Unbeaten Jags head into key matchup against Lake Ridge

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At 8-0, the varsity football team is enjoying one of its most successful seasons ever. The Jaguars are now headed into one of their biggest games. They will face Lake Ridge at noon Saturday at Vernon Newsom Stadium.

The Eagles are undefeated as well.

“This is playing for the district championship,” senior linebacker Garrek Orth said. “It’s one of our team goals that we want to accomplish.”

Like most teams, they are trying to accomplish the goal of winning state. Although a long road, the Jags are already one step closer to that, having clinched playoff spot last week.

They are also No. 17 in the Max Preps state rankings.

“It’s the best class we’ve had in awhile because they play as one team,” said assistant coach Ronnie Roberson, who has been with the Jaguars since the school opened.

The majority of the team is made up of seniors.

“Some of us have been playing together for a while, we have that chemistry.” Orth said. “We’re doing our assignments right, and working as a team. We don’t have to worry about us doing (someone else’s) job. We know they are going to do the job right.”

So far they have. The Jags kept Lancaster scoreless in a 13-0 win. The defense is giving up just 18 points a game. The offense is piling up an average of 43 points.

“I think we have a really good offensive and defensive game this year,” junior Oswald Moobe said. “We have a whole bunch of talent and people who can make plays.”

Senior Fred Adams leads the district in rushing with 1152 yards. Junior Derrick Johnson averages almost 10 yards a carry. Both players have rushed for 9 touchdowns in 8 games.

Braden Nolen has thrown for 1,288 yards and five touchdowns this season. He’s also rushed for five.

Head coach Travis Pride said Nolen would be a game-day decision. The starting quarterback injured his shoulder against Lancaster, but was able to throw on Wednesday.

Either way, Pride said his team matches up well with the Eagles.

“I think we can match up good with anybody,” he said.

With a postseason spot locked up, the Jags will have a chance to prove that regardless of Saturday’s outcome.

“We haven’t accomplished our goals yet,” Pride said. “But we are enjoying where we’re at.”

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