Zwinak carries Lancers to victory


GAITHERSBURG, Md. - There is a reason you cannot spell Zwinak without WIN. One week after rushing for 327 yards and two touchdowns in a region semifinal victory, Linganore senior Zach Zwinak rushed for 265 yards and two touchdowns in a 19-0 win over Quince Orchard.

Zwinak had touchdown runs of 92 and 50 yards helping break open a close game and advancing the Lancers to their second consecutive state semifinal game.

"In a game like this the excitement is unbelievable and you really do want to continue to play. You want to keep having fun," Zwinak said.

With Linganore up 7-0 and Linganore pinned inside its own 10 yard line for the third time in the half, Zwinak took the ball on the first play of the drive for a 92-yard touchdown.

Zwinak added another touchdown with 5:58 left in the game to put out any Cougar hopes of a comeback.

"Zach was born right," Linganore head coach Rick Conner said. "We just let him do his thing - it's playoff time and Zach showed up."

Getting defensive: Linganore's defense limited Quince Orchard to 204 total yards, recording two interceptions and one fumble.

End of an era: The Lancers defense shut out the Cougar's for the first time in more than seven years.

The last time Quince Orchard went without scoring a point was Nov. 8, 2002 in a 28-0 loss to Gaithersburg.

Sasu-sational: Quince Orchard senior running back, Ben Sasu did about everything he could to keep the Cougars in the game.

Sasu rushed for 122 yards on 29 carries, ending his season with 1,609 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Overlooked performance: Linganore quarterback Nick Marth rushed for 69 yards and threw for 53 in the win. The senior picked up six first downs (five rushing, one passing), making runs of 12, 13, 14 and 16 yards. March completed 2 of 3 passes in the game.

Overheard: As the clock ticked down, Zwinak was taken out of the game. The Penn State commitment was heard yelling on the sidelines, "I want that ring!"

What this means: With the win, Linganore will host next week's state semifinal game. The Lancers will face Hereford out of Baltimore County, which defeated Franklin 31-15 Friday night.

Standing room only: Quince Orchard's stadium could not hold everyone that wanted to be at the game - literally.

Above the scoreboard on the east endzone along Highway 28, there were two fire trucks and several cars parked with people standing on the fire truck and along the fence line watching the game.

The Linganore sideline filled the stands and bled over to the track where people were lined up five rows deep. At least 30 coaches from Montgomery and Frederick counties had their own area behind the west endzone.

Scoring Summary:

First Quarter

L - Kevin Myers 7 run (Alex Eckard kick good), 2:20

Second Quarter

L - Zwinak 92 run (kick no good), 1:17

Fourth Quarter

L - Zwinak 50 run (2-point failed), 5:48

Rushing: Linganore Zwinak 22-265-2; Marth 7-64; Myers 10-51-1. Quince Orchard Sasu 29-122. Passing: Linganore Marth 2-3-53. Quince Orchard Drew Murphy 4-14-70. Receiving: Linganore Ryan Dixon 2-50. Quince Orchard Karim Jones 2-19; Mitchell Carney 1-43.