Quince Orchard Bests Northwest in Regional Final, QO to Play North Point
For the fourth time in five years the Jags and Cougars met in Darnestown to decide who would go to the Maryland 4A Football Final Four, as Northwest and Quince Orchard clashed in the 4A West Regional Final game.
In front of a packed crowd at the Cougar Dome, Quince Orchard came back from an early 13 point deficit to beat Northwest 31-20 to win the 4A West title and advance to the Maryland 4A State Semi-Finals. The Cougars will travel Waldorf to face the 10-0 North Point Eagles on Friday, Nov. 24 at 7:00 pm.
For a while it seemed that the Jags would pull out a win for the fourth time as they had done in the three previous 4A West finals in the Cougar Dome in 2015, 2014, 2013, but it wasn’t in the cards for the 2017 Northwest team. The Jags lost starting quarterback, senior Chris Craddock to what appeared to be a knee injury at the end of the first half.
After throwing two touchdowns to stake the Jags to a 13 point lead in the first half, Craddock would miss the rest of the game. After each team was forced to punt on their first possession, it felt like the heavyweights of the 4A West were feeling each other out like boxers in the first round.
Craddock got the scoring started with a TD pass to senior running back Rob McNamee to give the Jags a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The touchdown pass was set up by a long pass and run from Craddock to junior wide out A.J. Woods.
In the second quarter Craddock would connect with senior receiver Alphonso Foray on 50 yard throw and catch. Foray would catch the ball at over the middle at the 20-yard line and scamper the rest of the way in to the endzone. The kick would fail but the play gave the Jags a 13-0 lead in the second quarter.