GAITHERSBURG – The Quince Orchard defense rose to the occasion during Friday night’s 35-7 victory over Blair in a 4A West Region semifinal game at the Cougar Dome.
After racing out to a 21-7 halftime lead, the Quince Orchard defense pitched a second half shutout.
The win marked Quince Orchard’s tenth consecutive victory and sent the Cougars to the 4A West final for the 12th straight year.
Blair (8-3) entered the game boasting an arsenal of weapons including quarterback Desmond Colby, running back Eric Zokouri and wide receiver Cliff Carter, who set out to make a statement during the postseason.
However, Quince Orchard senior defensive back Fofie Bazzie and his teammates had other plans in mind.
“I knew I was going against the number one receiver in Maryland,” said Bazzie, a Maryland commit. “I did what I had to do for my team.”
Bazzie’s first half interception halted a Blair drive and sparked the Cougars’ momentum throughout the contest.
Short touchdown runs from quarterback Doc Bonner and running back Marvin Beander helped put the Cougars ahead 21-0 before Colby connected with Carter on a 30-yard touchdown before halftime.
Beander scored on a one-yard run and tight end Noah Pagley caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from Bonner to seal the win.
Quince Orchard (10-1) will host Richard Montgomery (10-1) in the 4A West Region final after the Rockets stunned visiting Northwest 28-13.
“Richard Montgomery is a great team,” said Quince Orchard senior wide receiver and defensive back JJ Worthy, who registered an interception in the fourth quarter. “We can’t come out and take them lightly.”