●No. 3 QUINCE ORCHARD HOLDS OFF DAMASCUS: Defensive tackle Adam McLean made several key tackles for loss and the No. 3 Cougars defense forced a 44-yard field goal sail wide left in the final minute in a 7-6 win over the No. 14 Swarmin’ Hornets in a Montgomery County nonleague game in Damascus.
Even though I was tired, I had to fight. My brothers were out there fighting with me,” McLean said. “We had to bone up.”
“Boning up” is the credo of Quince Orchard’s (3-0, 1-0) defense this fall, and the Cougars showed little signs of being rattled Friday, in what should be remembered as a instant classic for Montogmery County football enthusiasts. Damascus (2-1, 2-0) was just as game, just as physical as their 4A rival — and had the upper hand after quarterback Chase Williams converted a one-yard touchdown sneak after a Quince Orchard interception late in the first quarter. But the extra point was blocked, and the Cougars took the lead several minutes later with a seven-play, 63 yard drive capped by an eight-yard touchdown run by Kevin Joppy (108 yards rushing), who was the most electric offensive player on the field on a night when those were scarce.
The defenses took over from there. Damascus sacked Cougars quarterback Mike Murtaugh five times, including on a key third down call inside the Swarmin’ Hornets red zone with just under four minutes remaining. The Cougars turned the ball over on downs, and Damascus responded with a frantic 69-yard drive down to Cougars 28 yard line. That set up a potential game winning field goal attempt with just under a minute to play - and the Cougars brought the house.
I was just praying to God that he was going to miss it,” Cougars’ cornerback Elliott Davis said. “We affected the kickers comfortability.”
After the kick sailed left, Quince Orchard knew it had escaped.
We’ll have a complete game story, photos and video from the game later tonight.
●STONE BRIDGE WINS: Stone Bridge senior running back Sterling Dailey rushed for 196 yards on 26 carries and scored three touchdowns as the No. 7 Bulldogs (2-1) defeated Broad Run 33-14 to win their third straight “Battle of the ‘Burn” rivalry game.
The Spartans (2-1) jumped out to a 7-0 lead when junior QB Brady Reitzel tossed a 25-yard touchdown pass to senior receiver Travis Fulgham with one minute, two seconds left in the first quarter.
Collin Buckley and D’Ante Yarborough added rushing scores for Stone Bridge, which attempted its first pass with :52 remaining in the second quarter.