Inside of a raucous Cougar Dome, the Quince Orchard Cougars decisively did away with the B-CC Barons, winning 55-7.
B-CC started with the ball, and had a 23-yard carry from Manny Lee on the first play of the game. But this play would by no means be an omen of what was to come. The Cougar defense locked down the Barons and quickly forced a punt.
A big punt return and two long runs from QO running back Marquez Cooper set the Cougars up at the Barons' !!three yard line!!. From there, star Cougars quarterback Doc Bonner kept the ball on an option play, beat the Barons defenders to the edge and got into the end zone, giving QO a 7-0 lead.
QO used a similar formula to continue to build up its lead in the first half. The Cougars ran the ball often, and ran the ball well. It was a balanced rushing attack between Cooper, Tre Wade and Aaron Derwin. Wade and Cooper scored on the next two QO drives, respectively, making the score 21-0.
Bonner threw the ball only a few times during the game, but when he did, his accuracy was pinpoint. He followed up the three rushing scores by finding receiver Brendan McGonagle in stride on a slant toward the Barons sideline for a catch-and-run touchdown. QO found the end zone again immediately, recovering a Barons fumbled handoff for a touchdown. Following the scoop-and-score, the Cougars held a commanding 35-0 lead.
B-CC found the end zone for the first and only time in the game as sophomore quarterback Joe Koenigs connected with Jack Robinson deep downfield out of the slot. Robinson made the catch and streaked to the end zone for an 80-yard touchdown.
QO scored two more times in the first half, the first a Bonner 14-yard rush and the second a 58-yard punt return. QO led 48-7 at the half.
The Cougars scored one their opening possession of the second half on a Cooper TD rush. QO led 55-7. QO used a running clock for the remainder of the game, leaving the score unchanged as the Cougars won, 55-7.
The Cougars rushing attack was key to the big day on offense, but the defense did an equally stellar job stopping the B-CC offense. The Barons almost exclusively ran the ball in Koenigs’ first varsity start, but the QO front seven, led by John Hodges, was nearly impenetrable.
“I think our front seven is pretty good,” QO head coach John Kelley said after the game. “I think they did a good job tonight, especially with all of [B-CC’s] option stuff. Our guys were in the right spot.”
Kelley was also very pleased that his team scored in all three phases: offense, defense and special teams.
Next week, QO has a big game against 2016 playoff squad Blair on the road. The Barons will face Rockville at Walter Johnson high school (B-CC’s home field for the 2017 season).