The narrative is the same each week: two Gaithersburg-area high schools win big while another falls in dramatic fashion.
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.
In a year in which Richard Montgomery has exceeded expectations, Dave Mencarini's Quince Orchard Cougars brought them back down to earth.
The Rockets entered the game 4-2 against the perennial Montgomery 4A West powerhouse, but the game would be decided by halftime. Quince Orchard led 35-0 at the break, powered by four rushing touchdowns, including runs of 44 and 80 yards by senior Tyrell Williams.
Another surprise squad in 2012, Watkins Mill improved to 5-2 with its shutout win over struggling Northwood.
The Wolverines were led by running back Quinton Schaired, who finished the game with 152 yards on 16 carries and four rushing touchdowns.