Quince Orchard defeats C.H. Flowers

November 25, 2011

Quince Orchard defeats C.H. Flowers

Quince Orchard running back Mark Green bounced through ladders, ran with a parachute on his back or five-pound weights strapped to his legs through much of the last offseason. He did agility drills, lifted weights and circled the school’s track. The goal was to be playing a meaningful game in December, and Friday night that goal was realized.

Green scored two touchdowns and ground out 279 yards on 43 carries to lead the third-ranked Cougars into the Maryland 4A state final with a 23-12 win over No. 12 C.H. Flowers. The heavy workload against the Jaguars gave Green a punishing 249 carries on the season.

“Offseason, I worked my butt off,” said Green, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior. “Every single day I was here after school working out. I never took a day off — even when it was cold outside I’d still run this track. It’s all about commitment and dedication.”

After ending C.H. Flowers’s improbable playoff run, undefeated Quince Orchard (13-0) will face undefeated No. 5 Old Mill on Friday at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. It will be Quince Orchard’s first appearance in the state final since winning it in 2007.

The Cougars took a 7-0 lead with a nifty 42-yard screen pass reception and run by junior fullback Tyrell Williams, who finished with 142 receiving yards. But two plays later, C.H. Flowers (9-4), which fumbled on its opening drive at the goal line, scored on a 66-yard run by speedy running back Edwin Walker, who finished with 125 rushing yards.

With a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter, Green started finding a groove. On Quince Orchard’s next drive, he took a handoff, bounced to the right side and scored on a 14-yard run.

With 28 seconds left in the half, Green scored on a 39-yard run up the middle that included a spin move at the 10. That score gave the Cougars a 20-6 lead at the half.

The Jaguars’ defense stiffened in the second half, yielding only a 34-yard field goal by Chris McPherson. But Green pounded out key yards when the Cougars needed him to, getting the ball on 27 snaps over the final two quarters.

After shaking hands with C.H. Flowers players, Green walked gingerly toward his team’s postgame huddle. He crouched down slowly. Quince Orchard Coach Dave Mencarini then walked up to hug him.

“This guy got himself in unbelievable shape for his senior year,” Mencarini said. “. . . He is a very different player. One of the best ever.”

by James Wagner

Quince Orchard running back Mark Green bounced through ladders, ran with a parachute on his back or five-pound weights strapped to his legs through much of the last offseason. He did agility drills, lifted weights and circled the school’s track. The goal was to be playing a meaningful game in December, and Friday night that goal was realized.

Green scored two touchdowns and ground out 279 yards on 43 carries to lead the third-ranked Cougars into the Maryland 4A state final with a 23-12 win over No. 12 C.H. Flowers. The heavy workload against the Jaguars gave Green a punishing 249 carries on the season.

“Offseason, I worked my butt off,” said Green, a 5-foot-9, 175-pound senior. “Every single day I was here after school working out. I never took a day off — even when it was cold outside I’d still run this track. It’s all about commitment and dedication.”

After ending C.H. Flowers’s improbable playoff run, undefeated Quince Orchard (13-0) will face undefeated No. 5 Old Mill on Friday at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium. It will be Quince Orchard’s first appearance in the state final since winning it in 2007.

The Cougars took a 7-0 lead with a nifty 42-yard screen pass reception and run by junior fullback Tyrell Williams, who finished with 142 receiving yards. But two plays later, C.H. Flowers (9-4), which fumbled on its opening drive at the goal line, scored on a 66-yard run by speedy running back Edwin Walker, who finished with 125 rushing yards.

With a 7-6 lead early in the second quarter, Green started finding a groove. On Quince Orchard’s next drive, he took a handoff, bounced to the right side and scored on a 14-yard run.

With 28 seconds left in the half, Green scored on a 39-yard run up the middle that included a spin move at the 10. That score gave the Cougars a 20-6 lead at the half.

The Jaguars’ defense stiffened in the second half, yielding only a 34-yard field goal by Chris McPherson. But Green pounded out key yards when the Cougars needed him to, getting the ball on 27 snaps over the final two quarters.

After shaking hands with C.H. Flowers players, Green walked gingerly toward his team’s postgame huddle. He crouched down slowly. Quince Orchard Coach Dave Mencarini then walked up to hug him.

“This guy got himself in unbelievable shape for his senior year,” Mencarini said. “. . . He is a very different player. One of the best ever.”

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.
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