Quince Orchard linebacker Marcus Newby blind-sided an unaware Northwest player on a punt in the first half of Friday night’s Maryland 4A West region final, and after the crushing hit, the Jaguars’ gunner lay on the field motionless. The crowd fell silent, and Northwest Coach Mike Neubeiser ran onto the field to check on his player — then yelled across the field at his childhood friend and Quince Orchard Coach Dave Mencarini, who screamed back.
This old and rich Montgomery County rivalry had all the makings to be a playoff classic in Gaithersburg — but No. 9 Quince Orchard was clearly the more physical and nasty team from the outset. Tyrell Williams ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns and wide receiver D’Andre Johnson added three touchdowns as the Cougars rolled to a 41-7 win over the 20th-ranked Jaguars.
“That’s the key to any game. You have to more physical at the line of scrimmage,” Williams said, “Or else you’re not going to win.”