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Wise Tops Quince Orchard, 12-7, Claims 2012 Maryland 4A State Title

3:12 AM, Dec 1, 2012   |    comments
The Wise Pumas celebrate their 12-7 victory over Quince Orchard in the 2012 Maryland 4A State Championship Game.
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BALTIMORE, Md. (WUSA) -- For the Pumas of Dr. Henry A. Wise, Friday's Maryland 4A State Championship Game at M&T Bank Stadium came down to the last 2 minutes and 14 seconds of the game.

The score had been locked at 7-6, Quince Orchard, since the second quarter when junior tight end Micah Till caught a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Isaiah Black, ultimately securing Wise's 12-7 victory and the school's first-ever football championship.

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"I stayed focused because I knew we needed ... to throw the ball ... I counted on Micah. We practice it every single day," said Black, who completed 6 of 13 passes for 104 yards.

"We've been working on that same fade since week one, so it just felt great to see that practice ... in the game," said Till. 

Friday's game was the closest of Wise's 14-0 season, as the Pumas met their match on defense. Despite the pressure from Quince Orchard's secondary, Wise was able to pull together and execute the game-winning play.

"We talked about giving 110 percent, everything you have and a little bit more ... they said they were going to get one for me and they came through," said Pumas head coach DaLawn Parrish.

In the final moments of regulation, the Cougars responded with a series of efficient drives, but with 30 seconds left in the game, junior defensive back Joseph Shelton intercepted a pass from Matt Choi at the Pumas' 1-yard line, ending Quince Orchard's late-game rally.

This is the second year in a row that Cougars head coach Dave Mencarini and his squad, who finished this season 12-2, have made it to the state championship but fallen just shy of victory. Tyrell Williams led Quince Orchard with 187 rushing yards and quarterback Matt Choi led his team in passing, completing 6 of 14 passes for 58 yards.

Maryland State Championships conclude Saturday with New Town versus Dunbar at 12:00 p.m. and Frederick Douglass versus Middletown at 3:30 p.m., both at M&T Bank Stadium.

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