The Jaguars (4-0) were led by the play of Brian Herrien and Tyrone Scott, each of whom scored running touchdowns during the night. Defensively, New Manchester stifled Woodland (0-4) with strong defensive line play.
Woodland punted on drive after drive and also was hurt by two turnovers. The first of those turnovers led to a score for the Jaguars.
A pass by Woodland quarterback Tanner Self was tipped and intercepted by Ryan Santos, who returned it to the 1-yard line.
New Manchester scored three plays later on a pass from Tre Wilson to Malik Landers. The score would stay at 7-0 until the third quarter as neither offense could get moving.
After the teams traded punts for much of the game, NMHS put together a nice drive capped off by a Herrien touchdown run that put the Jaguars up 14-0.
In the fourth quarter, Scott would add another running touchdown to make it 21-0. The team’s defense held on for the shutout as New Manchester kept their unblemished record intact.
Next week is a huge game for the Jaguars as the team takes on defending region champions East Paulding (2-1).
“When you don’t play very well, you live and die by your seniors,” said NMHS head coach Rob Cleveland after the game. “Our seniors played great on defense tonight. They got the shutout and it enabled us to get another win and move to 4-0. It wasn’t pretty but we’ll take it. We played kind of flat tonight, but that’s the sign of a good team when you can play flat and still come out with a victory.”