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Quince Orchard Ends Clarksburg Winning Streak

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.