After a Northwest defensive stop on the opening drive of the game, and a quick Northwest touchdown, it seemed as though the annual battle between the big cats of the Montgomery County 4A division — the Quince Orchard Cougars and the Northwest Jaguars — would go Northwest’s way. However, the Jags would not find the end zone again on Friday night. It was the first time the Jags have lost at Quince Orchard since 2010, and the second year in a row that the Cougars would be the Jags in the regular season.
The Jags got on the scoreboard first with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Mark Pierce to Reggie Anderson to cap off an 80 yard drive.
However, the Cougars would answer back on their next drive. After a 52-run by junior running back Marvin Beander, and 15-yard Jags penalty, Quince Orchard sophomore quarterback Doc Bonner would hand the ball to senior Shawn Barlow who rumbled three yards into the end zone for six points. Northwest’s Devino Frasier would block the extra point attempt to maintain an ever so slight 7-6 Northwest lead.
But the Cougars had momentum and a ruckus home crowd behind them. The Cougars would not look back. Quince Orchard continued to pound out yards and eat clock on the ground with Beander, who finished with almost 180 yards rushing, and Barlow who would score two more touchdowns.
Quince Orchard led 21-7 in the waning minutes of the third quarter with the Northwest offense driving in Cougar territory. Pierce would hit Reggie Anderson again for a first down and it seemed that the Jags would get on the board again. However, two incomplete passes later, brought up fourth down and the Jags would go for it down 14 points.
The Jags would try another pass which would hit off the hands of the intended receiver, Anderson. Quince Orchard’s junior defensive back Fofie Bazzie snatched the ball out of the air on the 11-yard line and ended Northwest scoring chance. The interception all but sealed the victory for the Cougars.
The next possession saw Quince Orchard driving again. A couple of passes to senior Eisley Kim would give the Cougars first and ten at the Northwest 1 yard line. The QO quarterback, a sophomore transfer from Gonzaga, would call his own number and extend the lead to 28-7 and allow the Cougars to improve to 6-1 for the season.
The loss drops the Jags to 4-3. Northwest is on the road again next week at 1-6 Churchill, who lost 48-28 to Bethesda Chevy-Chase on Thursday night.
Quince Orchard will travel to 2-5 Bethesda Chevy-Chase to take on the Barons, who are coming off their second victory of the season over Churchill.
Top: Northwest’s quarterback Mark Pierce (11) throws a pass over the middle in the third quarter during Friday night’s loss to Quince Orchard.
Next: Jags receiver Reggie Anderson (1) takes a Mark Pierce pass and runs for extra yardage.
Next: Quince Orchard quarterback Doc Bonner (10) is tackled by Tyrese Johnson (10).
Next: Northwest’s Davino Frasier returns a punt during Friday’s game.
Next: Quince Orchard’s Fofie Bazzie grabs a Mark Pierce pass after it was tipped to stop a Jaguars scoring threat in the fourth quarter.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.