It was Miltary Appreciation Night at Seneca Valley on Friday as the Screaming Eagles hosted the Churchill Bulldogs, and the Eagles took the opening kickoff and marched down the field with precision that any military man would appreciate on their way to a 50-0 victory
Seneca Valley’s senior quarterback Clarence “Petey” Gaskins came out throwing the ball from the start going 4-for-six on the first drive with passes to Antonio Fox and Dawayne Kelley. Gaskins also ran the ball on a quarterback keeper that set the Eagles with a first down on the Bulldogs 14 yard-line.
At that point, Seneca put the ball into junior running back Adrian Feliz-Platt’s hands, who ran it down the six and scored the first of his four touchdowns on the night.
The Bulldogs would start the next possession at their 11 yard-line and go three and out and punt. However, the punt would be shanked and set up Seneca Valley with the ball the Churchill 35 yard-line.
However, the Eagles would not capitalize. Gaskins would drop back to pass, and feeling pressure from Churchill’s Nicky Stanton would throw a hurried pass that was picked off by Churchill’s junior defensive back Zawadi Bryant at the 10 yard-line. Bryant would return the ball to the 26-yard-line where he took a punishing hit and was knocked out of the game with a knee injury.
After two series, it became apparent that the Seneca Valley defense would be too much for Churchill’s offensive attack. Seneca kept Churchill’s standout junior running back Andrew Zuckerman in check almost all night.
The Bulldogs would punt again. This time, it would stay in bounds and be returned for a touchdown by Feliz-Platt, who caught the ball at the sideline near the Seneca 30 yard-line. Feliz-Platt would reverse field and run almost completely across the field to the other sideline before turning upfield and dashing to the end zone to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead with 3:42 remaining in the first quarter.
After a Churchill three-and-out, Feliz-Platt would have another big punt return to the 18 yard-line negated by block-in-the-back penalty. Instead of first-and-10 at the 18, Seneca took over at their own 45 yard-line.
While the penalty cost Seneca field position, the play was even more costly for Churchill who lost their junior quarterback Nino Tranquill who would appeared to dislocate his elbow on the play and had to be removed from the field by ambulance.
Once play resumed, Seneca Valley would use the ground game to move the ball down the field, a pair of long runs from Cortez Lee Chase-Ervin and Feliz-Platt would set up a 10-yard Petey Gaskins quarterback sweep to the end zone. Seneca Valley was up 21-0
On the ensuing drive, Seneca Valley’s senior safety James Chase would intercept a pass from the Bulldog’s new quarterback senior Brett Miller. The Eagles would start at their own 39 yard-line.
Gaskins would find Fox and Chase-Ervin on successive passes that set the Eagles up first-and-goal from the four yard-line. After two failed pass attempts, Gaskins handed the ball to Feliz-Platt, who rambled off-tackle for four yards for his third touchdown of the night extending the led to 28-0 with 8:47 remaining in the first half.
With their starting quarterback knocked out of the game, Churchill’s already sputtering offense could not find any traction against the Eagle’s defense.
Seneca Valley would score again on a pass 39 yard pass and run, as Gaskins would find Fox in the left flat and Fox would sprint the rest of way to end zone giving the Eagles a 35-0 led at halftime.
The second half would be no less kind to the Bulldogs, as senior linebacker Quantay Person would break into the Bulldogs backfield for a sack on the first play from scrimmage. Two plays and another Seneca Valley sack later and Churchill would punt.
The Screaming Eagles would score again on the next series, as Feliz-Platt rumbled downfield on two consecutive plays. It would be Feliz-Platt run the ball up the middle for his fourth touchdown of the game. The kick would fail, due a muffed snap, but Seneca would run the ball in for a two-point conversion and a 43-0 lead in the third quarter.
Seneca’s final touchdown would come from the defense. The Bulldogs would run the ball up the middle, but Nicky Stanton would lose the handle on the ball. Seneca Valley’s senior defensive end Jonathan Tadesse would pick up the ball and return it 32 yards for a touchdown putting the Eagles up 50-0.
Next week, unbeaten Seneca will travel to 1-2 Rockville, who lost to Richard Montgomery 54-26 Friday night. The 1-2 Bulldogs will be home next week to face the 2-1 Blair Blazers who got blasted by Northwest 58-23.
Top: Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) runs for the first of his four touchdowns on the night against the Churchill Bulldogs.
Next: Seneca Valley’s James Chase (15) returns an intercepted pass in the first quarter of Friday’s 50-0 victory.
Next: Seneca Valley’s senior wide receiver Antonio Fox (3) take a Petey Gaskins pass and sprints to the end zone.
Next: Quantay Person (47) sacks Churchill quarterback, Brett Miller.
Photos by Germantown Pulse