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Q.O. pounds previously unbeaten G-burg

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Published on: Thursday, October 31, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

ROCKVILLE – What was billed as a matchup between Montgomery County’s last remaining unbeaten football teams turned into a rout on the gridiron Friday night as Quince Orchard dominated Gaithersburg at Roy Lester Stadium.

Quince Orchard running backs Kyle Green, Shawn Barlow and Kevin “Twos” Joppy helped lead the Cougars to a 41-6 victory over Gaithersburg and earned bragging rights in the unofficial “Battle of Gaithersburg.”

Green, the kid brother of former Quince Orchard All-Sentinel tailback Mark Green, rushed for a game-high 144 yards on 17 carries and scored on a 32-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

Green, a junior, was among five different Quince Orchard players who scored touchdowns. The Cougars (8-0) also got touchdown runs from Barlow and Joppy.

“I feel like I played great,” said Green. “My other running back Shawn Barlow, he played great and Kevin Joppy played great. We’re just three tough guys.”

Meanwhile, Quince Orchard senior quarterback Mike Murtaugh connected with Malcolm Brown and Elliott Davis on a pair of scoring strikes in the second quarter.

Moments after Brown’s six-yard touchdown reception from Murtaugh, the quarterback found Davis who outraced his defender en route to a 72-yard score to help give the Cougars a 24-0 advantage at the intermission.

Led by defensive lineman Adam McLean, the Cougars defense was stout. McLean, a former All-Sentinel standout at Avalon, registered a pair of quarterback sacks and applied pressure on Gaithersburg gunslinger Nick DeCarlo for much of the game.

The Quince Orchard defense tackled DeCarlo in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter.

Prior to Friday’s game, the Gaithersburg (7-1) defense had not given up more than 14 points in a single game this season. Quince Orchard’s defense has yielded just four touchdowns all season long.

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