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August 30, 2014 Update for Monday, September 1: Varsity practice at high school watching film at 8 am in room F217.  Sophomores will still be at Flinn 8am. Freshman at Flinn 10am.

Good start to the 2014 season.  Sophomore score is 46-12, and here's what Matt Schuckman had to say about the varsity game:

Herald-Whig Sports Editor

Rick Little admits there's been joy watching the Quincy High School football players mature practice by practice throughout this preseason.

Friday night, the QHS coach saw it happen minute by minute.

United Township sandwiched fourth-quarter touchdown drives around a three-and-out by the Quincy offense, turning a potential blowout into a two-possession game. That's when the budding maturity and character that has impressed Little came through.

Devin Smith ripped off a 25-yard touchdown run and Cameron Gay returned an interception 63 yards for the exclamation point as the Blue Devils opened their season with a 37-14 weather-delayed Western Big Six Conference victory at Flinn Stadium.

"This is a neat team because a lot of these guys are getting their chance to take charge," said Little, whose team took the field 1 hour, 17 minutes later than the scheduled kickoff because of lightning delays. "To hang in there and know they could get back at it and get the score on offense and get the score on defense, that's a huge thing."

It wasn't as easy as the Blue Devils made it look.

Held to three first downs through the first seven possessions, the Panthers finally sustained a drive that ended with Andrew Tynes' 9-yard touchdown run with 11 minutes, 17 seconds remaining in regulation. Quincy went three-and-out on its ensuing possession, giving UT the ball on the Quincy 37-yard line. Five plays later, the Panthers' Dakari Mars burst up the middle for an 11-yard touchdown, trimming the Blue Devils' lead to 24-14 following the two-point conversion.

"It got a little sketchy there in the fourth quarter," QHS running back Brady Brockmiller said. "It got a little tense."

Brockmiller helped alleviate the pressure.

On second and 10 from the Quincy 18-yard line, the senior was able to get around the right end for a 20-yard gain. George Crickard IV then completed passes to Seth Holtschlag and Donavin Ruths to to get the United Township 25-yard line before Smith bounced off left tackle and scampered 25 yards for a touchdown with 5:21 to go.

"We pulled it together and had a good finishing drive," Brockmiller said. "For one drive, we had a little less confidence, but we pulled it together. We had a really stout drive that sealed it off."

Down three scores and time dwindling, the Panthers ditched the read option for an aerial attack, and Gay outjumped UT's Lamont Mitchell for a deep pass over the middle. Mitchell was flagged for offensive pass interference, but Gay came down with the interception and returned it along the left sideline for the score.

"Our guys showed they were up for the challenge," Little said. "It was getting a little interesting, but they came through."

Brockmiller led Quincy with 98 yards on 12 carries, with Smith picking up 69 yards on 10 carries. The Blue Devils finished with 251 yards rushing and 113 yards passing.

Defensively, Quincy limited UT to just 7 yards passing, although the second-half outburst by Tynes and Mars led to 176 yards rushing. They were the only the Panthers to carry the ball.

"We will definitely learn from our mistakes," QHS junior lineman Zach Harbin said. "We made a few, but we stuck with it and came out with the win."

-- mschuckman@whig.com/221-3366

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