GAITHERSBURG – 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.
Quince Orchard senior quarterback Kendell "Doc" Bonner led the offense while junior linebacker Johnny Hodges was a force on defense and special teams.
Quince Orchard (5-1) has outscored its opponents 292-70 midway through the regular season while Paint Branch (5-1) suffered its first loss of the 2017 campaign. The Cougars lost to Bullis in overtime, 42-41, in week 4 but rebounded with a 53-0 win at Kennedy the following week.
Paint Branch entered the game averaging more than 30 points per game but was held to a season-low eight points.
“We wanted to do a good job against their run game,” said Kelley. “I thought for the most part we did that.”
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