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Special Photo/Reggie Davis New Manchester senior wide receiver Eddie Ellis races to the end zone for a 27-yard touchdown reception in the Jaguars 23-0 win over Creekside

ds and put the finishing touches on the Jaguars’ Region 5-AAAAAA win over Creekside.

All was needed was a defensive stop to end a perfect night.

Mission accomplish as New Manchester won 23-0 to get its first shutout since 2015, and fourth overall for the program that started in 2011.

“Our kids worked so hard for this,” Jaguars defensive coordinator Cedrick Jackson said. “We wanted that goose egg. I’m so proud of the kids and happy for them.”

With the win, New Manchester improves to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the region as Creekside fell to 0-3 and 0-1. The Seminoles, under first-year head coach Maurice Dixon, have not scored this season.

The Jaguars were led by its running game as senior A.J. Taylor rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries as Vanquez Wheeler had 89 yards on 16 carries. Taylor, a move-in from North Carolina, had touchdown runs of 9 and 61 yards.

It was his 61-yarded with 3:29 remaining in the fourth quarter that fired up the defense to complete the shutout.

“We didn’t want them to score,” New Manchester safety Sayyid Waddell said. “We did it as a team to get this win.”

New Manchester scored in each quarter with Willie Ellis getting the team on the scoreboard first with a 27-yard touchdown reception from Jahrell Polk with 5:29 remaining in first quarter. The team added a 22-yard field goal by Alex Murrillo to make it 10-0 as time expired in the first half.

Taylor would add a touchdown in the third and fourth quarter each to close out the scoring.

“We are just taking it week by week and not trying to get ahead ourselves,” New Manchester coach Myron Terry said. “Our goal is to be in the playoffs at the end of the season. We are now one and zero in the region. We will enjoy it this weekend, and then get ready for another opponent on Monday.”

And that opponent is defending region champion Mays. The Raiders are ranked No. 4 in the state and coming off a win over No. 5 Langston Hughes on Friday.

But Friday’s win gives the team some needed confidence going into this week’s practice.

“This definitely adds to our confidence especially holding them to zero points,” Taylor said. “We just have to come back next week and work.”

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