BROOKWOOD— Coming out of the half, Northridge led Brookwood by 15 points, but it hadn’t gotten much going on the ground, running for just 72 yards on 20 attempts.

That quickly changed as the Jaguars dominated the second half with 190 yards on the ground in its 42-18 win against the Panthers.

“We were able to run the football, and I thought we were physical up front for most of the night,” Northridge coach Michael Vickery said. “When you can run the football, you’re going to pop one or two.”

The Jaguars had 10 rushing plays that went over 10 yards, led by Rodrick Jones, who had five of the 10 plays. He had 108 yards on the ground with a touchdown.

Northridge quarterback Markie Buettner finished with 217 yards passing and three touchdowns, including two of more than 40 yards.

Brookwood struggled to hold onto the ball for most of the night. The Panthers threw four interceptions and lost one of its seven fumbles. Northridge’s Drake Cross intercepted two passes and recovered the fumble.

“We got a couple lucky breaks where some balls were tipped here and there,” Vickery said.

When it kept the ball, the Panthers attacked the Northridge secondary. Quarterback Ethan Armstrong threw for three touchdowns and 173 yards in the loss. Receiver Jalen Brooks pulled down two of the three touchdowns.

“We just felt that we have some kids that can make some explosive plays and want to try to get the ball to them tonight,” Brookwood coach Tracy Dunn said. “I was really, really proud on how hard they played.”

The win moves Northridge to 2-5 and 2-3 in region play. The Jaguars visit Pelham next Friday. Brookwood drops to 2-5 overall and 0-2 in the region and travels to Bessemer City next week.