A slew of early-season injuries finally caught up with the Quince Orchard High School Cougars.
Ranked as the top team in Montgomery County football and playing without its starting quarterback, the Cougars offense was stymied by Germantown rival Seneca Valley as the Screaming Eagles upset the Gaithersburg school, 12-9, on Friday night.
“We had to shock the world,” Seneca Valley senior wide receiver James Jones-Williams told The Gazette. “We had to prove something. And that's what we did. ... There was no way they were going to — they hadn't played a physical team yet. We were the first physical team they played.”
The Cougars, who will face Whitman at home this week following its first loss since the 2011 state title game, aren't going to go quietly into the night.
“This isn't the end of our season,” QO head coach Dave Mencarini told The Gazette. “We've got to remember how this feels. We've got to make sure it never happens again. ... We're going to be one pissed off team next week.”
A day later, the Gaithersburg Trojans fell short in their attempt to hand Potomac's Churchill Bulldogs a second consecutive loss.
Churchill's 13 points were enough to win the Saturday afternoon affair, holding Gaithersburg to a mere 6 points.
The Trojans (2-3) travel to Clarksburg Friday night.