he Screaming Eagles of Seneca Valley traveled to Poolesville for their 2016 season opener feeling pretty confident on the 20-minute ride. The Eagles knew they had recent history on their side — in last season’s opener Seneca dismantled Poolesville 41-13. They also knew that their dynamic duo of a backfield, of Adrian Feliz-Platt and Darius Golston, were back for their senior season, with the return of senior quarterback Zack Robinson.
While Robinson was the starting quarterback two years, (he is returning from a knee injury), the Eagles had just one other offensive starter returning this year, and just two starters back on the defense, so there may have been some trepidation before the first crack of pads on Friday night.
That shadow of doubt grew darker as Seneca failed to score on its first drive after moving the ball down to the Poolesville five-yard line on three runs by Feliz-Platt and Golston. A false start penalty moved the Eagles back to the 10-yard line and brought up 2nd and goal. Seneca tried a pass which was incomplete. A second pass from Zack Robinson was broken up by Poolesville’s senior safety, Colin Fisher.
It would be Fisher again on the stop after Robinson was flushed out of the pocket on fourth and goal. And Seneca Valley’s first drive would end with the Eagles turning the ball over on downs.
The Seneca Valley defense would force the Poolesville offense to punt after three plays for the second consecutive drive. Seneca would force the Falcons to punt from their own endzone and set Feliz-Platt and Golston up in great field position for their second drive of the game.
The Eagles would take over at the Poolesville 27 yard-line. Feliz-Platt would get the first of his two touchdowns on a seven-yard run to put Seneca Valley on the board. The extra point was good to give the Screaming Eagles a 7-0 lead with 3:29 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
Getting the points on the board seemed to get the jitters and doubts out of the Seneca offense as they put another six points on the board with an 18-yard run by Golston with just 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The point-after attempt failed.
Poolesville would get on the board after junior running back Connell Obermann ran for a seven-yard touchdown with 4:29 left in the half.
But the Seneca Valley offense had found its groove and would score three times in the final 4:12 of the first half, with a spectacular late summer Maryland sunset as the backdrop.
After Seneca’s Lance Wilson stepped in front of a Daniel Cho pass to set up the Eagles in good field position again. Golston would snap off a 28-yard touchdown run for his second score of the game, which was followed by a two-point conversion as Robinson hooked with Harold Dotson on a pass over the middle to extend the lead to 21-7.
Seneca Valley would score again on a pass and catch, as Dotson grabbed a throw from Robinson and scampered 20 yards to extend the lead to 27-7 with just:53 remaining in the half.
But the Screaming Eagles were not done yet. The defense held Poolesville to another three-and-out and forced the Falcons to punt from their own endzone again. The short punt gave Seneca Valley good field position.
Robinson would throw a 20-yard pass to the corner of the endzone and Dotson would go up and grab it for his second touchdown of the game. Seneca Valley would take a 35-7 lead into halftime.
In the second half, the Eagles would score again as Feliz-Platt rambled 31 yards for his second touchdown of the game to extend the lead to 42-7.
However, there was no quit in the Falcons as they scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. After forcing Seneca to punt, Poolesville’s Michael McDonald would grab a blocked punt and return it to score with 7:12 seconds remaining in the game.
The Falcons would score again as Poolesville’s Ethan Gaddis would throw a four-yard touchdown pass to Colin Fisher to cut the Seneca lead to 42-20 in the waning minutes of the game.
Next week the Poolesville Falcons will travel to Westminster to face the Winters Mill Falcons in Carroll County, who defeated Patterson Mill High School Friday night 25-7 for their second win in as many years.
Seneca Valley, on the other hand, will attempt to defend their title as the Kings of Germantown as they host cross-town rival Northwest next Friday night. Northwest defeated Gaithersburg 27-6 on Friday night. Last year, Seneca Valley beat Northwest 14-7 to win the Kings Trophy.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) runs away from Poolesville defenders. He would score twice in the Screaming Eagles 42-20 victory.
Next: Seneca’s Darius Golston (32) scores the first of his two touchdowns in Friday night’s victory of Poolesville.
Next: Poolesville’s Connell Obermann (11) scores in the second quarter of Friday’s game to cut the Seneca Valley lead to 13-7.
Next: As the sun sets behind him, Seneca Valley’s quarterback Zack Robinson (5) prepares to throw his first of two touchdown passes to Harold Dotson.
Next: Seneca Valley’s Harold Dotson (11) scampers to the endzone after catching a Zack Robinson pass to put the Eagles up 27-7.
Video: As the late summer sunset continues to blaze over Poolesville High School, Seneca Valley’s quarterback Zack Robinson throws a long pass and to Harold Dotson who goes up and makes the grab in the endzone to give the Screaming Eagles a 35-7 lead at halftime.
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