We’ll have stories, photo galleries, videos and box scores from games around the area later tonight. But for now we offer you an early look at some notable games and scores. Know of something significant that happened tonight? We’d love to hear from you in the comments. Scroll to the bottom of this article for scores.
● NORTHWEST TOPPLES NO. 3 QUINCE ORCHARD: Jaguars sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce tossed four touchdowns as the Northwest upset the third-ranked Cougars 35-21 — marking the Cougars' first regular season defeat since Sept. 28, 2012.
The Jaguars (7-2, 2-2 Montgomery 4A West) led 21-7 at halftime and extended their advantage to 35-13 early in the fourth quarter.
A near-capacity crowd showed up in Gaithersburg for the neighborhood grudge match.
"[Our kids] didn't see it as Quince Orchard — one of the best teams in the state — they saw it as Quince Orchard -- the kids they grew up playing against," Northwest Coach Mike Neubieser said. "And I think that made a big difference with their confidence."
Northwest receivers Joshua Gills and Matt Watson each hauled in a pair of scoring receptions from Pierce.
● HOWARD STUNS NO. 13 RIVER HILL: The Lions upset the visiting Hawks, 21-3, to give the defending 3A state champion their second loss in three weeks.
River Hill was effective in keeping Lions running back Terrell Charles contained, but its focus on the running game opened up the field for quarterback Kevin Sheahin and the receiving corps. Sheahin threw two rushing touchdowns in the first half, one for 18 yards to Neil Caruso and the other a 64-yard sling to wide receiver Justin Marsh on the right side of the field.
The final Lions (7-2) score came on a quarterback sneak in the last nine minutes of play.
River Hill’s lone score came on a 38-yard field goal from kicker Alex Potocko in the second quarter. The Hawks (7-2) were plagued by penalties and injuries. Senior guard Logan Kirby was out for a significant portion of time toward the end of the first half and halfback Aiden Gelb left the field after a 16-yard pass.
The Hawks committed four turnovers — including two interceptions by Lions defensive back Jamil Campbell.
“The kids just believed,” said Coach Bruce Strunk of the program’s first win against River Hill. “In every part of our game, we played well.”
● MUSTANGS KEEP ROLLING: No. 11 Meade got past high-scoring Broadneck, 26-20, to stay one game behind Old Mill’s pace in Howard County. We’ll have a full game story from this one along with a photo gallery soon.
● PAINT BRANCH 55, SHERWOOD 21: Panthers quarterback Gaston Cooper threw for 242 yards and scored five touchdowns to lead Paint Branch past the Warriots in Burtonsville.
Cooper scored at least one passing, rushing and receiving score for Paint Branch (8-1, 5-0) which outlasted a hot start by Sherwood (6-3, 3-1) to win the Montgomery 4A East and position itself for potential home field advantage in the Maryland with a win in the regular season finale next week at Gaithersburg.
“[Sherwood] gave us a good test. It’s how it’s going to be down the road,” Cooper said. “Everything is not just going to be a blowout. It’s a good test for us and it felt good knowing that we could pull through.”
Cooper put Paint Branch up 7-0 early a 85-yard touchdown pass to Javonn Curry at the 7:35 mark of the first quarter, and both teams would combine for 35 points in the next three minutes. That included two electrifying plays by Paint Branch’s Johnny Littlejohn, who scored on a 41-yard run off a reverse and returned a kickoff 81 yards down to the Sherwood three-yard line that set up a Cooper touchdown run that made it 21-14 at the end of the first quarter.
● DUVAL STORMS PAST C.H. FLOWERS: Junior Corey Phillips recovered a fumble for a touchdown and ran an interception back for another as the Tigers rolled to a 40-19 win over the Jaguars at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.
Heading into the game, both teams had 7-1 records and a chance at the No. 2 seed in the Maryland 4A South region. With the win, the Tigers established themselves as the clear-cut No. 2 behind No. 6 Suitland (8-0, 7-0 Prince George’s 4A).
“The defense made some big plays today, especially Corey, the defense came to play today,” said senior running back Terrence Davenport. “We shocked the world yet again [with the lopsided win] — it feels really good.”
Phillips, who didn’t play last year and worked his way into the first-team linebacking corps throughout the season, led a pesky Tigers’ defense that thwarted nearly all of Flowers’ quarterback Malik White’s hopes of passing by charging into his backfield time and time again.
