Seneca Valley Wins Rumble with the ‘Rines
Seneca Valley once again cruised to an easy victory as they dispatched their neighbor to the northeast, the 3-2 Watkins Mill Wolverines 42-21, on the strength of senior running back phenom Adrian Platt.
Fresh off his record-setting nine touchdown performance last week, Platt ran for four touchdowns in the first half. However, even if Seneca Head Coach Fred Kim wanted to rest Platt, fate conspired to keep the Platt in the game.
Seneca marched the ball down the field on their opening drive with a combination of runs from Platt, roll outs by quarterback Zack Robinson, and pounding runs by senior change-of-pace back Darius Golston. When the Screaming Eagles moved to the Watkins Mill 10-yard line, Golston ran the ball to the endzone but was injured on a clean hit by Wims Daquan.
The touchdown put Seneca Valley up 7-0 early in the first quarter.
It looked like Golston’s left knee hyperextended on the touchdown run. The hit took Golston out of the game. He was able to walk off the field with assistance, and seen walking gingerly on the sideline, but was later carted from the Seneca Valley sideline to go for medical treatment.
With Golston out, it left a Coach Kim with a clear choice to keep Adrian Platt in the game. Platt would get on the board with a 21-yard scamper to the outside to extend the lead to 13-0. The kick failed. The score was set up by a 53-yard Platt run to put the Eagles in scoring position.
Watkins Mill’s big quarterback senior Markel Grant would put the ‘Rines on the board with a one-yard stretch for a touchdown to cut the lead to 13-7.
It would be the Adrian Platt show from there on in the first half. The Maryland State record holder would run for a 55-yard touchdown to extend the lead to 21-7 with 8:21 in the first-half. He would score twice in the final three minutes of the first half, the first on a 76-yard touchdown run to make it 28-7. He would tack on another to send the Eagles into halftime up 35-7.
The Wolverines would score twice more in the second half, but Seneca would find the endzone again for a final of 42-21.
Next Friday the Eagles will host the 2-3 Wheaton Knights, who play Kennedy on Saturday, Oct. 8. The 3-3 Wolverines will host 1-5 Rockville next Friday. The Rams are coming off a 28-22 loss to Wootton.
Top: Senior running back Adrian Platt (7) scored four touchdowns in the first half of Seneca Valley’s 42-21 victory over Watkins Mill on Friday night.
Video: Senior Darius Golston (32) scores the first touchdown of the night but is injured on the play. He would leave the game and not return.
Next: Darius Golston (32) runs for the first touchdown on Seneca’s opening drive.
Next: Watkins Mill’s senior quarterback Markel Grant (8) would stretch his tall frame to extend the ball over the goal line for a one-yard touchdown.
Video: Adrian Platt (7) runs for a 21-yard touchdown run to extend the Seneca lead.
Next: Seneca Valley defender Roman Roberson (57) chases Watkins Mill quarterback Markel Grant (8).
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