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Northwest linebacker Brendan Thompson makes a hit on Q.O. wide receiver Bampoe-Addo forcing a fumble that Northwest recovered with a littmore than 11 minutes left in the second quarter. Photo by Jacqui South
Published on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
GAITHERSBURG – Northwest did the unthinkable Friday night at the Cougar Dome.
The Jaguars upset Quince Orchard on their home field for the second time this month, capturing the 4A West region title with a 28-20 victory over the Cougars before a capacity crowd.
In the first meeting between the rival schools, Northwest beat Quince Orchard, 35-21, handing the Cougars their only regular season loss.
In the much anticipated rematch, Northwest’s offense had little trouble moving the ball against a stout Quince Orchard defense.
Northwest sophomore quarterback Mark Pierce led a balanced offensive attack that featured running back E.J. Lee and wide receiver Matt Watson. Lee rushed for 103 yards and Watson scored three touchdowns in the win.
“We have a whole lot on this team and the most thing we have is heart,” said Pierce, who completed 15-of-27 passes for 126 yards and a pair of touchdowns. “We have heart and as a group we’re strong. We have a very strong bond.”
The Jaguars struck first, scoring on Watson’s eight-yard touchdown reception from Pierce in the first quarter. On the first play of the second quarter, Pierce connected with Josh Gills from 14 yards out to give the Jaguars a 13-0 advantage. Watson scored on a 29-yard end around play later in the period to put Northwest ahead, 20-0.
However, Quince Orchard (10-2) responded shortly thereafter, scoring on a 54-yard run by Kevin “Twos” Joppy and Shawn Barlow’s 11-yard run to cut the deficit to 20-14 at the half.
Both teams traded touchdowns late in the fourth quarter, Watson scored on a 21-yard end around play and the Jaguars added the two-point conversion while Quince Orchard quarterback Mike Murtaugh connected with Greg Williams on a 6-yard touchdown with just over one minute remaining in the game. Troy Porter’s extra point attempt was no good, forcing an onsides kick that was recovered by the Jaguars who ran out the clock and hung on for the win.
Northwest (10-2) will face Paint Branch (11-1) in a 4A state semifinal matchup this weekend. The Jaguars defeated the Panthers 31-28 on Oct. 11.
“Gaston Cooper is very, very good. [He’s] probably one of the best quarterbacks in the state,” said Northwest head coach Michael Neubeiser. “Their receiver No. 17 Javonn [Curry], he’s unbelievable. He’s the truth. He had three touchdowns against us so he’s a really, really good football player, too.”