In the past Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim has said that Petey Gaskin is a “great game manager,” however last night the senior quarterback showed that is also a great play maker. Gaskins threw for four first-half touchdowns as the Screaming Eagles whipped up on Watkins Mill 61-0.
Friday night’s homecoming game was delayed for almost 90 minutes by a quick rainstorm and persistent lightning over Montgomery County. (Most games were delayed, and one game – the Walter Johnson vs. Magruder game at Walter Johnson High School was cancelled due to weather.)
Amid unconfirmed reports that the Watkins Mill team had destroyed the homecoming banners made by the Seneca Valley cheerleaders for the game, the Screaming Eagles came out after the delay with extra fire in their bellies.
After a shortened warm-up period, Seneca won the toss and elected to receive. The Eagles drove the ball down the field and scored. The drive started at the Seneca 45 yard-line with two runs, one an end-around to senior receiver Cortez Lee Chase-Ervin and the Eagles were in Wolverine territory. After two incomplete passes, on third down Gaskins scrambled and found senior wide-out Antonio Fox on the side line, but just short of the first.
On fourth-and-two, from the Watkins Mill 40 yard-line, Seneca would hand the ball to their outstanding junior running back, Adrian Feliz-Platt, who would dodge, dash, and dance his way inside the 20 yard-line giving the Screaming Eagles a fresh set of downs. On the next play, Gaskins would find Fox in the flat and Fox would avoid two tacklers on his way to the end zone to put Seneca Valley up 7-0, after the Rey Genovez kick.
Watkins Mill would go three-and-punt giving the ball back to Seneca Valley. The Eagles started the second drive on their own 39 yard-line. A personal foul call on Watkins Mill gives moved the ball well into Wolverine territory. After an incomplete pass, and a reverse to Fox, which was sniffed out by Watkins Mill senior linebacker Malik Butler to hold the Fox to a two-yard gain. On third down, Watkins Mill was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty which gave the Eagles 15-yards and a fresh set of downs.
Seneca Valley would score two plays later. Feliz-Platt would waltz 10-yards into the end zone untouched. Seneca Valley was up 14-0 after the kick.
On the next series, Seneca Valley’s senior defensive tackle Michael Hite, would hit Watkins Mill quarterback Markel Grant and force a fumble. Seneca’s junior linebacker Sal Sirleaf, would pounce on the ball giving the Eagles first-and-ten from the Watkins Mill 25 yard-line.
One play later, Gaskins would throw his second touchdown pass to Chase-Ervin, who would take catch the ball in the flat and scramble to pay dirt to give Seneca Valley a 21-0 lead with 6:39 left in the first-quarter.
The Seneca Valley defense forced another three-and-out. Feliz-Platt would run the ball off-tackle eating up huge chunks of yardage and setting up a first-and-ten at the Wolverine 18-yard line. Once again, Gaskins would throw to Chase-Erin who would glide into the end zone to extend the lead to 27-0 in the first-quarter. Watkins Mill would block the point-after-attempt.
The Seneca defense would again force a punt. On the next possession, Gaskins would throw connect with Feliz-Platt for a 30-yard gain and fresh set of downs. Gaskins pass would drop in over Feliz-Platt’s shoulder like a basket catch, and Feliz-Platt would tip-toe the sideline to make sure he was in bounds. However, the effort would be for nothing, as Seneca Valley would turn the ball over on downs after Gaskins was unable to scramble for a first down.
However, Seneca Valley’s defense would score on the next play as Watkins Mill’s Grant was unable to get a handle on a high snap which would soar over his head into the end zone where the Eagles’ Quantay Person would fall on it extending the lead to 33-0.
The play would also extend the Seneca Valley defense’s scoring streak. The Seneca defense has scored a touchdown in every game this season.
Coach Kim would elect to go for two points rather than kick. Feliz-Platt would run off right tackle for the extra points. Seneca Valley was up 35-0 with 2:16 remaining in the first-quarter.
Feliz-Platt would score his second touchdown in the opening seconds of the second quarter on a pass from Gaskins. The junior running back would catch the ball in the flat and scramble 18 yards to the end zone to extend the lead to 41-0. The kick would fail after a penalty moved it back.
The final touchdown of the first half would be Gaskins best throw of the night. Gaskins threw a 73-yard strike down the center of the field to senior receiver Donovan Beckett-Simms. The Screaming Eagles would take a 48-0 lead into halftime and never look back. The Eagles would find the end zone twice more in the second half for a final score of 61-0.
Seneca Valley continues its perfect season keeping pace with division rival Damascus who also remains perfect after beating Blake 56-20 last night. Next week, the Eagles will play 2-3 Wheaton at Blair High School. Wheaton is scheduled to play Kennedy at 2:00 pm on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Top: Seneca Valley’s senior quarterback Petey Gaskins (11) threw four touchdowns in the first half of Friday night’s 61-0 victory over Watkins Mill.
Next: Defensive tackle Michael Hite (52) hits Watkins Mill quarter back Markel Grant (8) and forces a fumble which is pounced on by Seneca Valley’s Sal Sirleaf (27).
Next: Wide receiver Antonio Fox (3) runs to the end zone after catching a pass from Petey Gaskins.
Next: Gaskins (11) hands the ball to Adrian Feliz-Platt (7). Feliz-Platt scored two touchdowns and a two-point conversion in the first-half of Friday night’s victory.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.