DAMASCUS – Quince Orchard could not fight the funk on Friday night.
In a battle of state title contenders, Damascus senior running back Jake Funk rushed for more than 250 yards and scored four touchdowns to lead the Swarmin’ Hornets to a 39-17 home victory over Quince Orchard.
Funk, a two-way standout who toils at safety, was also a force on defense, registering a sack early in the second quarter.
“He’s as good a player as there is in the state of Maryland I think,” Damascus head coach Eric Wallich said about Funk, who was named The Sentinel’s 2014 Overall Player of the Year last season.
“When I get the ball,” said Funk, “I’m thinking to myself no one’s going to stop me. That’s the mindset that I have.”
Damascus got on the board early, scoring on Funk’s one-yard run in the first quarter before Will Armstrong added a 15-yard touchdown run to help the Swarmin’ Hornets take a 14-0 advantage in the period.
Quince Orchard running back Marvin Beander scored on a two-yard run with 2:14 left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 14-7.
However, Funk added a pair of touchdown runs in the second quarter including a 39-yard jaunt to help Damascus take a 27-7 lead with 8:10 remaining.
Funk, who holds offers from Wisconsin, Air Force, Army, Navy, Harvard, Yale and Penn among others, added his fourth touchdown on a 37-yard run with 5:47 remaining in the game.
“My o-line played great,” said Funk. “My fullbacks did a great job clearing out the extra trash that was in there.”