Annapolis loses to Quince Orchard, 42-14
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.