Seneca Valley’s Adrian Feliz-Platt turned in what could arguably be the best game in the storied history of Seneca Valley High School football on Friday night against Churchill.
Platt ran for 363 yards on just 15 carries to break the school’s single-game rushing record. On his way to 363 yards, he scored six touchdowns to break Seneca Valley’s single game touchdown record. He also had a drive ending sack while playing linebacker, as the Screaming Eagles pounded Churchill 56 to 22, to improve their record to 2-1.
According to Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim, Platt may have broken the career rushing record for a running back at Seneca Valley held for ten years by Shawn Perry, who set the record at the end of his senior year in 2006.
But according to Platt, he didn’t really do much. “To be honest, it wasn’t me. It was my linemen,” said Platt after the game. “They stepped up. I didn’t have to do anything. All those touchdowns were because they were giving me big holes.”
“The guy is incredible,” said Kim. “It makes calling the offense a lot easier when you have a guy like him.”
While Platt scored six, he didn’t start the scoring for Seneca Valley. The first touchdown as a 20 pass from senior quarterback Zack Robinson to wide out Dawayne Kelley on fourth down.
The second Seneca Valley touchdown was set up by an interception. Churchill’s sophomore quarterback Michael Janis was hurried into throwing a bad pass by Seneca’s Ibrahim Kouyate. Seneca’s Manassah Joaquin made a leaping stab and pulled the ball out of the air for an interception.
Platt would score the first of his record-breaking six touchdowns on the ensuing drive to put the Screaming Eagles up 14-0 early in the first quarter.
Churchill would come back with a nice drive capped with a touchdown run by senior running back Nathan Deychman to pull the Bulldogs to 14-7.
But the night belonged to Platt and the Eagles. Platt would score five more rushing touchdowns, with three rushes of more than 60 yards.
One of the reasons that Platt got the ball so often on Friday night was his partner in crime, senior running back Darius Golston went down early in the second half with a strained leg muscle, according to Kim. “With Darius out, we went to Adrian a bit more, and it was lights out. At the beginning of the year, Adrian tweaked his hammy and against Poolesville and last week against Northwest he didn’t look like himself. He still had 160 yards in both games, but tonight he looked like himself. He was taking off with fresh legs and running for daylight.”
Coach Kim also credited the young Seneca Valley offensive line, which returned no starters from last year. “The O-line blocked their butts. I told Adrian that he had to buy pizza from those guys because they blocked their butts off. Adrian doesn’t do it by himself.”
The Seneca Valley offensive line is made up of four juniors; Julian Romero, Ibrahim Kouyate, Manassah Joaquin, Marco Cedillo, and Roman Robinson, and one senior Olawale Layeni.
“They just stepped up,” said Platt. “They are all new. We didn’t return any starters on the offensive line this year. Most of them play both defense too, and they are still able to create big ho les for us.”
Seneca Valley’s final touchdown was scored on a short run up the middle by junior Joel Wilson to make the final score 56-22.
Top: Adrian Feliz-Platt (7) ran for 363 yards and six touchdowns on 15 carries to beat Churchill on Friday night.
Next: Platt scores his second touchdown on a one-yard run up the middle to put the Eagles up 21-7.
Next: Seneca Valley’s defense held Churchill to just 7 points in the first half. Mohamed Jalloh (18) takes down Churchill’s Henry Njumbe (8) after a pass from Michael Janis.
Next: Seneca’s final touchdown came on a run by junior Joel Wilson (9).
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