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DJ MooreMaryland wide receiver DJ Moore gets loose from Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  Maryland junior wide receiver DJ Moore was a bright spot in the Terrapins’ 32-21 loss to Northwestern Saturday in College Park.
Moore, a Philadelphia native, became just the seventh player in school history to record 200 yards in a game, registering 210 yards receiving and two touchdowns.
“He’s been that way pretty much every week,” said Maryland head coach DJ Durkin. “He’s a really talented guy that plays hard. He runs good routes and has good ball skills. We do a lot to get him the ball and design it that way and he always answers the call.”

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Paint Branch winning streak ends with QO victory, 45-8

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QO Beats Paint Branch FB 10 7 17Quince Orchard quarterback Kendell "Doc" Bonner (10) gains ground on a run. The Cougars would go on to break the Paint Branch Panthers winning streak with a 45-8 victory.        PHOTO BY MARK POETKERGAITHERSBURG – Paint Branch is undefeated no more.

In a battle of top Montgomery County public school football programs, the Quince Orchard Cougars defeated the Paint Branch Panthers Friday night at the Cougar Dome, 45-8.

“They’re a good football team and I think our kids wanted to come out and prove that we’re a good football team, too,” said Quince Orchard head coach John Kelley.

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Wise is too much for Quince Orchard in 4A title game, 42-7

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3123JGS Quince Orchard's Marvin Beander (23) carries the ball, pushing away Wise safety Demetri Morsell (11) in the 4A championship game. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  ANNAPOLIS – Seven just might be an unlucky number for the Quince Orchard varsity football team.

The Cougars couldn’t score more than seven points Friday when they clashed with Wise from Prince George’s County in the 4A state championship game at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

The defending state champion Pumas rolled to their third title in five years, 42-7. 

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QO clubs Annapolis 42-14, faces Wise in state finals

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MPI QOAnnap-0782Quince Orchard running back Marvin Beander (23) breaks through the Annapolis Panthers defense to score a touchdown. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard junior quarterback Doc Bonner held back tears Friday night after his 12-1 Cougars defeated Annapolis 42-14 in the 4A state semifinals game Friday at the Cougar Dome. 

The victory sends Quince Orchard to its first state championship game in four years. Bonner and his teammates will make their first career title game appearance against undefeated Wise from Prince George’s County. 

“It’s an exciting moment for us and I love it,” said Bonner. “We came out here focused and ready to play and obviously it showed on the field.”

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Killer Bs Bonner, Beander blast Cougars by Rockets, 49-23

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DSC 0435Quince Orchard quarterback Doc Bonner makes the Cougars' seventh touchdown, bringing the score to 42-10 in the third quarter. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  
GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard junior quarterback Doc Bonner celebrated his 18th birthday Friday night by helping lead the Cougars to capture the 4A West Region championship with a 49-23 victory over Richard Montgomery.

Bonner and senior running back Marvin Beander, a Temple commit, combined for six touchdowns. Bonner said he wanted to earn the win for the Quince Orchard seniors so they could all advance to the state semifinals.

“It feels great for the team,” said Bonner, who passed for two touchdowns and ran for two more scores, “not only for me but for the team as well.”

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QO beats up on Blair 35-7 in first round of playoffs

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DSC 7000Quince Orchard running back Marvin Beander (23) leaps over two defenders. Quince Orchard defeats Blair 35-7 in the 4A regional semifinals. The Cougars move on to play in the regional final game next Friday. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

GAITHERSBURG – The Quince Orchard defense rose to the occasion during Friday night’s 35-7 victory over Blair in a 4A West Region semifinal game at the Cougar Dome.

After racing out to a 21-7 halftime lead, the Quince Orchard defense pitched a second half shutout.

The win marked Quince Orchard’s tenth consecutive victory and sent the Cougars to the 4A West final for the 12th straight year.

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QO secures playoff berth with 59-20 drubbing of Whitman

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BETHESDA – The Quince Orchard varsity football team clinched a playoff spot for the 13th year in a row Friday as the Cougars crushed host Whitman 59-20 for their eighth consecutive victory.

“I thought we played really well on offense. The offense looked really good,” said QO Head Coach John Kelley.?That offense appeared both versatile and elusive most of the evening, led by quarterback Kendall ‘Doc’ Bonner’s five touchdowns: three in the air and two on the ground.

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QO holds off late comeback against Northwest, 24-21

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MP1 8488Quince Orchard quarterback Doc Bonner led the Cougars to victory against the Northwest Jaguars, 24-21. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  

GERMANTOWN – Holding on to a 17-point lead at halftime, the Quince Orchard (6-1) football team had to stave off a late comeback push from host Northwest (4-3) to win 24-21 Friday night.

Quince Orchard quarterback Doc Bonner’s three touchdowns, including two in the air and one of the ground, helped lead the Cougars to their sixth straight victory of the season against the 2013 and 2014 4A state champion.

“Honestly, they are a very good football team, they’re not just going to come out and lay down,” said Quince Orchard Head Coach John Kelley. “That’s why I told our guys, ‘It’s not going to happen,’ you know, so they fought back like I knew they would. They’re a great team and, you know, we were able to withstand them.”

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Beander rushes for two TDs as Q.O. beats Clarksburg 21-7

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CLARKSBURG – Quince Orchard senior running back Marvin Beander scored two rushing touchdowns Friday, leading the Cougars to a 21-7 road victory against host Clarksburg.

Beander punched in his first touchdown on a one-yard run 30 seconds before halftime and added his second score on a 14-yard rush shortly after the start of the fourth quarter.

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QO pounds Gaithersburg in football, 45-7

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GAITHERSBURG – Quince Orchard senior wide receiver Marvin Beander scored two touchdowns during the Cougars’ 45-7 win against host Gaithersburg Friday night.

In the first quarter, Beander and fellow senior Doc Bonner each scored touchdowns and Quince Orchard senior kicker Hayden August made his field goal attempt to put the visiting team up 17-0, a lead QO extended to 38 points by halftime.

That earned the Cougars (4-1) a running clock for the second half to the detriment of the home team Trojans (2-3).

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