Seneca Valley Bookends Worst Season in History with Victories
There’s no denying it — 2018 has not been a good year for Seneca Valley varsity football.
Finishing the season 2-8, the Screaming Eagles two wins acted as bookends to a volume of games that most would to let sit on the shelf untouched for many years, and not re-visit. Seneca's last win came in the season opener against Rockville.
The Eagles not only failed to improve on their 6-4 mark from the previous year but also posted the worst win-loss record in program history.
Seneca Valley did manage to end its 2018 campaign on a high note, as the team dominated Wheaton (2-8) 48-12 at a rainy John Harvill Stadium in Gaithersburg Friday night.
"We wanted this to be a good solid victory, a dominating victory for us,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim. “My big emphasis was to get everyone in, and they didn’t quit, and they were still there the whole time. I was just so disappointed and disheartened for this senior class that they had to deal with something like this in their final year of football. They're great kids; I have tremendous respect for those kids that have stuck around through the tough times and finished strong."
“There are some exceptional young men in that senior class that unfortunately grew up and watched Seneca Valley's successes, and were not able to be part of that their senior year. Ending on a winning note was paramount for those guys."
The game, which was senior night for the Screaming Eagles, saw both teams combine for five touchdowns within a 72-second span in the second quarter.
Seneca Valley started the game slowly, punting on its opening possession, but got the ball back quickly as senior defensive back Mohammed Jalloh intercepted quarterback Olivier Zagadou with eight minutes to play in the first quarter.
Deep in their own territory, the Screaming Eagles drove downfield with the help of several big runs by sophomore running back Alex Holmes, who capped off the drive with a 5-yard run to put his team up 7-0 with five minutes to go.
After another Wheaton punt, Seneca Valley opened the second quarter faced with a fourth-and-1 at the Wheaton 42-yard line. Seneca Valley would convert it, and Holmes would eventually punch it in from the 1-yard line to make it 14-0 with just over nine minutes left in the half.
Jalloh would get his second interception of the day on the Knights’ next possession, returning it all the way to the Knights’ 13-yard line. That set up a 13-yard score by Holmes on the Screaming Eagles’ next play to make it 20-0 at the 6:09 mark.
Wheaton immediately responded just 15 seconds later with a long kickoff return to