Jaguars End Season in 3rd Round of Playoffs

Kameron Duncan, Sports Writer

Flowers suffers 12-23 loss to Quince Orchard

It seemed like the typical day for Flowers, going into a high-stakes game with a favored opponent on the road. Usually the story is that Flowers wins in a close, hotly contested game. That was not the case in Gaithersburg on Friday night, as the Jaguars lost to the Quince Orchard Cougars 23-12 and had their dreams of playing for a state championship in Baltimore crushed.

Flowers received the ball to start the game, and led a very successful opening drive. They were able to move the ball all the way to the 2 yard line, when they fumbled away possession of the ball on 3rd and goal. Quince Orchard’s offense sputtered to open the game, going 3 and out on its first drive. Flowers would suffer the same fate, giving the ball right back after three unsuccessful efforts to advance 10 yards.
The Cougars would take advantage of gaining possession of the ball, scoring on a long pass play with 28 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Jaguars would come right back, scoring on their second play from scrimmage in the next drive. A penalty for too many men on the field forced what would be the game-tying extra point to be moved back 5 yards, and the try was unsuccessful.
That would be the last scoring play for Flowers for a while, as Quince Orchard would score 16 unanswered points in the second and third quarters to take a 23-6 lead.
After gaining the ball back early in the fourth quarter off an interception, Flowers surged to score a touchdown, and it seemed as if yet another improbable victory was in its early stages. However, after an unsuccessful 2 point conversion attempt and two interceptions on their last two offensive drives, it was clear that Flowers’ run in these playoffs had come to an abrupt end.