Quince Orchard ready to host defending state champs

The Cougars are determined to get "over the hump" in 2016 after losing to 4A rival Northwest in the past three region finals.

A 10-2 season was nice, but Quince Orchard wants more.

After finding ways to beat Region 4A opponent Northwest in the regular season, but eventually falling to the Jaguars three years in-a-row with the region title on the line, the Cougars have prepared in every way they know possible for a different outcome this season.

"They're the top team in our region every year, week in and week out, that's the team that we could possibly face in the regional championship. This year for us, we've got some younger guys so we're gonna approach it week-to-week and kind of take things one game at a time." Head Coach John Kelley said. 

Junior dual-threat quarterback Doc Bonner has used his maturity to help prepare and with those younger players.

"Over the winter, we'd go out - after the season, right after the season - we'd go outside in the cold days and work on timing and everything...totally on our own. We knew what it'd take to be great this year and have good timing so we took the chance that we needed to," the junior captain explained.

Another captain, senior Noah Pagley, can speak to the importance of focused preparation.

"The practices are...they're basically practices to be perfect. In games, you only have ten guaranteed opportunities in high school football so every week is a new week to show you can be perfect and you can make a perfect play," said the linebacker.

The Cougars' work couldn't be put to the test any faster. Kelley's crew begins the season tonight against reigning 3A state champ Damascus, with kickoff slated for 6:30pm. 

Stay tuned to WUSA9 on air and online for game updates.


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