Seneca Valley Ends an Amazing Era with a Win as Football was Played in Death Valley for the Last Tim
“Getting a win tonight was monumental,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim after his team beat the Blake Bengals in the last football game played on “The Green Carpet on Death Valley.”
The Screamin’ Eagles won 42-14, as senior running back Adrian Platt started the scoring with a 60-yard touchdown run, in which he seemed to fake out each individual Blake defender on his way to the endzone. Platt run for 251 yards and would score four more touchdowns to bring his total for the season to 38.
The Bengals came into Death Valley with a 4-3 record, and they ran into a team and school running high on emotion, and on a mission to win at all costs.
Many alumni returned to Seneca for the final game at Screamin’ Eagles Stadium, the hallowed ground which over 41 seasons saw the home team win 197 times, for a winning percentage of 82.4. The field that hosted 41 playoff games, of which Seneca won 23, on the way to winning 12 State Championships — the most of any team in Maryland.
“I was feeling the heat a little bit,” said Kim. “Blake is a good football team. Blake was not going to lay down for us because it was a special night. There was a lot of buzz, and a lot of alumni came back to watch this game. Guys came back from every decade. Almost every State Championship team was represented among the alumni. It was very important for us to get this win.”
The Screamin’ Eagles were wearing throwback uniforms to the 1987 State Championship team. Head Coach Fred Kim said he wanted his team to wear those uniforms to close out football at Death Valley. He wanted the team to wear the gold jersey with green numbers, in the old porthole-mesh style, with white pants, and white socks because that was the uniform he wore in 1987 when he won the state title.