As Playoffs Approach, Both Germantown High Schools End Season with Wins
Germantown continues to be a hotbed for football, as both Germantown teams have plans of going deep into the playoffs in 2015.
The Northwest Jaguars completed their regular season with a 49-7 dubbing of Wootton while their counterparts from just up Great Seneca Highway ended their season with a sound 35 victory over Gaithersburg.
Both teams have locked up playoff berths in their respective divisions. The Jags ended the season with a 7-3 record, in third place in the 4A West, while the Seneca Valley Screaming Eagles ended with a 9-1 record, in third place in the 3A West.
On Friday night, the Eagles hosted a Gaithersburg Trojan team that was playing for a playoff spot. Had Gaithersburg won they’d be playoff bound, however, Seneca Valley’s defense was having none of that. The Eagles intercepted three Carlin Bason passes in the first half, to maintain ball possession.
The first was by senior cornerback Zae Wright on the Seneca goal line, which stopped a potential scoring threat early in the first quarter. In the second quarter, senior safety James Chase stepped in front of a Bason pass. That pick led to a Seneca Valley touchdown. Junior running back Adrian Feliz-Platt would power into the end zone from the 12-yard line to give the Eagles a 7-0 lead.
The next Gaithersburg possession would end the same way the last two did with a Bason pass ending in the hands of a Seneca Valley defensive back. Zae Wright would nab his second pick of the night. Seneca Valley would capitalize on the turnover with a 24-yard pass from Petey Gaskins to Cortez Lee Chase-Ervin to extend the lead to 13-0. The kick would fail due to a poor snap.
After halftime and a scoreless third quarter, Seneca Valley would extend their lead to 21-0 on the first play of the fourth quarter, on a one-yard touchdown run and a two-point conversion. Seneca would score twice more in the fourth; one was a 60-yard touchdown run by junior running back Darius Golston.
Meanwhile, a few blocks down Great Seneca Highway, the Jags were pounding the Wootton Patriots. The Jags got on the score board early with a 25-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Mark Pierce junior receiver Reggie Anderson.
After a goal-line stop early in the first quarter, Pierce would find Anderson again this time, for a 99-yard touchdown catch and run to put Northwest up 14-0. Pierce would throw his third TD pass to make it 21-0, this one a 25-yard strike to senior Ibrahim Konate to make it 21-0.
The Jags were not done, junior running back Khalil Owens would have add two, 1-yard touchdown runs to extend the lead to 35-0 with 4:26 remaining in the half.
Konate would strike again, this time from the defensive side, with an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown to extend the lead to 42-0. The scoring would end with a touchdown pass from junior quarterback Chris Craddock to Devin Vann to the Jags scoring 49-0. Wootton would manage to avoid the shutout late in the fourth quarter to make the final 49-7.
Next week marks the beginning of the playoffs. Northwest will travel to 9-1 Richard Montgomery on Friday night. The Rockets ended their season with a 30-14 victory over visiting 3-6 2A Randallstown. The Jags handed RM their only loss this season, a 29-12 loss at Northwest on Oct. 9.
Seneca Valley will travel to Frederick County powerhouse Linganore next Friday night. Linganore unbeaten, 10-0 and is coming off of a 35-0 victory over Urbana.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) scores the first touchdown of the game on a 15-yard run.
Next: The Screaming Eagles defense kept Gaithersburg from maintaining control of the ball for most of the first half. Senior cornerback James Chase (15) returns an interception that set up a touchdown.
Next: Darius Golston (32) had a 60-yard touchdown in the third quarter of the game. Here he pounds the ball up-field in the first quarter
Next: Northwest’s Ibrahim Konate (5) had two touchdowns in the Jags victory over Wootton. One a 25-yard touchdown reception and an 87-yard interception return for a touchdown. Photo by Mark Poetker
Next: Reggie Anderson (1) scored two Jags touchdowns early in the game. Photo by Mark Poetker.
Photos by Germantown Pulse.