The Screaming Eagles were flying high Friday night as they began their campaign to make it back to the Division 3A Playoffs by scoring 29 points before running two offensive plays. Seneca Valley scored early and often in the first quarter against the Poolesville Falcons.
“It was a great start to the game,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim. “We were very concerned watching these guys from Poolesville on film; they were well disciplined and well coached. They have made the playoffs the last bunch of years in Division 2A.”
Coach Kim’s concerns were quickly pushed aside he watched Cortez Chase-Ervin, the senior transfer from Gaithersburg, scamper down the field 70-yards to the end zone with the opening kickoff.
The Eagles would get on the board again when junior Dione Jordan stepped in front of a Poolesville pass and brought it 23 yards to for a Pick-6 touchdown on the Falcon’s second play from scrimmage. The interception put Seneca Valley up 14-0.
The Seneca Valley defense would force Poolesville to punt after a three-and-out. Junior Adrian Feliz-Platt would take the punt all way back to put Seneca Valley up 21-0 before running the Screaming Eagle offense had even taken the field.
Once the Screaming Eagles offense took the field, they weren’t on it for long. As Chase-Ervin would get his second touchdown of the night on a 69-yard sweep. A botched snap on the field goal leads to a two-point conversion by senior kicker Rey Genovez. Seneca Valley was up 29-0 half-way through the first quarter.
Seneca Valley would score twice more in the before half-time. On their first drive of the second quarter, the other senior transfer from Gaithersburg, quarterback Petey Gaskins would extend the lead to 41-0.
Gaskins and last year’s starting quarterback Zack Robinson had been competing for the starting spot in camp this year when Robinson got injured which left the spot open for Gaskins.
According to Kim, Robinson, who was on the sideline with crutches, tore his ACL in the Eagle’s scrimmage against Quince Orchard in August. “Zack has a slight tear in his ACL, which solidified the spot for Petey. It was a great competition in camp. It is unfortunate. The competition helps and it was making both of those guys better.” Robinson is expected to be out six to seven weeks, which would allow him to return just after the midpoint of the season.
Halfway through the third-quarter with many of the Seneca Valley starters on the sideline, Poolesville would begin to mount a comeback scoring once on run and again on a 15-yard pass, but it would not be enough to catch the Eagles.
Poolesville is on the road again at Wheaton next week. Wheaton plays Magruder at noon on Saturday at Gaithersburg.
Seneca Valley has the big one next week. They will travel down Great Seneca Highway to play Northwest for the Kings Trophy. Northwest defeated Gaithersburg 27-0 in a game that was delayed for over an hour due to lightning.
Seneca will be looking to avenge the 46-6 pounding the Jags put on the Eagles last season. After the game, Coach Kim told his team to forget about the victory and focus on nothing but doing all the things right this week in practice and in school and turn their minds to beating Northwest.
“We’ve got to stop Pierce,” Coach Kim told the Germantown Pulse. “He is their guy. He’s been their three-year starter, and two-year state champ. But he’s not the only one because they are loaded. They have great talent. They have great players to replace the guys that just graduated. But, Pierce is the key. We’ve got to stop him.”
Top: Seneca Valley’s senior running back Daquon Simpson runs for tough yards in the Screaming Eagles’ 41-13 victory over Poolesville. Photo by Germantown Pulse.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Cortez Chase-Ervin (8) finds some running room as he carries the football for a first down. Photo courtesy of Kevin Crippen.
Next: Senior quarterback Petey Gaskins(11) runs for a touchdown in his first start with Seneca Valley. Photo courtesy of Kevin Crippen.
Thanks to Amy Taylor for contributing to this story.