Quince Orchard has been hit hard by injuries in recent weeks, and junior quarterback Tobin Pagley will make his first varsity start Friday. Mencarini is still unsure if Pagley will have wide receiver Elliott Davis and running back Keano Wilder at his disposal after the two starters were injured last week, and running back Tyrell Williams is still out with an ankle injury suffered in the season opener against Sherwood.
Neubeiser’s team has a clean bill of health, and he said he is anxious to return to Quince Orchard to coach. It will be his first game on the visiting sideline at the school since 2001, which adds significance to the matchup against Mencarini.
“It’s difficult to coach against guys you care that much about,” said Neubeiser, who starred at Gaithersburg, where Mencarini’s father, Joe, was an assistant for two decades. “I haven’t coached there in a while. That’s going to be weird.” . . .
Einstein senior Khalil Wilson — the county’s leading rusher — goes up against one of the area’s top defenses this week when the Titans (2-1) visit No. 16 Damascus (3-0). The 5-foot-9, 215-pound back has topped the 100-yard mark in all three games this season, including last week against Rockville when he ran for 302 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Wilson has averaged more than 11 yards per carry in racking up 546 rushing yards and four touchdowns so far. Damascus has not allowed a rushing touchdown yet this season, and no individual player has gained more than 46 yards on the ground against the Swarmin’ Hornets. . . .
Paint Branch starting wide receiver Javonn Curry returns to the lineup this week against Blake after missing last Friday’s game against Quince Orchard. Coach Mike Nesmith, who said starting linebacker and starting wide receiver Andrew Martin is no longer with the team, added that Curry’s return will bring continuity to the position following Martin’s departure. Nesmith calls this week’s matchup with Blake (1-2) a “must-win,” following the 34-0 loss to Quince Orchard. . . .
Springbrook (2-1) will be without its top two wide receivers against Whitman (1-2) this week, with Isaiah Eisendorf still nursing a broken ankle that occurred in preseason camp and tight end Robert Bass, Jr. suffering a high-ankle sprain last week in a 16-2 loss to Walter Johnson.