Northwest Silences Screaming Eagles to Retain King’s Trophy
By Kevin O’Rourke
In front of a packed house at “The Nest” at Seneca Valley, Northwest showed why they are the Kings of Germantown. Both teams had huge support from student bodies and were well represented, but the Jags proved too much for the Screaming Eagles and retained the title of Kings of Germantown for another year.
The Screaming Eagles knew that they could not come out flat against the defending 4A State Champs, but after their first possession, the Screaming Eagle faithful had a bad feeling about the outcome of the game. In the end, Seneca Valley could muster only 6 points in the 46-6 loss to the cross-town rivals.
The first three plays from scrimmage for Zack Robinson (5) and the Screaming Eagles didn’t go as planned and Seneca Valley was forced to play the field position game and punt. However, Northwest’s Chuck Anya (33) had other plans, Anya blocked the punt and it was scooped by Martin Foray (2) who ran it into the endzone to put the Jaguars up 6-0 early.
The next Seneca Valley possession ended with T.J. Patterson (50) creating havoc in the backfield and forcing a sack fumble, which was recovered by senior defensive end Ruiz Bell (94) giving the potent Jags offense the ball in good field position.
Two plays later, senior running back E.J. Lee scored the first of his two
touchdowns on the night, with a 43 yard-run to pay dirt. Lee would run for 176 yards on 18 carries for the night. The extra point was blocked, holding the Jags to a 13-0 lead with 8:19 to play in the first quarter.
After a Seneca Valley drive stalled, the Jags drove the ball down to the Seneca Valley five yard-line, after Lee run and a nice pass from quarterback Mark Pierce (11) to Kwab Asamoah (5). On the next play, Seneca Valley’s James Chase (15) stepped in front of a Pierce pass at the 2 yard line and returned it all the way down to inside the Northwest 10, but the play was called back on a roughing the passer call, giving the Jags first and ten deep in Eagles territory.
Pierce handed to senior running back Kevin Proctor (25), who barreled into the endzone to increase the Jags lead to 19-0 with less than a minute left in the first quarter. Again the Seneca Valley managed to block the extra point.
On Seneca Valley’s next drive Northwest’s senior linebacker Brendan Thompson (8) was ejected after leading with his helmet while delivering a punishing hit to Seneca Valley’s Daquon Simpson (23).
The ensuing Seneca Valley drive ended with another turnover as Northwest’s Kwab Asamoah (5) picked off a Zack Robinson pass to end the Screaming Eagle threat. However, Seneca Valley is able to hold the Jags forcing them to turn the ball over on downs on the Eagle 17 yard-line.
Zach Robinson lead the Eagles on a nice drive with runs by Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) and Darius Golston (32). Robinson dives left into the endzone for a 5 yard-run to put Seneca Valley on the board, 19-6 with 3:42 left in the half. The two-point try failed.
However, any hope of going into the locker room down by only 13 points was quickly quashed by a Mark Pierce pass to Brandon Williams (9) to put the Jags in Seneca Valley territory. On the next play, E.J. Lee got his second touchdown, with a 35 yard run. Pierce connected with Williams again for the two-point conversion, to stretch the lead to 27-6 with 2:26 left in the first.
But, Northwest wasn’t finished scoring in the half. With 1:17 left, Pierce and Jaguars call a flea-flicker and Pierce hit senior wide receiver Aaron Beidleman with a 35-yard strike to put another six points on the board and the Jags went into the break ahead 33-6.
Northwest took the kick off to start the second half and drove the ball down with runs from Shyheim Wright (19) and a nifty Mark Pierce scramble for 12 yards. Pierce would call his own number on the QB sneak for a touchdown to increase the lead to 39-6 with 8:36 left in the third quarter. The Jags would add Proctor’s second touchdown run to complete the rout of Seneca Valley, 46-6.
The 3-0 Jags will host Gaithersburg (1-2) next week, who lost to Clarksburg 26-6 on Friday night. While Seneca Valley 2-1, will travel to 0-3, Bethesda-Chevy Chase, who lost 21-3 to Walt Whitman Friday night.
Top: Northwest’s E.J. Lee (23) scampers for the first of his two touchdowns.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Zack Robinson (5) calling signals under junior center Nathaniel Jack (56).
Next: After a blocked punt by Chuck Anya (33), Martin Foray (2) runs the ball into the endzone for Northwest’s first score in the Battle for the King’s Trophy.
Next: Senior guard Maxwell Hughes (60) and E.J. Lee (23) open a hole for Kevin Proctor (25) to score the first of his two touchdowns.
Next: Northwest’s Kwab Asamoah (5) picks off a Zack Robinson pass.
Next: Seneca Valley’s senior safety Mujahid Robinson (25) stops Northwest’s Kwab Asamoah (5).
Last: The Jags celebrate winning the King’s Trophy with their fans at the end of Friday Night’s game.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.