Seneca Valley Rains Touchdowns on Magruder
Seneca Valley’s backfield of Adrian Feliz-Platt and Darius Golston combined for seven touchdowns. Feliz-Platt had four for the third straight game this season. Golston had three. On Friday night, the Eagles battled Magruder and a driving rainstorm at Harvill Stadium in Gaithersburg to win 53-24.
On a weekend when the weather forced every game in MoCo to be played at a location that which it wasn’t originally scheduled, the Seneca Valley at Magruder game was one of the few that were played exactly where and when it was scheduled. The field at Magruder High School is being replaced and the Colonels are playing all their home games on the turf at the new John Harvill Stadium at Gaithersburg High School.
The weather, a cold driving rain, seemed to make both teams come out a cold as the game started. Magruder, who came into the game with a record of 1-3, started with an unsuccessful three-and-out. A badly hit punt gave unbeaten Seneca Valley good field position but the Colonels defense forced Seneca to punt.
Seneca Valley would find their stride in the second series, which featured a new wrinkle as quarterback Petey Gaskins showed the Screaming Eagles read-option offense. Gaskins, along with Feliz-Platt and Golston move the ball deep into Magruder territory. Golston would power the ball up the middle to score the first of his three touchdowns and give Seneca a 6-0 lead. Seneca’s kicker Rey Genovez missed his first point-after-attempt all season in the rain.
On the Colonels first play from scrimmage the shotgun snap would go over the head of senior quarterback Ben Wilson, and be picked up by Senca’s senior defensive end, Kendall Pinales and run 20 yards for the Screaming Eagles second score in less than 30 seconds. This time Golston would run off-tackle for the two-point conversion giving Seneca a 14-0 lead. It is the fifth straight game in which the Seneca Valley defense put points on the board.
The Magruder offense could get nothing working in the first half against Seneca Valley’s starting defense. On the next series, Seneca would force a punt. The snap would soar over the punter Michael Nicklow’s head, he would recover it at the one-yard line. Seneca would take over at the Magruder one-yard line.
One play later Darius Golston was in the end zone again and Seneca Valley was leading 21-0 with 1:05 remaining in the first quarter.
Again the Seneca Valley defense would prove too much for the Magruder offense, which would attempt a fake punt at their own 34 yard line. The trickeration would not succeed as the pass fell incomplete.
The Screaming Eagles backfield would close the gap to the end zone with sweeps and quarterback keepers until Feliz-Platt would get his first of four touchdowns to put Seneca on top of Magruder 27-0. The Colonels would block the point-after-kick.
Adrian Feliz-Platt would score twice more before halftime. Once on a short pass over the middle from Clarence “Petey” Gaskins and again on a 40-yard sprint off-tackle to send the Eagles to halftime with a 39-0 lead.
In the second half, Feliz-Platt picked up right where he left off, scrambled 60 yards to pay-turf on the first play from scrimmage to give Seneca a 46-0 lead.
With most of the Seneca Valley starters on the bench, Magruder was able to drive the ball all the way down the field to score, cutting the lead to 46-8, but using all of the third quarter running clock to do it.
The Magruder defense would block a punt, and take over on the Seneca three-yard line and score one play later. Another successful two-point conversion would make it 46-16 in the fourth quarter.
On the ensuing kickoff, Magruder would attempt a short squib kick which would be picked up by Darius Golston and returned 65 yards for his third touchdown of the night to extend the Seneca lead to 53-16. The Colonels offense would score once more on as time ran out in the game, to make the final score 54-24.
Next week Seneca Valley celebrates homecoming against Watkins Mill. The Wolverines are 3-2 after a 13-7 victory over Poolesville on Thursday night. Magruder will take on Walter Johnson next week.
Seneca Valley’s fifth straight win allows them to keep pace with 5-0 Damascus who defeated Wheaton 54-6 on the turf at Wootton High School Friday night.
Top: Seneca Valley’s junior running back Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) ran for four touchdowns for the third straight week, in the Screaming Eagles’ rain-soaked thumping of Magruder.
Next: Senior defensive end Kendall Pinales (9) makes a text-book perfect tackle on Magruder’s Peter Nankhuni (5). Pinales wrapped, lifted, drove, and planted the ball carrier.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Darius Golston (32) returns a second half squib kick 60 yards for a touchdown. It was his third touchdown of the game.
Next: Senior quarterback Petey Gaskins (11) ran the ball more in the rain-soaked game, showing his read-option skills in the first half.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.