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Gaithersburg Trojans Conquer Seneca Valley, 19-14

Despite all the lightning in the area the past two weeks, it wasn’t able to strike twice for the Seneca Valley varsity football team (1-1) as they dropped their Week 2 contest 19-14 at Gaithersburg (1-1) Saturday evening.

According to MoCoFootball.com, it is the first time that Gaithersburg has defeated Seneca Valley in since 2002. The two rivals have played 10 times since 2002 and Seneca Valley is 9-1. The Eagles are 26-11 all-time versus the Trojans. Last season, Seneca defeated Gaithersburg 42-2.

The game was originally scheduled for Friday evening, but was delayed and then postponed for the following evening as localized severe thunderstorms intensified all across the region.

Both teams started slowly Saturday evening, although they each had their chances in the first quarter.

The Trojans drove within the Screaming Eagles 10-yard line halfway through the quarter, but couldn’t find the end zone and missed their short field goal attempt.

Seneca Valley marched down the field with several runs of 10 or more yards, but were unable to convert a fourth-and-6 at the Gaithersburg 17-yard line right as the second quarter began.

The Trojans went three-and-out on their next drive and were forced to punt. Senior defensive back/wide receiver Mohammed Jalloh capitalized on the short punt, returning it all the way to the Trojans 10-yard line.

Seneca Valley finally got on the board as senior quarterback Mike Bassi ran it in himself with eight and a half minutes left in the half. The two-point conversion attempt was successful, giving Seneca Valley an 8-0 lead.