The Quince Orchard Cougars are well established as a Montgomery County and Maryland football powerhouse after annual deep runs in the 4A post-season, and Thursday night the Cougars showed their prowess again, defeating the Clarksburg Coyotes 55-14 in Darnestown.
The game was moved to Thursday earlier in the week when the path of Hurricane Florence was still uncertain. After two weeks of Friday night games having to be stopped mid-game or just postponed and played on Saturday, the schools weren’t going to take any chances.
Both teams came into Thursday night’s game as unbeaten, but the Cougars showed that they were still formidable, jumping out to a 28-0 lead in the first quarter. Quince Orchard’s first touchdown required just a three-play drive. The touchdown came on a 23-yard pass from sophomore quarterback Brian Plummer to senior receiver Brendan McGonagle, which was set up by a 32-yard run by Marquez Cooper. The extra point would be missed.
After a Clarksburg three-and-out, Plummer would also throw the second touchdown of the night, a 46-yard throw to senior receiver Chris Webb. Webb would run in the two-point conversion to put Quince Orchard up 14-0 just 4:19 seconds into the game.
The Cougars would start their next drive on their own 38 after a penalty on the punt return, but the QO offense would march down the field and extend the lead on a 12-yard run from Cooper to make it 21-0 with 4:56 left in the first quarter. He would score his second touchdown in the final seconds of the quarter on a seven-yard run from scrimmage to extend the lead to 28-0 as the quarter ended.
Cooper would score a total of three touchdowns in the game and run for 165 yards on nine carries.
The Cougars’ Jeremiah White would score in the second quarter on a 22-yard run to extend the lead to 35-0. White would score twice in the game.
The Quince Orchard defense would stymie the Coyotes all game, but the Cougar’s special teams would come up with a unique touchdown in the second quarter.
With the ball deep in their own territory, Clarksburg was forced to punt. Senior punter Ben Spiess stood deep in his own endzone, and a bad snap and heavy pressure from QO defenders made him attempt to kick at a bad angle. The ball tailed high and spun but didn’t get any distance and was caught in the endzone by Quince Orchard’s Seven Williams for a touchdown. The 0-yard punt return for a touchdown made the score 42-0.
Cooper would score his third touchdown after a QO’s Naheim Howell snatched a tipped pass and returned it to the Clarksburg 32 yard line. One play later, Cooper would sprint to the endzone to further extend the lead to 48-0, the extra point would be no good.
The Coyotes got some life just before halftime as Drew Moore returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards to get Clarksburg on the scoreboard with one minute left in the half to cut the lead to 48-7.
Clarksburg would threaten to score again just before halftime after an interception by the Coyote defense gave them the ball back. Senior quarterback Joey Perkins would find Ben Spiess on a pass over the middle, and he would ramble down to the QO 15-yard line. However, the QO defense would force the Coyotes to settle for a field goal attempt, which would not be successful due to a bad snap.
After halftime, the Cougars would get the ball on the kickoff and march down to the Clarksburg two-yard line, where Jeremiah White would get his second touchdown on a two-yard run to end the QO scoring at 55.
The Coyotes would score in the fourth quarter after a bad snap resulted in a fumble recovery near mid-field by Clarksburg senior Michael Roenick. With their white uniforms brown and wet from the muddy field conditions, the Coyotes led by quarterback Joey Perkins moved the ball deep into QO territory on two passes to junior wideout Casey McKinney. Clarksburg would score on an 11-yard jet sweep by senior wide receiver Toron Williams to cut the lead to 55-14.
With the win, Quince Orchard improves to 3-0 and will travel to take on Bullis in a public school vs. private school match-up. This is a rematch of last year’s overtime classic in which the Bullis Bulldogs just edged the Cougars 42-41.
Next week, the 2-1 Coyotes will host 1-1 Springbrook at 6:30 in the Canyon in Clarksburg. The Blue Devils will play Walter Johnson on Friday night. The Coyotes are hoping for a little redemption from last year’s close game at Springbrook, where the Blue Devils 10-8 at home.
Top: Quince Orchard’s Jeremiah White (20) breaks through the hole for his second touchdown of the game.
Next: Clarksburg’s Ben Spiess (10) returns a kickoff in the second half of the game.
Next: Clarksburg senior Michael Roenick (60) recovers a fumble which would lead to the Coyotes second touchdown.
Next: The Coyotes’ Toron Williams (8) takes the ball around the end for the Clarksburg touchdown near the end of the game.
Photos by Germantown Pulse