Friday, March 07, 2014 3:56 PM
Published on: Thursday, September 26, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
DAMASCUS – Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini celebrated his 100th career victory on Friday after the Cougars’ 7-6 road victory over the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets.
As expected, Mencarini got the standard Gatorade bath following the milestone win.
“It’s more important to the kids and to this team being 3-0 and that’s a game, honestly, we pretty much had no business winning,” said Mencarini, “but we found a way to win and sometimes, like I said, it’s better to be lucky than good.”
The game marked a matchup between two of the county’s premiere football programs. The Cougars and Swarmin’ Hornets have combined for nine state championships since 1981.
In a defensive battle, Kevin Joppy’s 12-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter proved to be the difference in the game.
Damascus (2-1) scored first on quarterback Chase Williams’s one-yard run late in the first quarter but the extra point was blocked by Quince Orchard senior defensive lineman Connor Tilton.
The Cougars defense was phenomenal throughout the game with solid performances from defensive lineman Adam McLean and linebacker Xavier Twine, both juniors.
The Quince Orchard offense was directed by senior quarterback Mike Murtaugh who connected with wide receiver Elliot Davis who made a sensational one-handed catch to set up Joppy’s touchdown run.
Joppy, an All-Sentinel performer at Seneca Valley last season, finished as the game’s leading rusher with over 100 yards.
Meanwhile, Damascus was led by senior Stephon Jacob and sophomores Jake Funk and Da’Quan Grimes who all made key plays to keep the Swarmin’ Hornets in the game.
However, Quince Orchard won the game on the strength of their defense and Joppy praised his team’s performance.
“Defense wins championships,” he said. “They won this game out here. I’m proud of them.”