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QO Cougars rise to the challenge, defeating Blair 34-7

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JGS 0777 1QO running back Marquez Cooper (15) is brought down by Blair defensive tackle Oly Okumbi (57). PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  After comfortably beating the B-CC Barons at home to kick off the season, the Quince Orchard Cougars faced a much stiffer challenge as they went on the road to face the Blair Blazers. But it was a challenge that the Cougars would yet again pass with flying colors, winning the game 34-7.

The opening minutes of the game were a struggle for both teams, as the first few drives for each team all ended in punts. Penalties were an issue for both teams in the early going. The Blazers’ defensive front, led by junior Oly Okumbi, stymied the Cougars rushing attack early on. Both QO quarterback Doc Bonner and running back Marquez Cooper struggled to find open holes to burst through.

The Blazers strong defense play would be rewarded, as Blair would draw first blood. On QO’s opening drive of the second quarter, the Blazers forced a Cougars punt. Johnny Hodges, the Cougars star linebacker, was sent out to punt the ball away. However, Hodges had trouble with the snap, and the Blazers pounced on the ball. Prince Bonsu returned the recovered fumble to the end zone for a Blair touchdown, and after the extra point, Blair led 7-0.

But the game turned steeply downhill for the Blazers after their opening touchdown, as Bonner and the Cougars would completely take the game over. On the ensuing QO drive, Bonner finally was able to run the ball effectively, and single-handedly carried his team down the field. Bonner would muscle his way into the end zone, and the Cougars tied the game up at seven.

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Local soccer players deported to El Salvador though high school graduates

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Two brothers deported 2 20626272 10155283193379473 4533424118588186121 oJonathan Claros, 29, is flanked by brothers Lizandro,19, (left) and Diego,22, (right) who were deported to El Salvador Wednesday. COURTESY PHOTO  A local man said his two brothers were deported to El Salvador Wednesday.

The man, Jonathan Claros, said his brothers Lizandro and Diego Claros were deported and he and his family members are trying to figure out what to do. He said he is concerned for his brothers.

“The only thing we’re feeling was get them picked up from the airport and get them home safe,” Jonathan Claros said. “The situation in my country that is happening right now is not the best thing for them right now,” Jonathan said Wednesday.

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Blakes’ Lana nails a three-pointer to sink Q.O. 47-45

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 ROCKVILLE- With three seconds left on the clock James H. Blake’s Ibrahim Lana shot a 3- pointer from the corner to put the Bengals up by 2, and secure the 47- 45 Blake- Quince Orchard victory.

Monday’s first round of the Maryland Elite Varsity basketball championship pitted two 6-4 high school teams, QO and Blake, against each other in a tightly contested match.

“I just needed that shot,” said Lana, who finished with 16 points in the game, “During that whole game I was on and off, but at the end, I just had to flick my wrist on that last shot, and I knew it was good.”

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Vinson leads Damascus to 21-13 win over QO in season opener

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DSC 9494Damascus running back Markus Vinson runs with the ball in the 1st half. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH  

GAITHERSBURG – Damascus senior Markus Vinson scored three touchdowns as he helped the Swarmin’ Hornets rally from an early deficit to win 21-13 over Quince Orchard Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

The highly anticipated matchup between defending Maryland 3A state football champion Damascus and host Quince Orchard, which earned a trip to the 4A playoffs last year, lived up to its billing, with Vinson taking center stage.

The Richmond commit rushed for more than 260 yards on 14 carries and scored three touchdowns to help Damascus extend its winning streak to 15 consecutive games dating to last season.

“He was awesome,” said Damascus head coach Eric Wallich. “He made some incredible runs. He was a workhorse tonight.”

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Morse’s 31 points for Bullis bury Q.O.

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MP1 6852Vado Morse scored 31 points for Bullis in a 51-44 victory over Q.O. PHOTO BY MARK POETKER

ROCKVILLE — Guard Vado Morse’s 31-point performance, one that included six 3-pointers, helped Bullis defeat Quince Orchard, 51-44, in the Maryland Elite Summer League on Tuesday night.

Morse’s dominant outing helped Bullis earn the victory after a 48-32 loss to Quince Orchard in the league opener June 6.

“It’s really about that for us,” Bullis assistant coach Markus Townsend said about his team’s win serving as revenge. “What it just shows it that we’re making steady improvement to how we want to play this summer.”

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Broxton’s NFL dreams remain Cougar-like sky-high

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Jarell BroxtonJarell Broxton still has NFL hopes. The Quince Orchard grad has been working out with the Ravens. PHOTO BY JACQUI SOUTH

GAITHERSBURG – Baylor offensive lineman Jarell Broxton was back at his old stomping grounds in Montgomery County last weekend.

Broxton, a 2011 Quince Orchard graduate, was home visiting family while working out with the Baltimore Ravens.

Although Broxton, 23, comes from a big family, the NFL prospect was happy to spend time with his folks and siblings in Maryland while he pursues his dream of playing professional football.

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Gaithersburg honors Q.O. player

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GAITHERSBURG – Mayor Jud Ashman and the City Council presented a certificate of recognition to Tyrell Williams, honoring the former member of Quince Orchard High School’s varsity football team for his courage and determination to recover from an injury that left him confined to a wheelchair.

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Northwest knocks out QO in 4A West finals

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GAITHERSBURG – Friday’s 4A West regional championship between Quince Orchard and visiting Northwest turned into an old fashioned shootout at the Cougar Dome between two storied Montgomery County football programs.

When the dust settled, however, Northwest (9-3) emerged from the shadows with a 50-40 road victory over the host Cougars (10-2).

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Shocking change in football playoffs

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footballThere’s been a major shakeup in the Montgomery County playoff picture.

Blake was forced to forfeit two wins for using an ineligible player and, as a result, Wheaton will clinch a postseason berth for the first time in nearly two decades.

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Quince Orchard stuns Northwest

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DSC 2648GAITHERSBURG – The Quince Orchard varsity boys soccer team edged out a 1-0 win against the Richard Montgomery at the Cougars’ home field Tuesday, improving to 9-2 overall while staying 5-2 in the 4A/3A West league.

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