Tuesday, March 11, 2014 9:41 PM
Published on: Thursday, November 21, 2013
By Brandy L. Simms
GAITHERSBURG – Kevin “Twos” Joppy ran wild Friday night at the Cougar Dome.
The Quince Orchard senior had a career-performance, registering 231 yards rushing and five touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a 42-21 victory over Clarksburg in a 4A West Region semifinal game.
Joppy, a former All-Sentinel standout at Seneca Valley, scored on runs of 1, 3, 3, 48 and 3 yards and also added a two-point conversion.
The four-year varsity performer was named the offensive player of the game and said he couldn’t have played the way he did without the support of his teammates.
“Shout out to the o-line for that great blocking and opening up holes,” said Joppy who mentioned Scott Mongold, Connor Tilton, Josh Kofsky and Greg Williams by name. “Our o-line just got them out the way and created big holes and I was just hitting [the holes].”
Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini praised Joppy’s performance afterward.
“First of all he’s a tremendous kid and he’s one of our hardest workers,” said Mencarini. “Anytime you are fortunate enough to have a player like him in your program that obviously makes him and everyone around him better. That’s the thing, he makes everyone around him better.”
Clarksburg (7-4) scored on the game’s first possession when Tyler Fenslau crossed the goal line from one-yard out to cap a 67-yard drive.
On the ensuing possession, Quince Orchard countered with a 65-yard drive and scored on Joppy’s one-yard run to tie the game at seven apiece. He scored the Cougars next two touchdowns before quarterback Mike Murtaugh connected with wide receiver Preston Bampoe-Addo on a 16-yard touchdown. Joppy ran in the two-point conversion to give the Cougars a 28-7 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Quince Orchard (10-1) will host Northwest (9-2) on Friday night in the 4A West Region final. The Jaguars are the only team that has beaten Quince Orchard this season.
“The last time we played those guys they kicked the tar out of us,” said Mencarini, “and we’re looking to prove that we’re a better team.”