Damascus Crushes Seneca Valley in Rematch to Advance to 3A State Semi-Finals
The opening kickoff set the tone for the entire game for Seneca Valley. Damascus won the coin flip and deferred opting to get the ball in the second half. The kick was short and instead of going deep to one of the return men it was handled, or mishandled by an up-back. While Seneca Valley was able to recover the fumble, it was a harbinger of things to come.
A game in which Seneca Valley hoped for redemption ended with a blowout 45-3 loss to a bitter rival. Damascus’ superstar senior running back Jake Funk would go on a tear and score four touchdowns to advance the Swarmin’ Hornets to the Maryland State Semi-Final game next week.
The Screaming Eagles had a difficult time handling on the ball all night long. There were muffed kickoff returns, bad snaps, bad handoffs, passes that should have been caught but fell to the ground. It was, as Head Coach Fred Kim said after the game, “really frustrating.”
“For whatever reason we just couldn’t execute,” said Kim, who team finishes the 2015 season with a record of 11-2, with both losses at the hands of Damascus. “We thought we were in a position to make some plays. We just couldn’t execute for whatever reason. The ball just didn’t roll our way. We were mishandling snaps or mishandling the ball, or not completing the pass.”
For Damascus, it was a game in which everything went right. The Hornet defense contained the Seneca Valley offense and allowed Funk and the offense to operate from a short field for most of the game.
The mishaps put Seneca Valley in poor field position all game or left Damascus in great field position.