Seneca Valley’s Defense Leads to Eighth Straight Win
The Seneca Valley offense may have scored all but one of the touchdowns in Friday night’s 49-7 drubbing of the Blake Bengals, but they owe many of those touchdowns to the strong play of their defensive secondary. The Screaming Eagles defense had five interceptions in the game, most of which set up the offense with a short field for a touchdown, and one went for a pick-six.
Seneca Valley’s defense set the tone on the first series, after a 30-yard pass play which had the Bengals, who entered this game with a 2-5 record, feeling good about their prospects against the unbeaten team from Germantown. However, Seneca shut down the drive and forced a punt. But the Blake defense held quarterback Petey Gaskins and the Seneca offense to a three-and-out, and Coach Fred Kim decided to play the field position game and punted the ball giving Blake possession deep in their own territory.
The Screaming Eagles defense returned the favor forcing Blake to punt. Seneca Valley’s Donovan Becket-Sims would return the ball all the way to the Blake 25 yard line, giving the offense great field position.
Seven plays and an illegal procedure penalty, later Seneca Valley was on the scoreboard. Petey Gaskins dive 1-yard to the end zone put the Eagles up 6-0. The PAT would be wide.
On the next series, the Seneca Valley defense would get the ball back as senior defensive back Zae Wright came down with a Jacob Silverman pass. Wright would return the ball 52-yards to the Blake 11-yard line.
On the next play from scrimmage Gaskins would get his second rushing touchdown of the night, an 11-yard slashing run for the touchdown. Gaskins would throw Cortez Chase-Ervin for a two-point conversion giving the Screaming Eagles a 14-0 lead with 3:20 left in the first quarter. The throw would be the last action Gaskins would see in the game, he would be replaced by last year’s starter junior quarterback Zack Robinson, who has recovered from a knee injury suffered in a pre-season scrimmage.
While the two-point conversion would shut-down Gaskins it would wake up Chase-Ervin, who earlier in the day announced, via Twitter, that he had committed to playing college football for Old Dominion University. The announcement must have inspired him as he scored two touchdowns, one on offense and one on defense against Blake.
The Seneca Valley defense would answer the bell again and force Blake to punt from deep in their own territory again. The punt would be less the stellar. The Screaming Eagles would be in business on the Blake 23 yard line. Seneca would pound the ball down to the 1-yard line, and hand the ball to Adrian Feliz-Platt for the first of his three touchdowns on the night. The one-yard plunge would give Seneca Valley a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Chase-Ervin would get the first of his two touchdowns, as he stepped in front of a Sliverman pass and returned it 44 yards to the end zone to put Seneca Valley up 27-0 with 11:42 remaining in the half. The PAT would be no good.
On the next play from scrimmage after the kickoff return, Chase-Ervin would pick off his second straight Jacob Silverman pass, which would lead to an 18-yard touchdown run by Feliz-Platt, and two point conversion pass from Robinson to Antonio Fox to put the Eagles up 35-0 with 8:35 left in the first half.
Chase-Ervin would find the end zone again on the 41-yard pass from Robinson to extend the lead to 42-0 with 6:52 remaining in the half.
Once again the Seneca Valley defense would end a Blake drive with an interception. This time junior linebacker Dione Jordan would come down with an errant pass for the Eagles fourth interception of the game.
In the second half, Adrian Feliz-Platt would pick up where he left off and fund the end-zone again for his third touchdown of the game, marking the fifth time this year that the junior running back has three or more touchdowns in a game. Seneca Valley.
Blake’s only touchdown would come off of a 31-yard pass play late in the third-quarter.
The win sets up next week’s battle of the unbeatens as Seneca Valley will host the Washington Post’s Top Ranked team in the Washington D.C. area, the 8-0 Swarmin’ Hornets of Damascus. University of Maryland commit running back Jake Funk and the Hornets dispatched the Colonels of Magruder 49-18 next Friday night, in what promises to be one of the best Montgomery County football games all season.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Cortez Chase-Ervin (8) rumbles over a Blake defender after catching a pass from Zack Robinson in Friday’s 49-7 victory.
Next: Junior Tae Wright (22) intercepts a pass to set up a touchdown in Friday’s victory over Blake.
Next: Senior quarterback Petey Gaskins (11) runs for his second touchdown of the game.
Next: Junior running back Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) scampers for one of his three touchdowns in the victory over Blake on Friday night.
Next: Cortez Chase-Ervin (8) dives for a touchdown after catching a pass, and breaking two tackles to run to the end zone.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.