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The BIG GAME: DAMASCUS AT QUINCE ORCHARD

by MoCoFootball Staff on 09/10/10

by Matt Dewhurst for MoCoFootball.com

Week 1 in 2010 gave us some great finishes and some proven powerhouses, but what does Week 2 have in store?

The Game of The Week is in Gaithersburg Friday night, as #3 Damascus takes on #2 Quince Orchard in a 3A battle worthy of a state championship. Both the Swarmin' Hornets and Cougars showed that they are as good as advertized in Week 1; outscoring their opponents a combined 90-6. Now they face one other. Damascus is one of the county's most consistently dominant teams but they seem to lose their luster when it comes to playing Quince Orchard.

Below is the All-time series between Damascus and Quince Orchard:

2009 QO 37 DAM 13

2008 QO 35 DAM 3

2007 QO 35 DAM 0

2006 QO 35 DAM 28, Playoffs: QO 54 DAM 21

2005: DAM 35 QO 14, Playoffs: DAM 21 QO 14

2004 DAM 26 QO 20

2003 DAM 28 QO 14

Series: QO 5-4

Here are predictions and a few words from Damascus and Quince Orchard Alumni:

Travis Hawkins (QO '09 / Univ of Maryland): "21-14 lets go QO keep the streak going... Coach Wallich, I miss you and the spread offense but them QO boys ready Friday Night in the Cougar Dome it's going to be Live."

Matt Reidy (Damascus '05 / Virgina Tech Alum): "I got Damascus 27 Quince Orchard 21"

Pepper Coe (QO '07 / Tennessee): "It will be 33-21 QO... Good Luck QO!"

Chad Bradley (Damascus '97 / Towson Alum): "QO has had our number but I got Damascus taking it this year, 21-14..."

Terrence Stephens (QO '09 / Stanford): "Well, you know I have to go big for my Alma Mater Quince Orchard. I never personally lost to Damascus high school in my career and I think the game will be 35-14 with a QO victory. QO knows how to score early, focus at half time, and finish Like champions. Let's continue the physical beating we have put on Damascus for several years straight and show them what QO is really about. -- All about the Cougs."

Brian Lucas (Damascus '10 / Army): "I agree that QO has had our number, but I think the tables are gonna change. Damascus has enough returning talent this year to come out on top. I was cleared literally five minutes before the QO/DMAS game last year because of my shoulder injury and I played terrible. I had nine carries for like 45 yards; my worst showing of the year. Now imagine the hornets with a running back that's actually been preparing for the game. Their offense should be fully dimensional and ready to kick butt. Im not too sure how QO's team is looking but if its anything short of beautiful they're going to have serious problems. No excuses! 21-17 DAMASCUS."

Bani Gbadyu (QO '06 / Penn State): "I was 0-4 against Damascus and I hope we beat them 35-0 to make up for all the times I lost to them. Coach Mac, make sure you get my boys ready.. we have to keep that tradition going. Stay focus play hard and Ball out every play and don't worry I'll represent against Bama."

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Although Damascus looks loaded this year, they cannot sleep on the Cougars. I just don't see QO losing at home. If Quince Orchard can dominate Damascus at the Hive, being at the Cougar Dome and surrounded by The Red Army would make it chaotic for the boys in green and gold. This game will be close, probably in the 24-21 range, but I see QO squeaking it out in the end.

Another big match-up Friday will be game of the Week numero dos: Paint Branch and Week 1-surprise B-CC. OK, so it wasn't a "shocker" that B-CC beat Wheaton at home, but it was a solid win for the Barons. Coach Nesmith's Panthers however had to fight their way to a five-point victory over fellow-field mates Blair (Paint Branch is playing all their home games at the Silver Spring high school this fall as their stadium gets a facelift). On paper it seems that Paint Branch would walk away with this one, but I don't see B-CC making it that easy; should be a good game.

Churchill is coming off an embarrassing defeat to Gaithersburg in Week 1 and it doesn't get any easier for the Bulldogs Friday night. Perennial powerhouse Seneca Valley comes to town hot off its overtime victory over new rival Clarksburg. I thought Churchill had a chance to turn some heads this season, but they must not have been listening. The Bulldogs are still looking for their first points of 2010 and if they're not careful, they could be blanked again by perhaps one of the most disciplined defenses in the Screamin' Eagles.

Walter Johnson had the biggest fourth quarter comeback in recent memory last week, scoring 27 points in the fourth quarter against Rockville. In week two, they face a tough and determined Whitman team who went into The Black Hole of Northwest and came out with a big win in Week One. I'd love to say I think WJ has a chance for a big upset. WJ might have a shot if they get the same 238 yards and four touchdown passes performance from quarterback Cole Ahnell as they did in week one, but I think the Vikings might be just too strong in this Down-County battle.

Other good games this week will be Poolesville and Rockville, Wheaton and Wilson (DC) and Blake vs Watkins Mill.

Matt Miller and Michael Cornejo contributed to this report. Photo by: Charlie Shoemaker of The Gazette


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