Quince Orchard's running game hit full stride last night as the visiting Panthers defeated Richard Montgomery, 35-7, in a Montgomery County nonleague game.

The Panthers relied on running backs Kai Hebron and Ray Gray to roll up 301 yards rushing and raise their record to 5-1. Richard Montgomery (2-4) was limited to 165 total yards.

"We planned to run up the middle to wear them down and develop our passing game," said Hebron, who rushed for 152 yards. "I knew they wouldn't stop me and Ray."

Richard Montgomery took a 7-0 first-quarter lead as quarterback Mike McEneaney shredded the Panthers secondary for several long gains. A tipped 23-yard pass to Kent Ricks resulted in the touchdown.

Quince Orchard's pass defense stiffened, though, holding McEneaney to six of 21 with three interceptions for the game.

Hebron set the Panthers in good field position by returning the ensuing kickoff to midfield. Hebron and Gray took turns pounding the ball up the middle to the Rockets' 28. Quarterback Vinnie Arianna then faked the handoff inside, rolled right and started upfield before threading a pass to Ritchie Tyler in the corner of the end zone. Graig Williams blocked the extra point and the Rockets held a 7-6 lead.

In the second quarter, Gray broke touchdown runs of 20 and 47 yards to give Quince Orchard a 20-7 halftime lead.

Gray's second touchdown came on a reverse direction handoff in which Arianna rolled left then handed off to Gray coming the other way. He ran untouched down the right sideline for the score.

"We ran the counter and all of a sudden I'm down the sideline," said Gray, who rushed 10 times for 100 yards. "{Aaron} Duffin hit the last man and, boom, touchdown."

Jeff Dofflemyer delivered the crushing blow in the third quarter by intercepting McEneaney's pass over the middle and returning it 25 yards for the final score.

"All we can think of now is Seneca Valley," Hebron said of Quince Orchard's next opponent. "If we can beat them, it means playoffs."