Jags Defeat Quince Orchard to Win 4A West Regional Title

For the second year in a row, the Northwest Jaguars traveled three-and-half miles down Great Seneca Highway to face their arch-rivals, the Quince Orchard Cougars in the Cougar Dome to win the 4A West Regional title in a hard-hitting and down the wire game. It took all 60 minutes but the Jaguars beat the Cougars 28-21, thanks in large part to a defensive stop to end the game. The Cougar offense was able to come back late in the game and put together a drive which started at the Northwest 48-yard with 2:27 left in the game. Quince Orchard, down by seven, was able to convert two third-and-long situations and a fourth-down and drive the ball to the Northwest seven-yard line. The Cougars were set up first and goal with 15-second remaining. The Northwest defense, lead by seniors Troy Lefeged, Chuck Anya, and Mervin Janet, were able to stifle the Quince Orchard drive. Lefeged had two big tackles and Anya and Janet pressured QO quarterback Carson Knight and he misfires on sure touchdown pass to running back Kyle Green with six-seconds left. The Cougars hopes of a comeback would end when Knight would lose his footing on a roll out and go down to run out the clock. “My blood pressure is real high right now,” said Northwest Head Coach Mike Neubeiser about the last drive. “That was a tough one. I am real proud of our kids to get that goal line stand at the end. It is impressive.”

The Northwest defense was able to do a better job of controlling the Cougar running game on Friday night, than in the last meeting, which was a 52-27 blowout win by Quince Orchard on Nov. 1. In this game Neubeiser said they were not going to let the QO running game, lead by Kyle Green, beat them. “We put a lot more guys in the box. We put everybody up there and we sold out for the run, and did enough in coverage to get it done.” While the Jaguar defense may have had the last hurrah, it was the Jag offense that got things started. The Northwest offense’s ability to break off a big play at any time was again on this display in the 28-21 victory, as Jag’s running back E.J. Lee got the scoring started on the first play from scrimmage with a 72-yard touchdown run through the gut of Quince Orchard’s defense.
It was that early score which allowed Northwest to control the game, according to Lee, “We weren’t down in the first quarter and we were able to run the ball, because they had to respect both the pass and the run.” And run he did. Lee would break out for a number of runs for 15 or more yards, including a 45 yard-run, and 1-yard touchdown run. Lee was also a threat on special teams with a 75-yard kick-off return. Lee’s return would lead to another Jag touchdown when Khalil Owens would sprint four-yards off the left side to the end zone to reclaim the lead for the Jags. On the previous series, a bad punt snap by Northwest was recovered in the end zone by QO to put the Cougars on the scoreboard. Jags lead 14-7. All the running by Lee would open up the Jags potent passing attack, which had been waiting to make its presence felt. The bitter cold seemed to be a factor as Mark Pierce and his receivers couldn’t quite make the down field connection except for an 11-yard pass to Brandon Williams in the first quarter.

Pierce and Williams would hook up on an 80-yard touchdown throw to put the Jags up 21-7 going into halftime. And Pierce’s arm and Lee’s legs combined with the lead would keep the Quince Orchard defense guessing the entire rest of the game. The Jags will host the first round of the Maryland State Semi-Finals next week, but must await the outcome of the DuVal vs. Eleanor Roosevelt game at 1:00 pm on Saturday. If DuVal (9-3) wins they will play Northwest. If DuVal loses then, Howard (11-1) will play at Northwest next week. “We will figure out who were playing and get back to work and we are excited to be practicing on Thanksgiving,” said Neubeiser.

Captions:
Top: Northwest defenders Chuck Anya (33) and Mervin Janet (51) pressure Quince Orchard quarterback Carson Knight (12) during the final seconds, forcing Knight to miss his receiver in the end zone, to preserve the 28-21 Northwest victory.
Next: Northwest wide receiver, senior Brandon Williams (9) catches and Mark Pierce pass and goes 80-yards to give the Jaguars a 14-7 lead.
Next: Northwest senior E.J. Lee takes a hand off on the first play from scrimmage and goes 72-yards for the first score of the game.
Next: Sophomore Khalil Owens (4) sacks Quince Orchard quarterback Carson Knight (12) in the fourth quarter of Northwest’s 28-21 victory.
Next: E.J. Lee runs for a long gain.

Final Score Northwest 28 Quince Orchard 21

Special Reporting for MoCoDaily Kevin O’Rourke of http://www.germantownpulse.net/

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Damascus wins over Linganore with LIGHTS going out

The Damascus HS Swarming Hornets are hosting the Lancers from Linganore HS located in Frederick County. This match up is a regional final. The Lancers are set to receive the opening kick off, and get a short return. They quickly end up facing a 4th and 17, forcing them to punt, giving the Hornets the ball on their own 35 yard line. Hornets go 3 and out and punt, neither teams is able to get going. Lancers come to 4th and 19, and punt giving the Hornets the ball at mid field. The Hornets come up to a 4th and 7, with 2:43 left in the 1st quarter and punt. #2 Jalen Christian is injured and is helped off the field by the trainers, they are working on the sidelines with an ankle injury. The Lancers come up and are punting again and they get an automatic 1st down when the penalty is called for Ruffin the kicker.

The score at the start of the second quarter is 0-0, Hornets #4 Alec Magas tackles the Lancers running back in the backfield for a loss of 5 yards. On the next play, #8 intercepts a pass from Lancers quarterback #7 Nathaniel Musselman. #34 Jake Funk picks up a 1st down, but still can’t move the ball a lot. The Hornets come to a 4th and 9 and go for it, and come up short, giving the ball back to the Lancers on their own 27 yard line. Lancers go 3 and out, and punt, giving the ball to the Hornets on the 40 yard line of the Lancer. Hornets move down field and #3 Anthony Jordan, scores with 1:06 left in the 2nd quarter, the extra point was good setting the score at Damascus 7-0.

At halftime, the Damascus Pom’s perform the routine and just as the Marching Band sets up for their show, the field lights go out, they go ahead and perform in the dark, the lights are out for about 25 minutes or so.

Starting the 3rd quarter, Hornets #2 Jalen Christian is back on the sideline, but in street clothes and crutches. I asked if he was ok and he said he would be fine. The Lancers end up punting again, and #34 Jake Funk picks up two 1st downs, and get the ball inside the 6 yard line, it is now 1st and goal on the 3 yard line. With 2:55 left in the 3rd quarter, #34 Jake Funk scores on a short run, and the extra point was good setting the at 14-0. With the ensuing kick off, the Lancers try to scoop the ball up and Hornets #16 recovers the touched ball and gives the Hornets the ball on the Lancers 18 yard line. The Hornets can’t get it in, and on 4th and 3 on the Lancers 11 yard line, they set up to go for it, then call a time out, then try for a filed goal, wide right, no good with 45 seconds left in the 3rd. The lights go out for a 2nd time.

With 7:22 left in the 4th quarter, the Lancers score on a 3 yard pass from #7 Nathaniel Musselman to Adam Beisser, extra point good, Hornets 14-7. They score again with a 18 yard run from #7 Nathaniel Musselman and try for a 2 point conversion, with a keeper, he slips and falls short. Hornets 14-13 with 2:01 left in the game.

Final Score Damascus 14 Linganore 13

Story and Photos by Jeffrey Vogt

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