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Watkins Mill Defeats Seneca Valley, 32-12

Seneca Valley, long known as one of the most accomplished football programs in the state, sees its season-long struggles continue as the Screaming Eagles recorded their third straight loss, 32-12, to Watkins Mill in Montgomery Village Friday night.

The Wolverines (3-1) had never beaten the Screaming Eagles (1-3), nor had the Screaming Eagles ever suffered three consecutive losses. By contrast, last year’s meeting was a 42-14 rout for the Screaming Eagles.

“We’re underachieving. It’s horrific,” Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim said. “It’s probably the worst start [to a season] in Seneca Valley history.”

The start of the game mirrored the start of the season for Seneca Valley, as its offense fizzled out and was forced to punt on all five of their first-half possessions.

Both teams were called for several penalties throughout the game. However, Seneca Valley’s offense easily had the lion’s share of illegal procedure and false start penalties, which has been a recurring problem in every game this season.

“I don’t understand why we have so many penalties,” Kim said. “I don’t get it. Those are drive-killers; it just destroys us.”

A short punt to the Screaming Eagles 29-yard line gave the Wolverines excellent field position for their opening possession in the first quarter. Senior quarterback Luke Elenga drove the Wolverines all the way down to the two-yard line, but sacks on second and fourth downs by the Screaming Eagle defense kept the Wolverines off the scoreboard midway through the first quarter.