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Northwest No.1 in Maryland, SV Hopes to Avoid Another Slow Start


By Kevin O’Rourke

This week, the two Germantown high school football teams are dealing with vastly different mindsets. One may be tempering in being named the top team in the state, and the other is trying to figure out how come out swining.

Earlier this week, Northwest was earned the top ranking in the Maryland Media Top 25, as the best high school football team in the state.

Last week the Seneca Valley got back on track thanks to a blistering third quarter scoring blitz which saw Screaming Eagles score three touchdowns in less than 2 minutes.

However, Coach Fred Kim knows that those sort of scoring bonanzas are anomalies and can’t be counted on to happen every week. Coach Kim knows also knows that his team has been struggling to start games in the proper gear, and last week was no different.

The Seneca Valley offense came out bland and the defense was caught sleeping as it gave up an 80 yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. Eventually, the Screaming Eagles were eventually able to warm to the task and put points on the board beating Bethesda Chevy-Chase Barons 42-6.

“I am not sure what our deal is,” said Coach Kim on his teams’ slow starts. “We are working to improve. It killed us against Northwest.” Another thing that Coach Kim knows is that a slow start will be big trouble when the face the high powered offense that Sherwood will throw at Seneca Valley tomorrow night.

“We cannot do that again against Sherwood. We will not be able to recover against them,” said Kim. ‘Fortunately we were able to against B-CC. We cannot keep doing that. It will cost us again. Offensively, we cannot get going in the first half. That has been our biggest issue.”


A small part of the problem could be that they have been without one of their biggest weapons early on in games, as standout running sophomore running back Adrian Feliz-Platt was not been available to play early on due to violations of team rules. “Every player is held accountable for their actions, no matter who they are,” said Kim when asked why Feliz-Platt did not play early in the team’s last two outings.

Unbeaten Sherwood comes into Thursday night’s game at Seneca Valley with a potent passing attack, boasting the talented quarterback and receiver combination. “They have one of the best duos in the county. They will be a huge challenge to stop,” said Kim.