Seneca Valley attacked the Trojans through the air, on the ground, and on special teams, Friday night as the Screamin’ Eagles “hosted” Gaithersburg at the Eagles home-away-from-home for the next four seasons, John Harvill Stadium at Gaithersburg High School.
The game was Seneca Valley’s first “home game” at their temporary stadium in Gaithersburg as a new high school will be built in Germantown over the next four years. Since a quirk of the schedule had Gaithersburg as the visitors in their own stadium, the Eagles allowed Gaithersburg players and fans to stay on the traditional home side, while Seneca fans, who came out in full support, packed the traditional visitor’s stands.
And Eagles fans saw quite a show as Seneca’s junior running back Semaj Meannu scored three times, including a 55-yard running touchdown to open the scoring on the Eagle’s second play from scrimmage. He racked up 158 rushing yards and scored his third touchdown late in the game while dragging a Gaithersburg defender into the endzone.
Seneca Valley’s defense held Gaithersburg to less than 200 yards total offense and did not allow Gaithersburg to score an offensive point. Gaithersburg’s only points came on a fumble of Seneca’s quarterback senior quarterback Michael Kapneck, Jr. While Seneca recovered the fumble, it was covered in the endzone giving the Trojans their only points of the contest.
The Eagles had 329-yards total offense, 175 on the ground and 154 in the air. Despite the fumble, Kapneck, Jr. had a good game. He threw two touchdowns and orchestrated an 80-yard drive for a touchdown with just 45 seconds remaining in the half. Kapneck threw a 55-yard pass to Derell Beckett-Sims to set up a six-yard touchdown pass to Harold Dotson.
Earlier in the first quarter, Dotson got his first TD of the game, as the Seneca defense stopped a Gaithersburg drive at the 15-yard line, thanks to helmet loosening hit on Gaithersburg's Sidrick Ofori by senior Julian Romero. The Trojans set up for a field goal which was blocked by Seneca and picked up by Dotson who ran 85 yards to give the Eagles a 14-0 lead.
Kapneck would later score another touchdown on a pass to Beckett-Sims, who finished the game with 114 yards receiving on three catches.
The Eagles will travel down Seneca Valley to face cross-town rivals Northwest in the annual Battle for the King’s Trophy. The Jags are the current keepers of the King’s Trophy after last year’s 35-23 knock-down drag-out back-and-forth game. The Eagles hope to reclaim the King’s Trophy from the Jags, who destroyed Walter Johnson 48-14 on Friday.
Top: Seneca Valley’s Julian Romero (55) clocks Gaithersburg running back Sidrick Ofori (6) and knocks his helmet off. Ofori was unhurt and continued to play.
Next: The Eagles Semaj Meannu (20) ran for three touchdowns including this 56-yard run on the second play from scrimmage.
Next: Seneca’s defense led by Romero (55), Neil Prescott (23), and Mohammad Jolla (29) held the Gaithersburg offense scoreless.
Next: Seneca Valley’s senior quarterback Michael Kapneck Jr. (6) threw for 154 yards and two touchdowns.
Next: This catch of a Kapneck pass by senior Derell Beckett-Sims (31) with 15 seconds remaining in the first half set up Kapneck’s first touchdown pass and allowed the Eagles to take a 21-2 lead into halftime.
Next: Senior Harold Dotson (11) scores his second touchdown of the night on a pass from Kapneck with 7 seconds left in the first half.
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