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Mencarini takes over as head coach of the “Big 33”


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Published on: Thursday, June 06, 2013

By Brandy L. Simms

Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini announced this week via Twitter that he will guide Team Maryland against Pennsylvania in the Big 33 Football Classic on June 15 at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey, Pa.

“Unfortunate circumstances, but honored to be named the head coach of the Maryland Big 33 Team,” he tweeted.

Mencarini, who was initially selected to be one of seven assistants, will replace Gilman head coach Biff Poggi at the helm.

“To be honest,” said former Northwest standout Tyler Ambush, “I felt like he should have been the head coach from the start. He knows how to win.”

During his tenure at the Gaithersburg public school, Mencarini has led the Cougars to nine consecutive state playoff appearances including the 2007 Class 4A state championship. That year Mencarini was also honored as The All-Sentinel Coach of the Year after guiding the Cougars to a 14-0 record.

“He’s a great coach,” said former Avalon standout and University of Maryland recruit Jacquille Veii, who will play in the game alongside former high school teammate and friend, Rachid Ibrahim. “He does a really great job up at QO so I’m excited to see what he has in store for us.”

The Maryland roster also includes former Damascus standouts Rashard Budd and Andrew Nickell along with Ambush and Quince Orchard’s Andrew Ankrah.

Ambush, a 5-foot-7, 185-pound wide receiver, said he is still considering several college programs including Shepherd.

Meanwhile, Veii said he is scheduled to report to College Park on June 16, the day after the Big 33 game.

“It’s a great honor to represent my school and my family,” said Veii. “I feel great to be playing in this game.”

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