By Kevin O’Rourke
The second week of the football season is always a better time to measure a football team. All players are battled tested and hopefully more at ease with what is expected of them come game time. This week both Germantown schools will face two Rockville schools, as Seneca Valley High School will host the Rockville High School Rams, and Northwest will travel to Richard Montgomery and attempt to ground the Rockets.
Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim hopes his team has shaken off the rust they showed in the first half of last week’s game against Wheaton. “We had very slow start,” said Kim. “Wheaton came out tough and tried to establish the run. They did a great job at it. Fortunately for us, we did not break and got two huge turnovers deep in our own territory.”
“We need to improve stopping the run and not turning the ball over on offense. We tackled very poorly,” said Kim. And the numbers bare him out, Wheaton’s running back Dominyck Sims rand for 176 yards against the Screaming Eagles defense last week, although he was kept out of the endzone.
Seneca Valley rallied in the second half to beat Wheaton 35-0 earning Coach Kim his 100th career win as a head football coach. Kim credited his teams conditioning and stamina. “What helped against us was that a few Wheaton players went down with cramps, while our guys did not. That might’ve been the difference maker.”
Kim said the Eagles would need an excellent pass rush to beat a pass happy Rockville team. “They are a very efficient run and gun passing team. They led the county in passing yards, attempts, and completions last week.” Rockville’s quarterback Chuck Reese threw for 393 yards last week in a high scoring 46-33 victory over cross-town rival Richard Montgomery.
“They score points in a hurry,” said Kim. “The quarterback and receiving corps, along with their offensive coordinator, have been playing together for four years. They are very dangerous and we will need to slow them down.”
“We will need to have an excellent pass rush, tackle very well, and defend the pass,” according to Kim. “We must also be patient as Rockville will make plays, and move onto the next play, and make some of our own. We need to create turnovers, control the ball and score on offense, no turnovers, and great special teams.”
If history is any indication, the Screaming Eagles will be up to the task as they have been dominating Rockville winning all meetings since 2011, and scoring at least 40 points in every game. The game has a 6:30 pm start at Seneca Valley High School.
Caption: Junior defensive tackle Michael Hoffman-Hackett in the four-point stance against Wheaton last week.
Photo by Germantown Pulse.