Maryland 4A final: Despite loss, Quince Orchard has reason to celebrate
By James Wagner and and Josh Barr,
BALTIMORE — Despite falling to No. 3 Old Mill, 36-35, on an overtime two-point conversion in the Maryland 4A final at M&T Bank Stadium, second-ranked Quince Orchard had little trouble reaching for positives after a 13-1 season.
“That was a good play by a good running back,” said Quince Orchard running back Mark Green of the game’s final snap — a toss to Green’s counterpart, Rob Chesson. “But we’re still going to celebrate. We’re not going to let one game define us.”
Green shined in defeat, carrying 42 times for 216 yards and three touchdowns.
“I’ve played football and lacrosse and this was my favorite season by far because of the chemistry and the guys on the team,” senior linebacker Marty Heyn said. “I feel like we should have come out with a win, but Old Mill is a really good team.”
Big kick extends game
Trailing by a touchdown with less than a minute left, Old Mill wide receiver Carl Chance hauled in a pass from quarterback Deonte Shields over two Quince Orchard defenders. As he crossed the goal line, Chance threw his right arm into the air repeatedly as the Patriots’ sideline erupted in celebration.
“We just lost our composure,” Old Mill Coach Chad McCormick said. “They just got lost in the moment.”
The flag meant sophomore kicker Brady Hannon had to make a 35-yard extra point with 42 seconds left to tie the game at 28. Hannon’s longest field goal of the season was a 28-yarder.
“Brady stepped up and kicked it,” McCormick said. “Another five yards and it would have been out of his range.”
G. Prep out of MIAA
Georgetown Prep has withdrawn its football team from the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and will compete as an independent next season.
The Little Hoyas had competed in the Baltimore-based league for the past seven seasons since they were kicked out of the Interstate Athletic Conference following the 2004 season. However, while Georgetown Prep believed the league provided good competition and made it easier to fill out a schedule, it was difficult to maintain a presence in the Washington area while having to travel to play many league opponents.