GAITHERSBURG — On Thursday night, two undefeated schools faced off on the gridiron: the Clarksburg Coyotes (2-1) and Quince Orchard Cougars (3-0). However, only one team could remain undefeated, and QO did just that as they blew out Clarksburg 55-14 at the Cougar Dome.
Despite the fact that both teams were 2-0 coming into this game, Quince Orchard was the team ranked in MoCoFootball.com’s Elite Six poll, at Number 2.
The entire first half was dominated by the Cougars. Their first drive resulted in sophomore quarterback Brian Plummer completing a 23-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Brenden McGonacle for the 6-0 lead (the extra-point attempt was unsuccessful). On their next possession, Plummer hooked up with senior Chris Webb towards the left sideline for a 46-yard catch-and-run touchdown. The successful two-point conversion extended the Cougars’ lead to 14-0.
Quince Orchard then scored two more touchdowns in the quarter, both by junior tailback Marquez Cooper, who first scored on a 13-yard run, one play after his huge 45-yard gain inside the red zone. Then, his second touchdown run came from seven yards out.
“He’s a stud,” said Cougars head coach John Kelley. “He runs hard. Great kid. Hard worker and all his hard work is paying off here on the field.”
Sophomore Jeremiah White also contributed to the Quince Orchard running game as he scored on a 21-yard touchdown run in the second half to improve the shutout to 35-0.
The Cougars defense also looked mighty strong in the first half, as they forced the Coyotes to punt on every drive in the half. They also scored when junior defensive lineman Steven Williams took a shanked punt into the end zone to extend the lead to 42-0.
Cooper went on to score his third touchdown of the night on a 32-yard run late in the quarter to extend the shutout lead to 48-0. He finished the game with 163 yards and three scores on nine carries.
“I just want to thank my O-line,” Cooper said. “Thomas [DeCastro], Demeioun [Robinson]. Demeioun just started playing O-line, and he’s doing a wonderful job. Logan Moyer, he’s a beast. And Jack, John [Salazar], and Max Bernard.
The shutout ended, however, on the ensuing kickoff, when Clarksburg sophomore Drew Moore raced 85 yards all the way to the end zone to cut the deficit to 48-7 at halftime.
White showed up once again in the third quarter, as a 32-yard gain to the CHS two-yard line set up his second touchdown of the game from two yards out to make it 55-7.
The Coyotes added a late touchdown when senior Toron Williams took a screen pass from senior quarterback Joey Perkins and scored. But it was too little, too late.
Despite the blowout, Clarksburg head coach Bob Plante felt positive about his team. “We started nine underclassmen on defense,” he said. “That’s all part of program-building. We’re not there yet, but we’re taking steps in the right direction, and we fought the guys towards the end.”
Quince Orchard will look for their fourth win as they travel to Potomac to face the Bullis Bulldogs on Sept. 21 at 7:00 p.m., while the Coyotes will look to get back on track when they host the Springbrook Blue Devils on the same day at 6:30 p.m.