White left the game in the third quarter with what Flowers Coach Mike Mayo called a knee injury, leaving Brian Brown to be victimized by the similar pressure from a Tigers’ defense that forced two fumbles and five punts and scored two touchdowns, both by Phillips.
The debilitating defensive effort was backed by a typically strong showing from standout sophomore quarterback Antoine Brooks, who found senior receiver Jamal Woodland with a perfectly placed jump ball in the end zone for one touchdown, and finished the day with 104 yards passing. He and Davenport shared the Tiger carries, Brooks rushing for 38 yards and Davenport for 43.
“I feel good about where are, but it gets tougher. It gets faster in the playoffs,” Powell said. “I think we’re doing all the right things, we just have to make sure they stay focused.”
● NO. 5 BRIAR WOODS 52, POTOMAC FALLS 0: The Falcons cracked the 40-point mark for the fifth time this season to improve to 8-1 on the year.
●LOUDOUN VALLEY 21, LOUDOUN COUNY 17: Vikings defensive back Marcus Oden and linebacker Brandon Grayson picked off two passes late in the fourth to secure a win on the road in Loudoun’s oldest rivalry.
Grayson, who plays both linebacker and running back, ran for 161 yards on just five touchdowns. He scored on runs of 79 and 48 from the Wildcat formation as the quarterback.
“First of all, the 78 yarder was supposed to go the left but I saw two guys off the corner so I turned right and kept running,” Grayson said. “I didn’t want to get tackled so I kept running.
Trailing 21-17 with just under two minutes left and the Raiders on Valley’s 8-yard-line, Grayson grabbed a tipped pass into the end zone to end the threat.
Valley was forced to punt after not converting a first down with 58 seconds left though giving the Raiders another shot. But Oden picked off a pass on the Raiders’ first play from scrimmage to seal the win and lift the Vikings to an 8-1 record.
FRIDAY’S SCORES (more to come here)
Annapolis 32, Southern 27
Arundel 47, Chesapeake 8
Bethesda-Chevy Chase 34, Richard Montgomery 0
Blair 28, Blake 14
Boonsboro 35, Poolesville 34
Centennial 48, Marriotts Ridge 0
Clarksburg 35, Magruder 0
No. 7 Damascus 55, Wheaton 6
No. 16 DuVal 40, C.H. Flowers 19
Forestville 43, Largo 0
No. 20 Gaithersburg 43, Walter Johnson 0
Glenelg 21, Long Reach 0
Howard 21, No. 13 River Hill 3
Huntingtown 14, Westlake 6
Lackey 42, Great Mills 0
Leonardtown 26, Chopticon 6
No. 11 Meade 26, Broadneck 20
Mount Hebron 39, Oakland Mills 21
North Point 54, La Plata 7
Northwest 35, No. 3 Quince Orchard 21
No. 9 Old Mill 59, North County 0
Paint Branch 55, Sherwood 21
Reservoir 33, Atholton 26
Seneca Valley 49, Einstein 12
Severna Park 43, Northeast 0
Springbrook 27, Kennedy 3
Surrattsville 38, Friendly 28
Thomas Stone 50, McDonough 8
Watkins Mill 48, Northwood 6
Whitman 28, Churchill 7
Wootton 58, Rockville 40
No. 5 Briar Woods 52, Potomac Falls 7
No. 2 Centreville 56, Herndon 20
Clarke County 35, George Mason 2
Dominion 17, Park View 0
Fauquier 28, Brentsville 0
Edison 42, Stuart 10
Hayfield 28, Falls Church 26
Heritage 24, Champe 0
No. 8 Hylton 44, Potomac (Va.) 0
Langley 49, Madison 14
Loudoun Valley 21, Loudoun County 17
McLean 41, Jefferson 20
Patriot 35, Osbourn 7
Robinson 29, Chantilly 28
No. 18 South County 45, No. 4 Lake Braddock 21
South Lakes 38, Marshall 7
No. 14 Stone Bridge 33, Fairfax 28
T.C. Williams 14, West Springfield 10
Tuscarora 48, Freedom-South Riding 0
Washington-Lee 56, Wakefield 21
No. 12 Westfield, Oakton 7
William Monroe 32, Manassas Park 28
Woodgrove 24, Broad Run 23
W.T. Woodson 28, Lee 7
No. 19 Yorktown 31, Mount vernon 21
Capital Christian 60, Richard Wright 0
McDonogh 23, Spalding 12
Perry Street Prep 50, Avalon 20
Riverdale Baptist 20, Cesar Chavez 0
Fredericksburg Christian 41, Paul VI Catholic 21