Author: Syl Sobel

The Faces Behind Friday Nights: The Grilling Gourmets

DISCLAIMER: This article will not even attempt to be objective. I love the grilled food at the Cougar Dome. I look forward to my Friday night kielbasa loaded with peppers and onions. My toughest choice of the week is whether…

The Faces Behind Friday Nights: The Families

Family. It’s a core principle of the Quince Orchard football program. Head Coach Dave Mencarini talks about family often. The players wear t-shirts that spell it out: F.A.M.I.L.Y. And on a Friday night at the Cougar Dome, sitting in the…

The Faces Behind Friday Nights: The Red Army

The name alone sounds fearsome: The Red Army. And like any army, the student cheering section at Quince Orchard has a mission: To make the Cougar Dome the unfriendliest place in Montgomery County for an opposing team to play. “We’re…

Coach Mencarini’s 100th Win

Quince Orchard’s tense 7-6 win at Damascus was Head Coach Dave Mencarini’s 100th career victory, all at Quince Orchard High School. In his 10th season as Cougar coach, Mencarini has lost just 16 games, winning the Maryland 4A state title…

QO Firing All Its Weapons, Opens 2-0

A few days into preseason practice, Quince Orchard football Coach Dave Mencarini told a reporter, “We’ve got a lot of weapons, and we’re going to use all of them.” The coach is a man of his word. In winning their first…

Stephens Tries Football But May Sing Another Tune

QO alumnus Terrence Stephens knows how to make the most of opportunities. The former standout Cougar lineman, member of the 2007 Maryland 4A state champions, and recent Stanford grad made a name for himself this summer as a rookie trying…

QO Football Going All In

So how do you approach a football season when your team has lost the last two Maryland state championship games in heartbreaking fashion in the final minutes? “That’s the past,” said senior offensive lineman Scott Mongold, a returning starter and…

Big 33: ‘So Much More than a Game’

To hear Quince Orchard football coach Dave Mencarini and former Cougar lineman Andrew Ankrah describe their recent experience in the Big 33 Football Classic, one would hardly even know it involved a football game. “It was one of my greatest…