Kevin Joppy juked. He lowered his shoulder and brushed off contact. Then he juked some more.
The Quince Orchard High School running back finished the carry with his second touchdown, yet another dazzling run on a night he had a few, and returned to the sideline.
“That’s why we recruited you, baby!” Quince Orchard football coach Dave Mencarini said.
That’s their way of poking fun at the rumors Mencarini enticed Joppy, who played for Seneca Valley High School his first three seasons, to switch schools. In reality, Joppy just moved into the Quince Orchard zone over the summer, he said while smiling about his new situation.
No. 2 Quince Orchard had a lot of fun Thursday night, beating No. 8 Walt Whitman 42-0 in Bethesda.
After Joppy’s second score, the real play of the game occurred. A high snap on the extra point slipped off the holder’s hands and into kicker Troy Porter’s. As the Quince Orchard coaches shouted “Fire!”, Porter rolled right and lofted a high pass that slipped behind the Walt Whitman defense and into the arms of Kyle Manion for a 2-point conversion.
“It was just the best experience of my life, probably” Porter said. “Awesome.”
After the game, Mencarini wasted little time on Whitman before speaking to his team about its upcoming matchup with No. 4 Damascus.
Quince Orchard hasn’t played Damascus in the past two years, but Joppy’s Seneca Valley team suffered its only regular-season loss last season to Damascus.
“I want my payback against Damascus,” Joppy said. “That’s all I’m going to say: Payback.”
First, Quince Orchard had to work out some kinks against Whitman.
Quince Orchard’s opening drive lasted just three plays, including a dropped pass and a dropped snap, before the Cougars punted.
Mencarini said he wasn’t worried, and with quarterback Mike Murtaugh leading the offense, his team offense quickly showed why.
The first four plays of Quince Orchard’s next drive: 20-yard pass to Elliott Davis, 11-yard pass to Bampoe-Addo, 12-yard pass to Joppy, 16-yard run by Shawn Barlow.
The only key Quince Orchard offensive weapon not involved in that sequence was Malcolm Brown, and he capped the drive with an 11-yard touchdown reception.
Murtaugh threw for 199 yards and Joppy ran for 104 yards — before halftime. With Davis and Clay Shelton-Jones each intercepting passes and Adam McLean applying pressure from the defense line, Quince Orchard earned a running clock late in the second quarter.
Since moving up to 4A two years ago, Quince Orchard is now 20-0 against 4A West competition and has won those games by an average score of 41-7. Whitman was impressive in a 28-0 Week 1 victory against James H. Blake (a 4A North team), but once again, Quince Orchard showed why it’s the king of the 4A West.
“It’s going to take a Herculean effort for somebody to knock them off their throne right now,” Whitman coach Jim Kuhn said.
Quince Orchard 42, Walt Whitman 0
Quince Orchard (2-0) 7 28 0 7 — 42
Walt Whitman (1-1) 0 0 0 0 —
QO — Malcolm Brown 11 pass from Mike Murtaugh (Troy Porter kick)
QO — Kevin Joppy 2 run (kick failed)
QO — Preston Bampoe-Addo 35 pass from Mike Murtaugh (Troy Porter kick)
QO — Kevin Joppy 18 run (Kyle Manion pass from Troy Porter)
QO — Preston Bampoe-Addo 43 pass from Mike Murtaugh (Troy Porter kick)
QO — Shawn Barlow 2 run (Troy Porter kick)
Quince Orchard — Kevin Joppy 8-109, Shawn Barlow 13-74, Kyle Green 5-34, Preston Bampoe-Addo 1-6, Kyle Manion 2-4, Mike Murtaugh 2-(-14).
Walt Whitman — Zac Morton 13-52, Nick Newsham 1-6, Evan Smith 3-(-15).
Quince Orchard —Mike Murtaugh 13-18-199-0.
Walt Whitman — Evan Smith 8-17-60-2
Quince Orchard — Preston Bampoe-Addo 5-104, Malcolm Brown 3-31, Elliott Davis 2-29, Kevin Joppy 2-20, Shawn Barlow 1-15.
Walt Whitman — Anton Casey 2-30, Nick Newsham 2-17, Nabil Ibrahim 1-10, Matt Howell 1-3, Zac Morton 2-0.