLE – The South Creek Cougars came to town looking for their first victory of the year. Instead they ran into a stiff Northampton County High School defense and a runaway Jaguar offense as the Jaguars picked up their third victory of the season by a 49-0 score.
Behind the running of Brian Lassiter, 194 yards and two touchdowns, the Jaguars amassed 312 yards rushing in the first half and jumped out to a 42-0 lead by the break.
Both teams opened the game with punts with the Jaguars scoring first on their second possession of the game. The Jags got a short field as the Cougar punter kicked the ball into his own line. The Jaguars took over at the 29 yard line. Following two short runs, Lassiter broke into the open and scampered 25 yards for a touchdown. The PAT by Fisher McInville was good and the Jaguars were off and running with a 7-0 lead.
Following a three and out, the Cougars punted to the Jaguar 6 yard line. On the first play from scrimmage, Lassiter broke around left end on a sweep and galloped 94 yards to pay dirt. Again, McInville’s PAT was good and the Jaguars opened up 14-0 lead with 3:47 left in the first quarter.
Another 3-and-out and punt gave the ball back to the Jaguars who mounted an 8 play drive ending with a one yard touchdown plunge by Christian Boone. The big play on the drive was a 39 yard run from Lassiter. With a two point conversion, Northampton led 22-0 at the 11:18 mark of the second quarter.
Another three-and-out and punt by the Cougars gave the Jaguars the ball on their own 35 yard line. Following a rush for loss and a sack, quarterback Keion Crossen hit Diyosha McGee on a 51 yard pass play to the Cougar’s 16 yard line. Three straight rushes by Boone resulted in another Jaguar score. The PAT was again good and the home team had a 29-0 score with 6:32 left in the half.
Following the kickoff, the young Cougar squad could not muster a first down and the Jaguars got the ball back at the South Creek 49 yardline as the fourth down pass fell incomplete. Following a 14 yard run by Boone and holding penalty against the Jaguars, Crossen took off around left end for a 45 yard touchdown run. The PAT was blocked, but the Jaguars held a 35-0 lead with 4:10 remaining in the half.
Northampton wasn’t done with its first half scoring onslaught. Taking possession at the South Creek 42 yardline, a third down and 14 play saw senior quarterback Andre Evans hit McGee over the middle for a 34 yard score with 39 seconds left in the half. The PAT was good, giving the Jaguars a 42-0 lead at the half.
The second half saw back-ups getting a lot of action. South Creek was unable to muster a scoring drive in the second half. Northamptonscored once on a 9 play, 70 yard drive that culminated a 3 yard touchdown blast by senior running back Cedric Rice who rushed for 58 yards on the drive. McInville added the PAT to account for the final 49-0 score.
For the game, Lassiter finished with 205 yards and two touchdowns. The stout Jaguar defense allowed only 5 first downs all night—2 by penalty, 2 rushing, and one passing. They gave up a total of 98 yards on the night, allowing 41 yards on the ground and 57 yards through the air with two interceptions.
The 3-1 Jaguars begin conference play at Gates in two weeks. The Cougars will be at home next week looking for their first win of the season as they host the Perquimans Pirates.