It wasn’t pretty, and the weather conditions hampered both teams, but for the first time ever, the Poolesville Falcons defeated the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles during a driving rainstorm on Thursday night in Gaithersburg.
As the remnants of what was Hurricane Michael rained down, both teams struggled to get the ball into the end zone. The Falcons took advantage of Seneca Valley miscues to take a late lead and bring home the programs first win beating the storied Screamin’ Eagles 10-7.
Seneca Valley struck first late in the second quarter, as sophomore quarterback Don Coleman ran for a three-yard touchdown in the final 30 seconds of the first half.
Both teams had threatened to score earlier but were turned away by defensive stops. Things turned around when back-to-back turnovers gave Seneca Valley the ball in the final three minutes of the half.
The sequence started with a pass interception by Poolesville’s Nick Beaton. On the next play, Seneca Valley got the ball back as linebacker Neil Prescott intercepted a pass. The Eagles would capitalize on the opportunity by driving the ball down to the three-yard line thanks to a couple of long runs by sophomore running back Alex Holmes. Seneca would score on Coleman’s touchdown run to take a 7-0 lead into halftime.
After a lightning delay of about 30 mins, the teams return for the second half. Poolesville would use their running game and junior Colin Hemingway to advance the ball deep into Seneca territory, but the Eagles defense would end the threat at their own 12-yard line.
However, the Falcons’ defense would force a fumble, which was picked up by Hemingway playing linebacker, who would return the ball to the end zone to even the game at 7-7 with 5:34 left in the third quarter.
Both teams would trade possessions until Poolesville’s special teams would come up with a blocked punt which would be recovered at the Seneca Valley 22 yard line. The Falcons kicker Xavier Kresslein would kick the game-winning field goal with 10:12 remaining in the game, to put Poolesville up 10-7.
With the win, Poolesville improves to 3-4 on the season, under the program’s first-year head coach and former Northwest offensive coordinator Justin Sickeri. Next week they will host 5-1 Watkins Mill who is hosting 6-0 Damascus on Friday night in Montgomery Village.
The loss moves the Eagles to 1-6 on the season, and are in danger of eclipsing the worst record in school history the 4-6 season in 2000. To tie that, Seneca Valley would have to win the all three remaining games on the schedule. A tall order considering, Seneca will travel to play 5-1 Churchill next week, (Churchill is at Blake this Friday) and be on the road again for unbeaten Damascus at (at Watkins Mill this Friday) the following week, before ending the season with a “home” game against Wheaton (at Clarksburg on Friday) in Gaithersburg on Nov. 2.
Top: Poolesville’s Colin Hemingway (16) scooped up a fumble and returned it for a touchdown to tie Thursday’s game against Seneca Valley at 7-7 in the third quarter.
Next: Seneca Valley and Poolesville met on Thursday night as the remnants of what was Hurricane Michael rained down on John Harvill Stadium at Gaithersburg High School.
Next: Seneca Valley’s sophomore quarterback Don Coleman (11) leaps into the end zone to give the Screamin’ Eagles a 7-0 lead in the final minute of a rain-soaked first half.
Photos by Germantown Pulse