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Paint Branch Panthers run amok over Perry Hall Gators, advance to regional finals

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PB Panthers vs. PH GatorsBURTONSVILLE – Paint Branch running back Justin Page held his helmet aloft as his teammates hoisted him onto their shoulders for a post-game photo op.

The Panthers had just run amok over the visiting Perry Hall Gators by registering over 400 yards rushing in the 4A North Regional Semi-Final game Friday en route to a 44-21 victory.

Page scored four of Paint Branch’s six touchdowns and finished with 183 yards rushing.

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Paint Branch rolls over Blake in rivalry game 35-15

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PB Panthers vs. Blake BengalsSILVER SPRING – The Paint Branch Panthers are on cruise control just in time for the postseason.

The squad from Burtonsville rolled into Bengal Field Friday to face consortium rival Blake. The visiting Paint Branch Panthers dominated the time of possession and steamrolled the Blake Bengals 35-15.

Both teams entered the game with a 7-1 record. In fact, this season’s Bengals boast the best record in school history. However, Blake couldn’t get much going offensively and the Panthers took advantage.

The Paint Branch defense would have registered a shutout in the first half had it not been for Blake junior quarterback Terrill Sims, who shoved his way through the pile at the goal line for a three-yard score.

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MoCo fans mourn the loss of two local sporting greats

We lost two individuals with deep roots in Montgomery County athletics during the past two months, a former athlete, and an alum and coach.
Eric Nichols, the popular Gaithersburg quarterback who guided the Trojans to their first state championship in 1986, died in August at the age of 48.
Nichols was also the DC Touchdown Club’s Maryland High School Player of the Year in 1986 and led Maryland to a victory over Pennsylvania in the 1987 Big 33 All-Star football game.
Maryland’s 26-22 victory over Pennsylvania at Hersheypark Stadium marked the first time in history that a team from Maryland had beaten Pennsylvania in that game.
“That was one of the baddest quarterbacks I’ve ever seen in this area,” said former Seneca Valley standout Wayne Turner, “[He’s in the] top ten.”

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Paint Branch clinches 4A North division title with 22-20 win over Sherwood

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PB Panthers vs. Sherwood WarriorsOLNEY — The 4A North division championship title was on the line Friday at Caruso Memorial Field when the Paint Branch Panthers clashed with the Sherwood Warriors on Sherwood’s Senior Night.

Both teams entered the game with a 6-1 record. The Panthers hoped to avoid a repeat of last year’s game when Sherwood orchestrated a fourth quarter comeback and yanked the win away from Paint Branch.

This year, however, the Panthers knew that the fourth quarter push was coming and seized the division title by holding off the Warriors, 22-20.

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Wootton Patriots overtake Paint Branch Panthers, 3-1

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Wootton Patriots beat PB Panthers 10 9 17Paint Branch's Kemonie Jordan (8) , heads off Wootton's Jonathan Camberos (11) for the ball. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  ROCKVILLE – The Thomas S. Wootton Patriots triumphed at home over the Paint Branch Panthers in boys varsity soccer Monday evening, 3-1.

With all the goals coming in the second half, the Panthers took an early lead after the break. The Patriots then responded with three goals to secure the victory.

“We played soft without energy and commitment, and they had to get woken up by that goal in the second half,” said Wootton Coach Doug Schuessler. “Once they got slapped in the face, they started to play much more inspired.”

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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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Paint Branch Panthers hold on against Springbrook, stay undefeated

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JGS 5350 2Paint Branch running back Justin Hockaday (1) is tackled by Springbrook defenders Joseph Bass (2), Tony Che (15) and Esli Alvarado-Montesino (53). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  BURTONSVILLE – Valuable seconds were ticking off the game clock. If the visiting Springbrook Blue Devils varsity football team wanted to spoil the Paint Branch Panthers’ undefeated season, the time was now.

Then, Dejuan Johnson came out of nowhere. The senior defensive back intercepted Springbrook quarterback Trevon Ruffin as the buzzer signaled the end of the game and the Paint Branch bench flooded onto the field.

In a game marred by penalties and dropped passes, the Panthers clawed their way to a 28-25 victory and a 5-0 start to their season.

“I was telling all my teammates to just hold them and not give up any big plays. Then the ball came and I made a play with the help of my teammates,” said Johnson of his crucial interception. “For me and the whole team to come out there after being down for most of the game and then coming back, it was a hard-fought win and I think we deserved it.”

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Paint Branch holds on late against Blair to remain undefeated

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PB Panthers teamPaint Branch Panthers following their win over Blair. PHOTO BY MATT COHEN  BURTONSVILLE — The Paint Branch Panthers were able to keep their perfect record alive as they beat the Blair Blazers 20-14 on their home turf.

Blair started the game very quickly, finding the end zone on their first play of the game. Blazers quarterback Matt Siff threw a screen pass to wide receiver Rudy Ngougni, Ngougni turned upfield and blew past the Panthers’ defense for a 68-yard touchdown.

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Paint Branch Panthers beat RM Rockets 21-9

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ROCKVILLE- The Paint Branch Panthers dominated the Richard Montgomery Rockets 21-9 Friday night. The Panthers now ride a two-game unbeaten streak as they handed the Rockets their first loss of the season.

The Rockets put up a good defensive showing, but could not keep up the pressure in the second half.

“Leaving a very good team and a very well-coached team like RM in the game, and you have scoring opportunities, was a mistake, cause I knew they would make us pay for it,” said Panthers head coach Mike Nesmith.

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Former Paint Branch player heads to WNBA

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Brene MoseleyBrene Moseley. COURTESY PHOTO

Before last Thursday, the Montgomery County Public School system had never produced a WNBA Draft selection.

That changed when the Indiana Fever selected Maryland point guard and Paint Branch graduate Brene Moseley with the 21st overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.

“I’m blessed and thankful to be drafted to the Indiana Fever,” said Moseley. “As a child I prayed to God to make it to the WNBA, so this has been a dream come true.”

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