Quince Orchard Football Ranked #4

4:06 PM, Aug 23, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- Here's a refresher if you forgot how Quince Orchard lost on the last play of the state championship game. The Cougars are moving forward.

Biggest Question: It's at quarterback. Junior Mike Murtaugh played fullback last season, and will obviously be thrown into a completely unfamiliar role. Mencarini has faith in his new signal-caller: "He has a 4.0 GPA, charisma and he's intelligent on the field. He will be able to lead us."

Record Last Season: 13-1

Strengths: The experience gained from last season's run to the state title. Fifteen starters are returning under coach Mencarini.

Best Player: Linebacker Marcus Newby. There probably isn't a player in the area who likes contact more than the Nebraska Cornhusker recruit. For a linebacker, he has more dynamic moves in the pass rush than practically every defensive end in the area. Newby also has a knack for interceptions.

Breakthrough Player: Running back Tyrell Williams. Last season, the tiny speedster Mark Green carried the load on offense all the way to the state title. Williams -- at 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds -- has a distinct, powerful running style, which could be even more beneficial for the Cougars. 

Why Fans Should Be Excited: Quince Orchard will be circled on every opposing team's schedule. The Cougars will be the hunted this year, and not the hunter. 

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