Feliz-Platt’s Four TDs Power Seneca Valley Past Rockville
For the second week in a row, Adrian Feliz-Platt scored four touchdowns and for the second week in a row the Seneca Valley defense scored more points than the opposition. This week, the Screaming Eagles defeated to Rockville to take on the now 1-3 Rockville Rams 49-0.
After kicking to Rockville, the Seneca Valley defense forced a punt. The Seneca Valley offense lead by quarterback Clarence “Petey” Gaskins had the Screaming Eagles on the scoreboard after a handoff and run by Feliz-Platt for the first of his four touchdowns.
Rockville could not move the ball effectively against the swarming Seneca Valley defense. The Rams would be forced to punt from their own 15 yard-line. The snap would go over the punters head and into the end zone where Seneca Valley’s junior linebacker Dione Jordan would pounce on the ball to put the Screaming Eagles up 14-0 with 6:24 remaining in the first quarter. It was Jordan’s third-, and the Screaming Eagles fourth defensive touchdown this season.
“Defensively, we are playing outstanding,” said Seneca Valley’s Head Coach Fred Kim after the game. “Our Defense or special teams have had a touchdown in every game so far this year. The kids are playing fast, they are playing downhill. That is the way we coach these guys, we want maximum aggression and minimal thinking and just playing downhill.”
The next Rockville offensive series would end with another big defensive play. This time from senior defensive back Donovan Beckett-Simms, who would step in front of Rockville senior quarterback, Brandon Geddes’ pass giving Seneca excellent field position.
A few plays later Seneca Valley’s Darius Golston would bull his way down to the one-yard line before being stopped by the Rams. But, on the next play he would power into the end zone to put Seneca Valley up 21-0 in the first quarter.
“We have a really tough offensive line,” said Kim. “They are excellent tough kids and they are coachable.” The line which is made up of senior guards Avram Baicu and Nate Jack, senior tackle Michael Hite and junior tackle Kyle Limardo, and senior center Michael Hoffmann-Hackett, opend holes for Feliz-Platt and Golston all night. As well as protecting Gaskins when he dropped back to pass.
“What really helps is that we have threats all over the place. We have Adrian and we also have Darius Golston who is also big threat,” said Kim. “We have lots of weapons that came make things happen. Offensively, we have a really great unit. We feel like we don’t have any holes. Petey is a great quarterback, a manager of the game. Which is perfect for us. He just does what is required and doesn’t have to win the football game because he has so much around him.”
On the ensuing possession, Rockville put together a bit of a drive thanks to two Geddes passes to junior receiver Michael Young. However, the drive would stall and Rockville would be forced to punt the back to the potent Seneca Valley offense.
Gaskins would connect with Corteze Chase-Ervin on two passes to move the ball to mid-field. A pass interference call against Rockville on an incomplete third-down pass would keep the Seneca drive alive. Two plays later, Feliz-Platt would jump over a pile of players to reach the end zone on a 12-yard run play. Seneca Valley was up 28-0 with 10:04 remaining in the second quarter.
Just two minutes later, after a Rockville punt, Gaskins would throw a screen pass to Feliz-Platt, who would sprint 50-yards for his third touchdown of the game. The Screaming Eagles were up 35-0 with 8:00 left in the first half.
Feliz-Platt would scamper in for another long touchdown run, for his fourth touchdown just prior to the end of the first half.
The entire second half would played with a running clock, as Rockville’s offense continued to struggle even while most of Seneca Valley defensive starters were resting. The Screaming Ealges would add one more touchdown, as senior running back Daquon Simpson would break one from scrimmage to extend the lead to 49-0.
Next week, the Screaming Eagles will play 1-3 Magruder at Gaithersburg High School on Friday night. Magruder is coming off a 22-19 lose to Watkins Mill this week.