Seneca Valley Overcomes Slow Start
By Kevin O’Rourke
Talking to his team after the game Friday night, Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim did not seem pleased, which is surprising when you consider his team beat the Rockville Rams 36-14.
Coach Kim was concerned because for the second week in a row, his team came out flat and didn’t play well to start the game. On Friday, the Screaming Eagles spotted Rockville a 14 point lead, before posting 36 unanswered points to win the game. Last week, against Wheaton, the Eagles started slow and were held scoreless in the first half.
Seneca Valley trailed Rockville 14-0 after the first quarter, after two touchdown passes from Rockville quarterback Chuck Reese, who finished the game with 20 passes on 37 attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns.
The Screaming Eagles finally got on the board with a six-yard run from sophomore quarterback Zack Robinson (5). Senior kicker Andrew Magnuson (10) converted the extra point. They scored again with 12 seconds remaining in the half, off an eight-yard pass from Robinson to junior wide receiver Antonio Fox (3). An unsportsman-like conduct penalty pushed the extra point back and it was no good. Seneca Valley went into halftime trailing Rockville by one point, 14-13.
The Eagles came out of the locker room for the second half and scored on the first drive with a 20-yard run by Adrian Feliz-Platt (7). He also scored the two-point conversion on the pitch to the left to put the Eagles up 21-14.
The fourth quarter started with Seneca Valley on top, as their offense capitalized on a Rockville fumble and scored off a 2 yard quarterback keeper by Robinson (5). Feliz-Platt capped the drive scoring the two-point conversion putting the Eagles up 29-14 in front of the Gang Green supporters in the bleachers.
Seneca Valley cemented the comeback with 7:21 left in the game with a six-yard Feliz-Platt touchdown run and a Magnuson extra point, ending the 36 unanswered points from Seneca Valley. Feliz-Platt ended the night with 138 yards rushing, on 24 attempts, the leading rusher in Montgomery County on Friday night.
“We have to find a way to come out stronger,” Kim told his players after the game. “Captains and seniors I will look to you to make sure that we are ready to play.”
The Screaming Eagles had better take their coaches words to hard because next week they host the defending state champs and down-the-street rivals, Northwest High School in the Battle of Germantown. Northwest pounded Richard Montgomery Friday night 49-0, scoring 21 points, on the road, in the first quarter on Friday. The Jaguars haven’t given up a point yet this season and are riding an eight-game win streak going back to last season.
Top: Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) runs for a touchdown on the first drive of the second half.
Next: Seneca Valley's Michael Hoffman-Hackett (57) tackles Rockville's Chuck Reece (3).
Next: Screaming Eagles quarterback Zach Robinson (5) bulls he was into the endzone for a touchdown to start the fourth quarter.
Bottom: Seneca Valley's running back Darius Golston (32) reaches for a first down.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.