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Expanding Playoffs and Populations Puts the King’s Trophy Game on Hiatus for Two Years



It is perhaps the most highly anticipated day in Germantown, the King’s Trophy Game between rivals Seneca Valley and Northwest high schools — but it won’t take place for two years.

The annual high school football game between the Germantown football powers will take a two-year hiatus, due to the planned expansion of the Maryland state high school playoff system and the growing student population at Northwest High School.

The game between the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles and the Northwest Jaguars has been played every year since the first year Northwest fielded a team in 1999. It is one of the few regular-season high school football games that awards a trophy to the winner. The King’s Trophy allows the winner to have bragging rights to call themselves kings of Germantown.


There is a reason they call it the King’s Trophy. The two schools hold 15 Maryland State Championship titles between them since 1976. Seneca Valley holds 12 championships, while Northwest holds three. That works out to a state championship football team, on average, every three years.

In the head-to-head match-up for the King’s Trophy, Seneca Valley holds an 11-9 record over their cross-town rivals, but the Jags have won the last two meetings.

The elimination of the King’s Trophy Game comes at a time when Seneca Valley High School and its football program are in a time of rebuilding. In the case of the school, the rebuilding is very literal, as a new school building is being constructed on the school grounds as the old building continues to function. However, no football games have been played at Seneca in two seasons, and the Eagles will not play home games until the new stadium opens in 2021. All Seneca Valley “home” football games are being played at Gaithersburg High School.

Last year, the Eagles posted a record of 2-8, the worst in school history, and longtime football coach and Seneca alumnus Fred Kim was dismissed after 35 years of coaching football in some capacity at Seneca Valley.