Seneca Valley Stunned by Magruder, Northwest Rolls Over Churchill, & Clarksburg Buzzed by the Ho
For the second week in a row, the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles lost. That has only happened 13 times in 43-year history of Seneca Valley football. The Eagles drop to 3-3 on the season after the stunning 18-15 road loss to Magruder on Friday
Meanwhile, Northwest got back on the winning with a 48-21 dismantling of Churchill, thanks to a 35 point second quarter. And Clarksburg was the latest victim of the Damascus juggernaut, falling to the two-time defending state champs 42-0 in the Canyon.
More on the Clarksburg loss and Northwest victory later in the article, the big news which has rocked the MoCo football world is what some are calling a programing changing win by the Magruder Colonels.
Magruder came into the game 1-3 after a 41-0 victory over Northwood, while the 3-2 Eagles were coming off a surprising 31-6 defeat at the hands of Blake last week.
The Eagles got on the board first with an interception for a touchdown midway through the first quarter, but the Colonels answered back with a drive highlighted by a 34 yard run by junior Rashaud Claggett. The drive was capped off by a 15-yard touchdown run by sophomore Mason David. The first half ended with both teams tied at six points.
Magruder took the second half kickoff and drove for a touchdown, taking the lead on the 27-yard touchdown pass from Claggett to senior Jermanie Douglas to give the Colonels a 12-6 lead. Seneca would answer with a drive of their own, capped with a 29-yard touchdown pass from Michael Kapneck, and an extra point kick to take the lead 13-12 near the end of the third quarter.
The Colonels would take the lead back early in the fourth quarter on a three-yard touchdown pass from Claggett to junior Nasair White. Magruder led 18-13. Seneca would have a 70-yard touchdown pass called back later in the quarter and would fail to find the endzone again.
With less than a minute remaining, Magruder called the Safe Safety Play and ran the ball backward 47 yards to their own endzone for a safety, giving Seneca two points but running out the clock and leaving just one second remaining. The final would see Magruder beating Seneca Valley 18-15. It is the Colonels first win over Seneca in since 1989.
Seneca Valley will travel to play a dangerous 3-3 Poolesville team next Friday. The Falcons are coming off a 46-6 victory over Rockville on Friday night. Aside from a bad 42-0 beating from Damascus on September 28, the Falcons other two losses are by a total of three points, a 27-26 overtime loss to Walter Johnson in week one, and a 14-12 loss to Blake on September 22.
Craddock’s Four TDs Lets Northwest Tame the Bulldogs, 48-21. After a humbling loss to Good Counsel last week, the Northwest Jaguars were ready to get back to winning as the Churchill Bulldogs came into the Black Hole at Northwest on Friday night. Churchill was riding a three-game winning streak.
Early on the Bulldogs shows that winning spirit. After their first drive stalled, the Bulldogs lined up for a punt, but a bad snap resulted in Northwest getting great field position and scoring two plays later on a QB keeper from the one-yard line by the Jags’ Chris Craddock. It would be the first of four touchdown plays, one rushing and three passing, which Craddock would be involved in during Friday’s game.
The Bulldogs second possession would result in a punt. Craddock and Northwest would drive down the field, but an ill-advised pass would be intercepted in the endzone by Churchill’s junior defensive back Darius Reed. He would run the ball out of the endzone to the seven-yard line. Churchill would march down the field with passes from the junior quarterback Michael Janis. The drive ended with a 15-yard sweep by senior running back Isaac Lewis to tie the game at 7-7 at the end of the 1st quarter.
In the second quarter, it was all Jags. Northwest would explode for 35 points in the second quarter to take a 42-7 halftime lead.
The scoring got started thanks to a 52 yard run from Juwon Fari, which set up a 23-yard pass from Craddock to junior Andrew Howard.
The Jags would score four touchdowns in the final three minutes of the half.
The scoring blitz would begin with a 70-yard touchdown pass and run from Craddock to senior receiver Norval Black to take a 21-7 lead with 2:40 left in the first half. The Jags would add to their lead a few seconds later with senior running back Rob McNamee would score on a 27-yard touchdown run.
The Jags would find the endzone again on a 69-yard touchdown pass from Craddock to Juwon Fari, and then again seconds later on Craddock’s 23-yard scoring strike to senior Alphonso Foray to take a 42-7 lead into halftime.
The Jags would continue the scoring blitz after halftime, as Fari would return the second-half kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown to cap the Jags scoring at 48 points. Churchill would show heart by coming back and scoring two late touchdowns to make the final score 48-21.
The Jags are now 5-1 on the season and will host 4-2 Richard Montgomery next week. The Rockets are coming off a 28-14 victory over Whitman last week. They have lost to Paint Branch 21-9 back on September 8 and Sherwood 42-18 back on September 22.
Damascus Hornets Buzz Coyotes, 42-0 Posting 47th Straight Victory.
After defeating Gaithersburg last week, the Coyotes knew they were in for real test as the unbeaten, two-time defending champs invaded the Canyon this week.
The Swarmin’ Hornets wasted no time. They scored six times in the first half. The first was a 20 yard run by senior running back Gage Dickens. The Hornets would score three more in the final 3:40 seconds of the first quarter.
Damascus’ junior running back TD Ayo-durojaiye would score to make it 21-0 and Michael O’Neil would score another to make it 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Clarksburg luck didn’t get any better with the change of quarter, as the first play of the second quarter resulted in an interception returned for Damascus touchdown to extend the lead to 35-0.
The Hornets would add to their lead and cap the scoring with a 27-yard pass from senior quarterback John Allan Furgeson to fellow senior Sidney Fehlinger to make the final 42-0.
The unbeaten Hornets will host 3-3 Watkins Mill next week. The Coyotes fall to 2-4 and will be on the road at 2-4 Wheaton. The Knights are coming off a 17-0 victory over Gaithersburg on Friday. Next week’s game will be played at Richard Montgomery at 7:00 pm.
Top: Northwest’s Juwon Fari (1) returns the second half-kickoff during Friday night’s 48-21 victory over Churchill. Photo by Germantown Pulse.
Next: Seneca Valley fell to Magruder for the first time since 1989. File Photo by Germantown Pulse.
Video: During the first quarter it looked like the Bulldogs would be able to provide competition for the Jags. Photo by Germantown Pulse
Next: The Jags’ Alphonso Foray (2) catches a pass and runs it into the endzone to extend the Northwest lead.
Video: The Jags exploded for points in the second quarter including a 70-yard touchdown catch and run by Norval Black (3). Photo by Germantown Pulse
Next: The Northwest Jaguar defense held the Churchill offense to just seven points in the first half. Photo by Germantown Pulse.
Next: The Coyotes' Steven Shifflett (7) looks for an opening during a kick-off return. Photo by Kim Grimes for Germantown Pulse.
Next: The Hornets' Michael O'Neil (34) goes beyond the reach of Clarksburg's Casey McKinney (19) and Tyler Wilder (41) to score Damascus's third touchdown. Photo by Kim Grimes for Germantown Pulse.
Next: The Coyotes' Dejon Robinson (61) and Bryant Evans (53) attempt to cut short the run by Damascus's Dontay Roland (23). Photo by Kim Grimes for Germantown Pulse.