While it wasn’t exactly like Homecoming for Seneca Valley playing at Gaithesburg High School on Thursday night, it felt like the Eagles had returned to form as they beat Churchill 40-10 thanks in large part to quarterback Michael Kapneck’s arm and Harold Dotson’s four touchdowns.
Kapneck, the senior quarterback, had a career night at Homecoming, hitting 13 of 18 passes, and throwing for 223 yards for three touchdowns, and no turnovers.
All three of Kapneck’s passes were to senior wide-out/cornerback Harold Dotson, who also had a fourth touchdown, this one running the ball out of the back field.
The Eagles were coming off a hard-fought win over Poolesville last week, and were on a short week because of the Thursday night game, due to sharing the stadium with Gaithersburg because of the construction at Seneca Valley.
The short week didn’t seem to bother Seneca as they pulled out to 6-3 lead at the end of the first quarter thanks to a rushing touchdown from Semaj Meannu. He would finish with 62 yards on 12 carries, and the touchdown.
In the second quarter Seneca Valley would pull away from the Bulldogs, who came into Thursday’s game at 3-4, thanks to three quick touchdowns. Kapneck would throw the first of this three TD passes, this one to junior Manasseh Joaquin to extend the lead to 13-3.
The Eagles got the ball back thanks to a Dotson interception and Kapneck would handoff to Dotson who scampered around on sweep from the Churchill five-yard line and then cut up into the endzone to extend the lead to 20-3.
Another turnover would give Kapneck and the Eagles the ball at midfield. The senior quarterback would find Dotson on a slant pass, and the senior wide-out would shake a couple Churchill defenders and weave his way 43 yards for his second touchdown. Seneca Valley led 26-3 with less than two minutes to play.
On the next drive, Churchill quarterback Michael Janis would throw his third interception, this one picked off by Joaquin. The turnover would lead to Kapneck and the Eagles getting downfield on a nice pass and catch to junior receiver Jamal Snowden, who would finish the game with four catches for 97 yards.
The Snowden catch set up Dotson’s third touchdown. Kapneck would freeze the defenders with a play-action fake handoff and find Dotson on the slant in the endzone to extend the lead to 33-3 seconds before halftime.
Dotson and Kapneck would end the Seneca scoring in the third with a 25-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 40-3 in the third quarter.
Churchill would score in the fourth quarter on a quarterback sweep from Michael Janis to cut the lead to 40-10. Churchill will host 1-6 Frederick High School next Friday.
With the win, Seneca Valley improves to 5-3 and will travel to face 7-0 Damascus next week. The Swarmin’ Hornets are riding a 48 game win streak and will play 2-5 Walter Johnson on Friday night.
Top: Harold Dotson (11) catches a touchdown pass from Michael Kapneck. Dotson scored four TDs in Thursday’s 40-10 win over Churchill.
Video: A huge second quarter allowed the Eagles to pull away from the Bulldogs.
Next: Senior quarterback Michael Kapneck (6) threw for a career high 223 yards and three touchdowns.
Next: Running back Semaj Meannu (20) scored in the first quarter.
Next: Junior Manasseh Joaquin (10) catches a Michael Kapneck pass in the endzone.
Next: Sophomore Elijah Hyson (25) and junior Demontae Nolan-Brunson (26) sack Churchill quarterback Michael Janis (7).
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