Cougars Host Walter Johnson Rematch in Playoff

Photo | Phil Fabrizio QO QB Brian Plummer streaks toward the end zone for one of the Cougars’ many scores against Gaithersburg on Nov. 8.

Photo | Phil Fabrizio
QO QB Brian Plummer streaks toward the end zone for one of the Cougars’ many scores against Gaithersburg on Nov. 8.

Quince Orchard continues its football state title defense this Friday night with a second-round regional contest against Walter Johnson (WJ) at the Cougar Dome. QO—undefeated at 10-0 and the top-seeded team in the 4A West region—defeated WJ (8-2) by a 47-7 score two weeks ago in their final regular season game. 

“This is a new season for us,” said Coach John Kelley in addressing how his team will avoid a letdown against an opponent they’ve already defeated soundly. “What happened in the regular season means nothing.” 

The Cougars advanced to the second round by whipping Gaithersburg, 70-12, in an opening round game last Friday. Gaithersburg took the opening kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown to bolt to a 6-0 lead. 

But QO answered with six straight touchdowns in the first quarter and three more in the second, and held a 63-6 lead at the half. 

It was an extraordinarily efficient offensive performance for the Cougars. They ran only 18 offensive plays, but scored on eight of them and amassed 288 yards. 

Running back Marquez Cooper carried only six times for 89 yards, but scored twice on runs of 35 and seven yards. Cooper—QO’s all-time leading ground-gainer—now has 1,405 yards rushing this season and 30 TDs. 

And quarterback Brian Plummer threw only three passes but completed all of them—for touchdowns—on scoring passes to Ryan Swigart (43 yards), Ryan Luke (31 yards) and Justin Moran (20 yards). Plummer also got into the scoring act himself with a 34- yard touchdown run on his only carry. 

Fullback Ryan Jones opened QO’s scoring on a 19-yard run, and QO also scored on a 25-yard fumble return by linebacker Steven Senga and a 50-yard punt return by Charles Bell. 

Kickoff against Walter Johnson is at 7 p.m. WJ advanced to Friday’s game by defeating Urbana, 42-10.

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