Football: Kevin Joppy helps Quince Orchard run past Whitman

September 12, 2013

One by one, Whitman’s defenders were brushed aside by running back Kevin Joppy. On more than one occasion, the only way that they could get him to the ground was by yanking on his jersey.

“Personally,” Joppy said, “I don’t like to go down on first contact.”

Try as they might, the Vikings could rarely stop — or even slow down — Joppy and No. 3 Quince Orchard in Bethesda Thursday night. The Cougars took a 35-0 lead into halftime and cruised to a 42-0 victory.

Joppy, a transfer from Seneca Valley, had 118 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries in the first half. Like several Quince Orchard starters, he watched from the sideline as the reserves completed the blowout.

“He doesn’t say much. He doesn’t talk much. He’s just a worker,” Cougars Coach Dave Mencarini said. “He’s a great player and we’re lucky to have him.”

School starts at Woodbridge, and the Vikings are searching for their first win. Top prospect Da’Shawn Hand makes his first official visit to Michigan for the Notre Dame game at the Big House. (Brad Horn and Jayne Orenstein/The Washington Post)

The Vikings couldn’t stop Joppy, and they couldn’t stop Mike Murtaugh, either. The senior quarterback completed 13 of his 18 attempts, throwing for 199 yards and three touchdowns. Senior Preston Bampoe-Addo accounted for two of those scores, one from 35 yards out and another from 43 at the end of the first half.

The Cougars (2-0) recorded 471 yards of total offense.

“I thought we took another step as a team tonight,” Mencarini said. “The thing that was encouraging for me was that our guys can now see how explosive we can be when we’re hitting on all cylinders. We’re awfully tough to defend.”

Running back Zac Morton paced the Vikings (1-1) with 52 yards on 13 carries.

Joppy gained a significant chunk of his yards on one run in the middle of the second quarter. Before the play, senior offensive lineman Scott Mongold told the running back to follow him through the hole. Joppy obeyed, ripping off a 51-yard run.

“He’s an explosive running back, as you saw tonight,” said Grant Ross, another senior offensive lineman. “It’s just a pleasure to block for him. Once you make one block, that’s it. It’s just the most fun I’ve ever had.”

Joppy felt the same way, crediting his offensive line for “getting the job done” up front. When asked to sum up the game, the senior glanced at the stadium lights and grinned.

“We put on a show tonight,” Joppy said. “As a team, we put on a show tonight.”

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