Josh Landry rushed for 205 yards on just 13 carries and had three touchdowns to lead the Northlake Christian Wolverines to a 34-3 victory over the Pope John Paul II Jaguars in a District 7-2A game at Northlake Christian.
“Josh is just a gamer,” Northlake Christian coach Tony Agresta said. “Anytime we can get him the ball, we try. We have put him all over the field and he has been successful.”
On the first offensive play of the game, Landry took the ball 60 yards for a touchdown. Landry also added the extra point to give the Wolverines a quick 7-0 lead.
The Jaguars (1-5, 0-1) responded with an 11-play, 46-yard drive later in the quarter before Kade Dixon connected on 32-yard field goal. The score capped a drive that consumed 7:11 and cut the deficit to 7-3 with 4:24 left in the first quarter.
On the next Northlake possession, Landry scored on an apparent 61-yard touchdown, but it was called back for holding.
Dylon Cook then recovered a fumble for Northlake Christian (5-1, 2-0) and returned it 27 yards to the Jaguars’ 13-yard line.
On the next play, Cook rumbled those 13 yards for a touchdown. Landry’s extra point increased the lead to 14-3 with 1:09 left in the first quarter.
“The past three weeks I have tried to pick up the ball,” Cook said. “Tonight, I was determined to score.”
Landry scored his second touchdown on a 38-yard burst up the middle. His extra point made the score 21-3 with 4:44 to go in the first half.
Landry had 114 yards rushing on just eight carries in the first half.
The stingy Wolverines defense allowed just 48 total yards in the first half.
The Wolverines put the game away early in the fourth quarter when Landry exploded for a weaving 73-yard touchdown run. Landry made his fourth extra point to increase the lead to 28-3 with 10:52 remaining in the game.
“Our offense was able to execute tonight,” Landry said. “We were able to run the ball and make big plays.”
The Wolverines finished the game with 309 yards rushing and 341 total yards.
The Jaguars were held to 192 yards of total offense.
“It was a much better game than last week,” Pope John Paul coach Daryl Thomas said. “We really fought and played hard. We put more effort out there tonight. They played with heart and did everything we asked of them, we just missed opportunities.”
The Jaguars were led David Doane with 36 yards rushing on 18 carries.
The Wolverines committed 10 penalties for 85 yards.
“We have got to clean up those penalties” Agresta said.