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November 30, 2012

Football: Quince Orchard Falls In Championship Game For Second Straight Year

by Eric Meany

BALTIMORE — The Quince Orchard and Henry A. Wise High School football teams both relied on run-heavy offensive schemes that complimented their relentlessly stingy defenses to dominate opponents all year long. But with time running out in the fourth quarter of the MPSSAA Class 4A State Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium on Friday, each team placed its title hopes on the throwing shoulder of its quarterback.

Wise’s Isaiah Black lobbed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Micah Till with 2:14 left in the game and Joseph Shelton intercepted a pass from Quince Orchard’s Matt Choi on the goal line a minute-and-a-half later to give the Pumas a 12-7 victory and the first football championship in the seven-year history of the Prince George’s County school.

“They made a play and we didn’t,” said coach Dave Mencarini, whose Cougars (12-2) lost in the state final for the second consecutive season. “It’s not our defense’s fault. They’ve been stopping passing teams all year long.”

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