An­napo­lis loses to Quince Or­chard, 42-14

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY FOOTBALL - By Bob Hough

GAITHERSBURG — The An­napo­lis foot­ball team fi­nally met its match.

The No. 4 Pan­thers rode their run­ning game and a stout de­fense to win the Class 4A East re­gion ti­tle, then watched Quince Or­chard use the same strat­egy on Fri­day night in a 42-14 vic­tory in a Class 4A state semi­fi­nal.

Justin Wil­liams and Cameron Hough scored sec­ond-half touch­downs, but the Pan­thers fell into a 28-0 hole mid­way through the third quar­ter and never re­cov­ered.

“I’m very proud of our kids and I love our kids,” An­napo­lis coach Nick GoodMal­loy said. “I’m proud of the se­niors and the progress they made in their four years here. They raised the level of the pro­gram, and we al­ways talk about leav­ing things bet­ter than we found it, and we think the se­niors have done that.”

Quince Or­chard (12-1) ran for 312 yards and won its 12th straight game since a sea­son-open­ing loss. The Cougars will face Henry A. Wise in the state fi­nal, ten­ta­tively sched­uled for Fri­day at Navy-Ma­rine Corps Me­mo­rial Sta­dium. Wise de­feated Howard, 48-0, in the other semi­fi­nal.

The Cougars de­fense, mean­while, was able to shut down the Pan­thers’ power run­ning game and wasn’t al­low­ing much at all up the mid­dle.

“If they were go­ing to beat us, we were go­ing to make them beat us throw­ing the foot­ball,” Quince Or­chard coach John Kelley said. “Our guys on the front seven stepped up to the chal­lenge.”

The Cougars led 14-0 at halftime, then put the game away with touch­downs on two of their three drives in the third quar­ter to build a 28-0 lead.

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