The first quarter of Seneca Valley’s match up with the Wheaton Knights at Blair Stadium, didn’t really go the way the Screaming Eagles wanted, but it didn’t go the way the Knights would have wanted either.
The first three plays from scrimmage were not great, as the Screaming Eagles offense went three-and-out. However, Seneca Valley’s next three offensive plays would be for touchdowns. However, that was only after the Eagles went up 6-0 on a 50-yard punt return by senior Donovan Beckett-Sims. The kick failed.
The Seneca Valley offense got back on the field after Wheaton drive stalled inside their own 15. Senior quarterback Petey Gaskins called his own number and dashed off-tackle for a 27-yard touchdown to put the Eagles up 12-0. Seneca Valley would go for two and convert on a pass from Gaskins to Cortez Lee Chase-Ervin to make it 14-0.
The 3-3 Wheaton Knights would show some spirit on the next drive. Senior quarterback Victor Barkley would freeze the defense with a nice play-action fake and find junior receiver Perry Ellis for a long pass that would set up Wheaton at the Seneca Valley 8-yard line. The Knights would score two plays later on a pass from Barkley to sophomore running back Dante Hill. Wheaton cut the lead to 14-6. The extra point was blocked by Seneca Valley.
On the next play from scrimmage Seneca’s Adrian Feliz-Platt would take a hand-off and run up the middle of the field, dodging and slashing 63-yards for a touchdown. Again the kick would fail, Seneca led 20-6.
Wheaton would start their next possession at their own 30-yard line. Two plays later, Seneca Valley would have the ball back, after a fumble recovery by junior defensive tackle Olawale Layeni. The fumble would lead to Feliz-Platt’s second touchdown, which came by way of a Gaskins pass on very next play. The two point conversion, a pass from Gaskins to Donovan Beckett-Sims.
At the end of the first quarter, Seneca Valley was up 26-6 after running just nine offensive plays, one of which was a punt and two others were two-point conversions.
The teams would trade turnovers to begin the second quarter. Seneca’s Zae Wright would recover a fumble on the Wheaton 18-yard line and Wheaton’s DeQuawne Mitchell would intercept a Gaskins pass at the 10 yard line and return it to Seneca 16-yard line. However, a block in the back penalty would move it back to the 31-yard line.
Seneca Valley’s defense would hold the Knights on fourth-down and Gaskins and company would take over at the 23-yard line. After a Gaskins 20-yard run, and holding penalty, the Eagles scored again. Gaskins threw over the middle to junior running back Darius Golston, who turned around to find a convoy of Eagles to lead him into the end zone for a 69-yard touchdown. Feliz-Platt would run it in for the two point conversion which extended the Seneca Valley lead to 36-6 with 9:35 remaining in the first-half.
As the half drew to a close, the Eagles would take over on downs with less and minute left and put another touchdown on the board to go in halftime up 42-6. The kick failed. In the second half, one more touchdown would make it 50-6.
Seneca Valley will take their perfect 7-0 record on the road again next week to Blake, who are 5-2 and coming off of a 41-38 shootout victory over Magruder on Thursday. The win allows the Eagles to keep pace with Damascus who won again this week with a 63-7 blowout victory over Whitman on Thursday.
Seneca Valley will face Damascus and superstar running back Jake Funk at home in two weeks. Funk announced on Friday that he will attend the University of Maryland and play football for the Terps. The highly anticipated Seneca Valley vs. Damascus game will take place on Friday, Oct. 30.
Top: Seneca Valley quarterback Petey Gaskins (11) runs in the second touchdown of the game during Friday’s 50-6 victory over Wheaton.
Next: Seneca’s Nate Jake (56) chases Wheaton quarterback Victor Barkley, forcing an incomplete pass.
Next: Junior defensive tackle Olawale Layeni (59) recovers a Wheaton fumble setting up another Seneca Valley touchdown.
Next: Darius Golston (32) catches a Gaskins pass and rumbles 69 yards for a touchdown.
Next: Antonio Fox (3) catches a pass in the first quarter.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.