Friday, March 07, 2014 9:04 PM
Published on: Thursday, November 29, 2012
By Montgomery Marty
It was a fabulous weekend in the household of the Big High and Mighty. Despite all the tryptophan in his system, he was on a football-induced high.
On Thursday, thanks to the greatest quarterback in the history of the NFL, RG3, Marty’s beloved Skins took care of the Dallas Cowgirls for the first time ever on Thanksgiving Day. On Friday Marty saw one of the best high school football games of his lifetime as Quince Orchard emerged in an absolute war at Westminster. On Saturday, the Big Mackerel Snapper watched his Fightin’ Irish do the deal at USC to wrap up a berth in the BCS title game. On Sunday, Marty unbuckled his size 46 belt, stretched out on the couch, and ate turkey legs until he fell asleep with bones strewn across his massive chest. Before he dozed off, he watched all the contenders for the NFC wildcard spit the bit, givin’ the Skins another avenue to the playoffs.
What a great football weekend! But Marty is most excited about hangin’ on the sidelines at Westminster, watchin’ the passion and intensity of a MOCO Instant Classic. That, boys and girls, was high school football at its finest. There was a huge crowd, two great teams playin’ to stay alive, coachin’ strategy on both sides, and a finish that went to the last play.
When the Owls’ kicker missed that field goal to put QO in the title game, the Big Quadruple Bypass felt his heart skip a beat. It was either the game, or the leftover pound of fudge Marty found in his truck on Friday and downed on his way to Carroll County.
Quince Orchard 7, Wise 6
The Big Buckin’ Bronco loves when Montgomery County plays Prince George’s in the state championship game. There have been some classics when teams from these two jurisdictions meet. Moco has an 8-6 edge in state title meetings. But P.G. has won the last four, dating to 1999 when Eleanor Roosevelt boar-hogged Gaithersburg 41-13.
Here are some other Moco-P.G. state final classics: Oxon Hill over Churchill 8-7 (1982); Seneca Valley over Suitland 7-6 (1998); Suitland over Damascus 14-7 (2004); and Suitland over Sherwood 39-38 (2006).
Most of those games were defensive struggles and Marty reckons that’s what’s gonna happen Friday night when Quince Orchard and Wise get it on. Both these teams are loaded with linebackers and all about defense, so it’s gonna come down to two words that Marty always heeds -- ball security. In football and in life, it’s a good idea to take care of the things one cherishes most.
So Friday night at M&T Bank Stadium, go with Dave Mencarini’s boys takin’ care of business, the ball, and erasin’ the painful memory of last year’s loss to Old Mill in the 4A state championship game.