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.


Bullis victorious against Quince Orchard in overtime, 42-41

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Bullis vs. QO 9 22 2017Quince Orchard’s Aaron Derwin (5) gets spun around while being tackled by Bullis’ Jason Hersh (22). PHOTO BY MARK POETKER  GAITHERSBURG – Bullis junior Eric McKan ran wild Friday night at the Cougar Dome.

The talented running back helped lead the Bulldogs to a 42-41 overtime road victory against the Cougars.

“He could hit hard, that’s for sure,” said Quince Orchard junior linebacker Johnny Hodges, who returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter. “He was like a rock.”


QO grad John Papuchis becomes defensive coodinator at UNC

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PapuchisQuince Orchard alum John Papuchis has new coaching job. COURTESY PHOTO

Gaithersburg native John Papuchis has been promoted from linebackers coach to defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina.

Papuchis, a Quince Orchard High School graduate, is replacing Gene Chizik who stepped down after two seasons in Chapel Hill to spend more time with his family.


Swastika graffiti found at schools in Bethesda, Gaithersburg

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Swastika VandalismA sign at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda was vandalized with spray-painted images similar to those found burned onto the Quince Orchard High School football field several weeks earlier. COURTESY PHOTO

As parents prepared to open Sunday School at Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda Oct. 30, they noticed images of swastikas and male genitals spray-painted outside the school, said Rabbi Arthur Blecher of Beth Chai.

The hate graffiti appeared on a sign similar to the images found on the Quince Orchard High School's football field earlier this month.

Police arrived later that morning at the school and people took down the vandalized banner before students arrived, Blecher said.

He called the graffiti "crude and amateurish."


Q.O. dominates Clarksburg Coyotes 16-4

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IMG 0666Julian Culp moves the ball upfield for Q.O. and the Cougars beat the Coyotes 16-4. PHOTO BY MARK POETKERCLARKSBURG – The Quince Orchard varsity boys lacrosse team remained undefeated in the 3A West division as they vanquished Clarksburg 16-4 on Monday at The Canyon.

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