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New Seneca Valley Football Coach is No Stranger to Germantown

When Justin Sickeri accepted the job to take over as head football coach at the most historically successful high school football program in Maryland, he knew that he was stepping into more than a coaching job.

On Wednesday night, Seneca Valley High School’s Athletic Director, Jesse Irvin, announced that Justin Sickeri would be the new Screaming Eagles head coach for the 2019 season. Sickeri was spent six years as offensive coordinator with cross-town rival Northwest High School, and most recently, spent one year as head coach at Poolesville High School.

“I know this not just another coaching job,” said Sickeri, “There is so much history here — so much football history — and the thought of not just being a part of that history but having the opportunity to turn the program around, and the excitement associated with the brand new school being built make this an amazing opportunity.”

Sickeri, currently a teacher at Poolesville High school, spent last season as the Falcons Head football coach, after spending the previous six at Northwest High School. While at Northwest, he helped guide the Jaguars to back to back State Championships in 2014 and 2015.

This will, of course, bring another element to the great King’s Trophy Game, the cross-town rivalry between the Germantown Schools. While the game is taking a hiatus for two years due to a change in State playoff format, Sickeri said he hopes to have the Eagles ready to take the crown back for the Jaguars in 2021. “Coach Neubeiser, at Northwest, is already calling me a ‘frenemy,” joked Sickeri.

For the next two years, Seneca Valley will be playing an Independent schedule, and not be associated with a specific division or region, according to Irvin. The new coach will be playing a nine-game schedule that includes three non-county games in 2019. The Screaming Eagles will open with Watkins Mill, followed by games against Magruder, Walkersville in Frederick County, Poolesville, Damascus, South Hagerstown, Rockville, Whitman, and Pikesville.

The Eagles are coming off their worst season in the storied history of the school, posting a 2-8 record in 2018. Seneca’s football program has suffered as the school goes through its construction metaphasis. Turnout for the team was very low, as the