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Even After Last Season's Postseason Run, Seneca Valley Still Likes Underdog Status

Coming off of a one-win season in 2013-2014, last year’s 12-5 Seneca Valley team was the surprise team representing Montgomery County in the Regional Finals against Linganore in March. A young team returning most of their starters, should be considered a target, but second-year head coach Brian Humphries disagrees.

“We will be considered underdogs in our first several games of the season with our difficult schedule this year, so the underdog tag still works for us,” said Humphrey. “And we like our guys to play with a chip on their shoulder.”

Indeed, Seneca opens the season against some of the best team in the County last season. They open on the road against Bethesda-Chevy Chase, who finished the year 20-5, host three games against; Springbrook who ended the 2014-2015 campaign at 19-4; followed by 12-12 Sherwood, 9-13 Rockville. Seneca is back on the road for 14-10 Wheaton.

“Our schedule this year is very difficult,” according to Humphrey, “but we teach our guys to focus on what they can control, which is the next game on the schedule. The most important thing is that we continue to improve throughout the season, so we are playing our best heading into playoffs.”

The second half of the schedule sees the Screaming Eagles playing local rivals more than last year, including Northwest and Damascus. “The local rivalries are always fun for the fans,” said Humphrey. “But, I also coached at Damascus for eight seasons, so that is always a big game for me as well.”