Seneca Valley to Host Damascus in ‘Slugfest’ of Unbeaten Teams on Friday
“It will be a slugfest,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim of Friday’s football game.
When Damascus visits Seneca Valley on Friday the two titans of the 2015 Montgomery County football season will collide in a game that has huge playoff implications for both teams.
Damascus is the runner-up for the 2014 Division 3A state championship. Seneca Valley went 8-2 last season and missed the playoffs in 2014. Last season, Damascus beat Seneca Valley 46-13. But that was last year.
This year the Damascus Swarmin’ Hornets are undefeated. The Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles are also undefeated. Both teams have played similar schedules, each has beaten up on the same six teams. Poolesville, Rockville, Watkins Mill, Wheaton, Blake, and Magruder. When you combine the scores of those six games, Damascus scored 313 points and allowed just 52. Against those same six teams, Seneca Valley scored 303 points and allowed just 50 points.
Where two schedules differ, Damascus defeated very good Quince Orchard team 39-17 in the first week of the season. However, Seneca Valley defeated two-time 4A State Champs Northwest 14-7 in the second week of the season. The only other difference is Damascus beat Whitman 63-7 and Seneca Valley beat Churchill 60-0.
This match-up is arguable the biggest high school football game in Maryland all season, and a hug crowd is expected at Seneca Valley High School to watch this clash of titans. “It is hard to tell numbers — but we are expecting a very large crowd,” said Seneca Valley’s Athletic Director Jesse Irvin. “People should purchase pre-sale tickets at either school during lunch Wednesday, Thursday or Friday this week to avoid a long wait.”
Irvin said that the gates to the field would be open at 5:00 pm on Friday to accommodate the expected large crowd. “We are opening both gates for the first time in at least seven years, so the people may park and enter on the tennis court side of the field,” said Irvin. He said they school has also provided additional bathrooms to accommodate the crowd. He suggested that folks going to the game plan to arrive early.
“I am really excited for the crowd on Friday,” said Seneca Valley Principal Marc Cohen. “I think it is going to be the best that Germantown has to offer. It will be a great night for football. Two great teams playing for home field advantage in the playoffs.
Cohen is anticipating somewhere near 4,000 to 5,000 people coming out on Friday night. “We have gone out of our way to make sure there is a great fan experience. There will be lots of folks selling concessions. It is Youth Night, so we have invited some youth football and cheering organizations to come and be a part of the game and be recognized on field. We have worked hard to make this a community event.”
While the school itself is making a lot of changes with the expectation of a large crowd, the teams are not concerned about playing in front of so many people.
“The good things is that we played Northwest in a large crowd earlier this year,” said Seneca Valley’s Head Coach Fred Kim. “Therefore, it will not be anything they haven’t seen this year. I am certain, the Northwest game had just about as many spectators as there will be for this game.”