Maryland 4A football final preview: Quince Orchard, Wise vie for state title
By Roman Stubbs,
Maryland 4A final
When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore
How they got here: Wise (13-0) won its fourth 4A South region title in five years with a 41-6 win over Suitland, then shut out Meade 40-0 in the state semifinal. Quince Orchard (12-1) advanced to its second straight 4A final after holding off Westminster 21-19 last week.
When Quince Orchard has the ball: The Cougars are run-oriented between bruiser Tyrell Williams (550 yards, 12 touchdowns) and quarterback Matt Choi, who rushed for 91 yards and two touchdowns in a semifinal win over Westminster. But Quince Orchard has the capability to spring the big play as well, as Choi proved last week by going play-action in the third quarter to find Elliott Davis for an 83-yard touchdown pass.
When Wise has the ball: The Pumas feature one of the region’s most productive ground games led by Chase Powell (1,443 yards, 30 touchdowns) and have a dangerous playmaker in Kenneth Scott-Kelow, who scored three touchdowns — all on plays of 25 yards or more — in last week’s win over Meade. Limiting Scott-Kelow’s damage will be essential for the Cougars.
Skinny: Both teams have a number of major college prospects on the defensive side, which could turn this game into a grinding, low-scoring affair. Wise has not been in a close game all season — the Pumas have outscored opponents 99-13 in the playoffs — but will meet a Quince Orchard program hungry to avenge its meltdown in the 4A final last year against Old Mill. If Wise’s defense plays up to its talent level — and keeps Choi in check — the Pumas will have an edge in what should be a highly entertaining title game.