By Kevin O’Rourke
When a team wins a championship, and continues winning the following season, fans start thinking that the team can’t lose, and then the team gets nationally ranked, and sometimes players start thinking that the team can’t lose. But, in sport there is always someone who knows that every team can lose and it is usually the team’s biggest rival.
Quince Orchard had what, heretofore, could have been seen as a Herculean task, go into Northwest’s Black Hole and beat one of the top 40 teams in the nation, defeat the defending state champs on their home field, and end their 14-0 win streak.
And that is just what the Quince Orchard Courgars did, they came to Germantown brought the high flying Jaguars back down to earth with a 52-27 victory on Saturday night.
The Cougars drew first blood on a two-yard touchdown by Kyle Green, which was set up by Northwest failing to convert on a fake punt near midfield.
Northwest’s next possession ended with a punt, and another short field as Quince Orchard took over at the Jag’s 46 yard-line. The Cougars would drive the ball down to the Northwest four yard-line and Marvin Beander would score on another running play to extend the lead to 14-0.
“Quince Orchard has a very large offensive line and a stable of very good running backs,” said Northwest Head Coach Michael Neubeiser earlier in the week. “They run the ball very well and their quarterback, Carson Knight does a great job of throwing play-action passes.”
Northwest got on the board with a 45-yard run from E.J. Lee to cut the lead to 14-7 with 20 seconds left in the first quarter, but 15 seconds later QO’s Kyle Green broke off a 75-yard touchdown run with just five seconds remaining in the first to keep the Cougar’s lead at 14 points at the end of one.
The Jags offense would come back in the second, as quarterback Mark Pierce would hook up with Jamar Wilson for a four-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead seven with 8:46 left in the half. The Jags defense held the Cougars on the next possession and forced a punt. The prospects for a comeback were looking up.
However, a fumble on the punt return, lead to a horrific series of plays which put the Jaguars out of contention in the game. The Cougars would score three times before the half, the result of the fumbled punt and two Sean Barlow interceptions of Mark Pierce passes. Marvin Beander would score twice, and QO quarterback Carson Knight would run it in from one yard giving, Quince Orchard a 42-14 lead into halftime.
The second half started with the Jaguars driving almost the entire length of the field to score with on Pierce’s second touchdown pass to Wilson, to cut the lead to 42-21. The Cougars would add a field goal to extend the lead to 45-21 in the fourth quarter. Pierce would throw his third interception to Barlow, who would return it for a touchdown to further extend the Quince Orchard lead to 52-21.
The Jags Troy Lefeged would take the ensuing kickoff down to inside the Quince Orchard 15-yard line, and Khalil Owens would run for a touchdown to end the scoring. The Jags would attempt a two-point conversion but fail. Quince Orchard would win 52-27, handing the Jaguars their first loss in over a year, and unseating them for the top spot in the Division 4A West.
Both the Jags and the Cougars have already clinched playoff spots. The 8-1 Jags will host Springbrook at 6:30 pm on Friday.
Top: Quince Orchard defenders stop Northwest’s running back during Saturday’s 52-27 loss.
Next: QO’s Kyle Green (6), runs for short gain as Northwest’s Kwab Asamoah (5) and Jordan Fairfax (15) go in for the tackle.
Photos by Lisa Levenbach, courtesey MoCoDaily.com