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