Northridge Handles Central In Postponed Rivalry Game
The Northridge Jaguars (2-0) took care of business on 15th Street by defeating the Central Falcons (1-1) by a score of 35-16 on Saturday. The Friday matchup was move to Saturday at 10 a.m. after a vulgar viral video surfaced creating community concerns.
The postponement had no effect on the Jaguars as they scored a touchdown on each of its first five possessions to secure a 35-0 lead. The Northridge defense was on point all afternoon as well as they did not allow a touchdown until under 10 minutes to play in the game.
"We came out with focus on what we needed to do early on. We kind of got sloppy at the end but the heat turns up. They're not used to doing this on a Saturday so you saw a lot of that early out of Central, they kind of put it together late and we came out a little better early and kind of lost it late. Hats off to them, it's hard to turn around and move a game to the next morning at 10 a.m. and I think both teams handled it well," said Northridge head coach Mike Vickery.
Northridge was able to take advantage of its powerful offensive line by rushing for over 200 yards as a team and not allowing a single sack in the passing game.
For the Jaguars, senior Christopher "CJ" Jack did the most damage offensively. Jack got into the Falcons' endzone twice, rushing and receiving. He toted the rock four times for 42 yards and hauled in five receptions for 89 yards.
The Jaguars used junior Kollyn Shelnutt and senior Whitt Winfield at the quarterback position to keep the Northridge offense humming.
"Kollyn's a dynamic player, offensively and defensively. Whitt's a heady guy who can make a lot of plays and is athletic as well. We're excited about both those quarterbacks and their future," said Vickery.
Winfield completed 7-of-11 passes for 124 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for a score, Shelnutt rushed for a touchdown and completed one 49-yard pass for a touchdown to Cory White.
The Central Falcons struggled to get into the game, the home team was unable to mount a successful drive until late in the third quarter and only managed to get its first defensive stop halfway into the fourth quarter.
"I thought the kids played hard, I think we have to execute a lot better. We have to clean up some fundamentals as far as what we're doing with alignment and carrying out our assignments," said Central head coach Rodney Bivens.
The Falcons were able to score twice in the fourth quarter to make the score closer but were unfortunately unable to match the Jaguars' execution.
Junior quarterback Omarion Mullins battled hard for the Falcons, he completed 12-of-25 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 24 yards. He found Christian Bishop for that touchdown, Bishop hauled in three reception for 33 yards. Junior Michael Richardson was the most effective Falcon receiver pulling in five catches for 58 yards.
Both schools open region play next week with Northridge hosting Bryant and Central hitting the road for a date with Demopolis.
As for the Friday video that caused the postponement, senior Evan Dendy was not seen on the Jaguars' sideline and Vickery stated the situation was being handled internally.
"It's handled on our end, we will continue to teach and continue to make sure that our guys understand that there are consequences for every action, good and bad. That's what we stress every day and will continue to stress. That's really it, it's dealt with from our standpoint and it's obviously not over we'll continue to deal with it and continue to get better from it," said Vickery.