Thursday, May 9, 2013
WaPo: Adam McLean, a sophomore transfer defensive lineman, has received scholarship offers from three prominent Division I football programs.
Adam McLean has gone from one Gaithersburg school to another, and he's taking a strong football pedigree with him. The former Avalon School defensive lineman will play for Quince Orchard in the fall, and he's already received a number of scholarship offers, The Washington Post reported. Florida State, Nebraska and Virginia Tech have all made offers to the 6-foot-2, 260-pound standout, according to the report. Scouting service Rivals.com reports McLean has also received interest from Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, NC State, Ohio and Rutgers. Cougars coach Dave Mencarini told The Washington Post he's expecting big things from his newest weapon on defense. “The thing that stands out to me is how hard he plays,” said Mencarini. “He plays really…
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Quince Orchard head coach Dave Mencarini will serve as an assistant coach in the game, The Gazette reports.
Quince Orchard High School star linebacker Marcus Newby has one game left to play before leaving the Cougars for Lincoln, Neb. Newby is among five Montgomery County football players selected to participate in the Big 33 Classic, a Pennsylvania-based all-star game scheduled for June 15, The Gazette reported. Newby is committed to the University of Nebraska. Quince Orchard head football coach Dave Mencarini will serve as an assistant coach in the game, which features players from Pennsylvania against players from Maryland. Joining Newby and Mencarini in Hershey, Pa. for the game are Avalon teammates running back Rachid Ibrahim and defensive back Jaquille Veii, according to the report. Ibrahim and Veii are committed to the University of …
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Players from Quince Orchard and Watkins Mill high schools signed letters of intent Tuesday to continue their football careers in college.
Football players from two Gaithersburg area high schools made official their college choices Tuesday, signing national letters of intent to play football at their respective destinations. Maryland 4A division runner-up Quince Orchard had five players commit to football programs, including star linebacker Marcus Newby, who heads to Nebraska. Other Quince Orchard commitments include Kieran Gregory (Richmond), Andrew Ankrah (James Madison), Matt Choi (Monmouth) and Tyrell Williams (Georgetown), head coach Dave Mencarini said. Watkins Mill High School featured a lone commitment, Quinton Littlejohn (Stony Brook), according to head coach Kevin Watson. Watkins Mill Athletic Director Reginald Spears said the school hopes to have more players sign …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Quince Orchard head football coach Dave Mencarini previews Friday’s Maryland 4A state title game against Henry A. Wise.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a two-part Q&A about the Quince Orchard-Henry A. Wise state championship game. Check back with Gaithersburg Patch Thursday for Part II. Gaithersburg’s Quince Orchard High School will meet Upper Marlboro’s Henry A. Wise High School in Friday night’s Maryland 4A Division state football championship game. Quince Orchard hopes to avenge last season’s loss in the state title game, 36-35 to Old Mill, while Wise returns to the title game for the third time in four seasons. QO head coach Dave Mencarini took some time to share his thoughts with Gaithersburg Patch on Friday’s game. Gaithersburg Patch: Playing in your second consecutive title game, many of your players have experience from last year's long playoff …
Friday, November 9, 2012
Quince Orchard head football coach Dave Mencarini and varsity swim and dive coach Todd Garner are finalists in The Gazette's favorite coach contest.
Two Gaithersburg coaches are finalists in The Gazette's "My Favorite Coach Contest." Quince Orchard High School's Dave Mencarini, head varsity football coach, and Todd Garner, varsity swimming and diving coach, are among the finalists for boy's varsity coaches, joining coaches from James Hubert Blake, Clarksburg, Paint Branch, Sherwood and Northwest High Schools. The contest also named finalists for boy's junior varsity, girl's varsity and junior varsity coaches, although no other Gaithersburg area coaches were named finalists. Visit The Gazette for profiles of the coaches and to vote for the your favorite coach.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Trojans blow 14-point halftime lead, fall to Northwest. Quince Orchard and Watkins Mill each dominate opponents.
The narrative is the same each week: two Gaithersburg-area high schools win big while another falls in dramatic fashion. Northwest 31-Gaithersburg 21 Paced by running back Soloman Vault's three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving), Gaithersburg managed to build a 21-7 halftime lead over rival Northwest on Saturday afternoon, but the tide shifted in favor of the Jaguars in the second half. Northwest rang up 24 unanswered second half points and shut out the Trojans for the final two-plus quarters. Gaithersburg dropped to 2-5 with the loss and Northwest extended its win streak to three games while improving to 5-2. Quince Orchard 42-Richard Montgomery 0 In a year in which Richard Montgomery has exceeded expectations, Dave Mencarini's …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Junior quarterback Mikey Murtaugh suffers torn ligament in his right knee against Paint Branch, The Gazette reports.
Quince Orchard's attempt to return to the Maryland 4A state championship game took a big hit Monday as an MRI revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the right knee of junior starting quarterback Mikey Murtaugh, The Gazette reported. Murtaugh was injured on the Cougars' opening drive of Friday night's 34-0 win over previously unbeaten Paint Branch. The quarterback was replaced by junior Tobin Pagley, who rushed for two touchdowns and threw one more. Quince Orchard coach Dave Mencarini told Patch after the game he believed Murtaugh's injury to be serious, and Monday's procedure confirmed the worst. The Cougars are forced to move forward without Murtaugh, a player who Mencarini speculated would lead his offense. The Cougars' head coach…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Mencarini: "We’ve lost great players every year and the thing I take pride about in my program is we’ve always had kids that will be here to fill those roles."
Friday night marks the first time Quince Orchard's varsity football team takes the field since an overtime defeat to Old Mill in the 2011 state championship game. Cougars' head coach Dave Mencarini spoke with Patch to preview the season. In Part II of our Q&A (below) Mencarini gives Patch an inside look at his roster. In Part I, Mencarini reflects on last season and looks at the competition in Montgomery County for this season. Gaithersburg Patch: What players did you lose and need to fill a void in the lineup? Who do you see stepping up in those roles? Quince Orchard Head Coach Dave Mencarini: Well obviously you talk about running back, we lost a major component of our offense last year in Mark Green, who, as you know, is the all-time …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Mencarini: "I think our kids have a hard time understanding that we get everyone’s best shot every Friday night."
Friday night marks the first time Quince Orchard's varsity football team takes the field since an overtime defeat to Old Mill in the 2011 state championship game. Cougars' head coach Dave Mencarini spoke with Patch to preview the season. In Part I of our Q&A (below) Mencarini reflects on last season and looks at the competition in Montgomery County for this season. In tomorrow's Part II, the QO coach looks at his roster and discusses his team's goals and expectations. Gaithersburg Patch: You're coming off a great season in 2011, falling just short of the state title. What do you hope your returning players learned from the run last season that they carry over to 2012? What are some things you hope to improve? Quince Orchard Head Coach …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Junior Linebacker is among the most highly recruited Cougar athletes in school history.
It's been a busy offseason for Quince Orchard's Marcus Newby. Since last football season ended, the standout linebacker, currently a junior, has spent much of the winter and spring entertaining offers from some of the country's top college football programs — Oklahoma, Nebraska, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, and Maryland to name a few — making him one of the most highly sought after recruits in QO history. According to Rivals.com, defending national champion Alabama and Ohio State have also shown interest. But so far, the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Newby is remaining humble and focused. And while the offers have been pouring in, Newby is not letting that detract from his main goal for his upcoming senior season at QO. "I'm just taking …