Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

NORTHRIDGE: Jags Can't Afford to Be Complacent

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

NORTHRIDGE: Jags Can't Afford to Be Complacent

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TUSCALOOSA | The Northridge Jaguars enjoyed their best season last year, setting a school record with 10 wins, including their first AHSAA Class 6A playoff victory.

Northridge is expected to have junior Bo Scarbrough back and healthy. Scarbrough accounted for 705 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns as the Jaguars went 9-1 in the regular season and finished as the runners-up in Region 5.

"I hope we carry on the production we had last year, but our biggest enemy is ourself," coach Mike Smith said. "We've got to fight the syndrome called the big head. Success breeds success, but it also sets you up for failure when you forgot how to get your success. There's too much hype and glory off of last year's results carrying into this season for me to feel very confident about where we're at. We're more about looking the part than being the part."

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Scarbrough injured his left knee in the first quarter of the ninth game, a 35-14 loss to region champion Hillcrest. He missed the victory over Paul W. Bryant, a playoff win over Hazel Green and a playoff loss at Oxford. Scarbrough will draw attention from opposing defenses and he'll get his share of carries, but his presence might create more opportunities for his teammates.

"We feel like our skill folks will complement Bo, and Bo will obviously complement them when they load the box up," Smith said. "We've just got to make sure we execute and make them defend the whole field instead of just Bo. I like a little balance. We'll take our shots throwing the football."

Smith said Deondre Rogers will see action at running back, and Tanner Cline will be a first-year starter at quarterback.

"He's athletic enough to get himself out of trouble and smart enough to get the team out of trouble," Smith said of Cline.

James Cox, who recently committed to Southern Mississippi, leads the receiving unit. …

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