Quince Orchard running back Kevin Joppy picked up his first offer from Toledo last week.
(Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Quince Orchard defensive back Kyle Gregory committed to Monmouth on Saturday, while the Cougars’ star running back Kevin Joppy has earned his first scholarship offer from Toledo.


The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Gregory, who was one of the most productive defensive player this fall for the Cougars, verbally committed to the Hawks after taking his official visit this weekend. He becomes the third Quince Orchard player in three years to pledge to Monmouth, following in the footsteps of defensive lineman Darnell Leslie (2011) and receiver Matt Choi (2012).

“Just the comfort of having Matt Choi and Darnell there, I was just really comfortable around the guys…around people there in general,” said Gregory, who also considered Stony Brook, Toledo and Richmond. “Their program is really on the rise. They’re about to move into a new stadium next year and they’ll be moving to the Big South next year. They just have a lot of things going on.

Gregory will have an opportunity to play early, he said, and will be asked to play safety. He was the Cougars’ second-leading tackler this fall with 67 stops, and added four interceptions and 14 passes defended. Quince Orchard finished 10-2 and lost to eventual state champion Northwest in the Maryland 4A West Region final last month.

Gregory’s teammate, running back Kevin Joppy, also had a breakthrough on the recruiting front last week. Joppy earned his first scholarship offer from Toledo on Wednesday, he said, a move that left him “shocked.”

“I wasn’t even expecting it at all,” Joppy said.

The Rockets, who have a well-known recruiting presence in the Washington area, had been tracking Joppy before he had transferred from Seneca Valley to Quince Orchard last summer. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Joppy rushed for 1,132 yards and 20 touchdowns this fall, averaging 7.2 yards per carry. He also caught 12 passes for 150 yards.

Joppy has attracted much interest over the past year, including from North Carolina State, Pittsburgh and Temple, but a scholarship had failed to materialize until after the season. This could lead to more opportunities, Joppy said, but he is excited about what Toledo has to offer.

“It took a while to get my first offer,”said  Joppy, who will take his official visit in January 17. “It’s just a good feeling. Like I know, if that’s my only offer, that’s where I’m going to take it. It’s just exciting.”


Total yards for Centreville quarterback Scott Walter, who threw three touchdown passes to help the Wildcats to a 35-14 win over Westfield in the Virginia 6A North region title game Saturday.


— Here’s a nice story from Post sports reporter Brandon Parker on the trials of Centreville’s Isaac Samuel, who has overcome a lot of personal hardship on his way to helping the Wildcats this postseason.

— Support poured in from far and wide prior to the game, but Patuxent fell just a little bit short in a 17-3 loss to Middletown in the 2A title game this weekend.

— In a wild, vindicating performance, Briar Woods came up with a two-point conversion stop late to preserve a 27-25 win over North Stafford in the Virginia 5A North region title game.



The Wildcats beat rival No. 6 Westfield, 35-14, to advance to the Virginia 6A state championship game against Oscar Smith. (Nick Plum for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post/The Washington Post)

The Falcons survived a late-game thriller to claim the Virginia 5A region title and a chance to compete for a fourth straight state championship with a 27-25 win over the Wolverines. (Andrew Kloc for Synthesis/Koubaroulis LLC./The Washington Post)

What to Watch:

Watch out for the icy patch! With most area schools closed or delaying openings today, most of Monday’s athletic contests have already been cancelled. If you’re home, stay warm, and if you’re out on the sidewalks and roads today, watch your step.