●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.
●OLD MILL PREVAILS, 30-20:
Late in the third quarter, Meade’s offense was taking over at the Old Mill 30, looking to grab the lead down 17-14.
Not on Noah Fitzgerald’s watch.
The Old Mill linebacker crashed the Meade backfield, which possibly surprised quarterback Marcus Smith. Smith dropped the ball, with Fitzgerald on the spot to pick it up and run 16 yards the other way.
“They were getting hot, it was getting bad,” Fitzgerald said. “Somebody needed to step up and make a play. I saw an opportunity.”
The fumble recovery swung the momentum in Old Mill’s 30-20 win at Meade (2-1) Friday night. The Patriots (3-0) converted Fitzgerald’s fumble recovery into points with a 10-play drive, capped with a 2-yard touchdown by running back Donovan
Fitzgerald’s fumble recovery was his second turnover of the night. He also picked off a pass early in the second quarter.
Turnovers turned out to be the difference in the game, with Meade committing three to Old Mill’s zero.
●RIVER HILL ROLLS ON: No. 8 River Hill extended its win streak to 27 with a 28-6 win at Howard County rival No. 8 Atholton. The return of senior running back Kalonji Moore allowed the defending 3A state champions to run up the middle, and the defense was able to shut down a capable Atholton recieving corps.
The Hawks opened the scoring on a drive beginning at the Raiders’ 25 yardline and ending with a 15-yard pass from senior quarterback Drew Pritchard to Chris Galloway to put the Hawks on the board with 2 minutes 10 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Atholton responded with a 14-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Philip Frazier to wide receiver Bryan Barney with eight minutes and 42 seconds to go in the half. The run to the red zone was helped by a 20-yard carry from Craig Johnson and a pair of personal fouls on the Hawks, along with another five-yard penalty.
The Hawks added another with less than five left in the third on five carries and 60 yards from Moore. A quick quarterback sneak over the line from less than a yard out by Pritchard brought River Hill up to 21 less than three minutes into the fourth quarter.
Atholton was stymied by the Hawks line with consecutive sacks on the next possession. River Hill closed the scoring with three minutes and 11 seconds remaining on a nine-yard carry from senior halfback Tre Patterson.
FRIDAY’S SCORES (more to come)
Ballou 39, Eastern 0
Annapolis 33, Glen Burnie 6
Blake 20, Magruder 14
Broadneck 33, South River 12
Eleanor Roosevelt 39, High Point 0
Glenelg 24, Reservoir 6
Huntingtown 21, Calvert 14
Northwest 20, Seneca Valley 13
Old Mill 30, Meade 20
Paint Branch 43, Kennedy 12
Potomac (Md.) 14, Friendly 6
Quince Orchard 7, Damascus 6
River Hill 28, Atholton 6
Severna Park 28, Chesapeake 27 (OT)
Sherwood 22, Springbrook 14
South Hagerstown 36, Poolesville 13
Dominion 28, Heritage 9
Loudoun County 27, Park View 3
Loudoun Valley 49, Potomac Falls 21
Stone Bridge 33, Broad Run 14
Woodgrove 51, Champe 0
Bullis 21, Spalding 14
John Paul the Great 55, Nativity 0
McDonogh 41, Georgetown Prep 10
St. Paul's 28, Landon 14
Perry Street Prep 37, Phelps 2
Tuscarora (Va.) 35, Martinsburg (W.Va.) 34