Damascus Crushes Seneca Valley in Rematch

The opening kickoff set the tone for the entire game for Seneca Valley. Damascus won the coin flip and deferred opting to get the ball in the second half. The kick was short and instead of going deep to one of the return men it was handled, or mishandled by an up-back. While Seneca Valley was able to recover the fumble, it was a harbinger of things to come.

A game in which Seneca Valley hoped for redemption ended with a blowout 45-3 loss to a bitter rival. Damascus’ superstar senior running back Jake Funk would go on a tear and score four touchdowns to advance the Swarmin’ Hornets to the Maryland State Semi-Final game next week. The Screaming Eagles had a difficult time handling on the ball all night long. There were muffed kickoff returns, bad snaps, bad hand-offs, passes that should have been caught but fell to the ground. It was, as Head Coach Fred Kim said after the game, “really frustrating.” “For whatever reason we just couldn’t execute,” said Kim, who team finishes the 2015 season with a record of 11-2, with both losses at the hands of Damascus. “We thought we were in a position to make some plays. We just couldn’t execute for whatever reason. The ball just didn’t roll our way. We were mishandling snaps or mishandling the ball, or not completing the pass.”

For Damascus, it was a game in which everything went right. The Hornet defense contained the Seneca Valley offense and allowed Funk and the offense to operate from a short field for most of the game. The mishaps put Seneca Valley in poor field position all game or left Damascus in great field position. Seneca was forced to punt on their opening drive. Damascus took six plays to find the end zone on an off-tackle run to Markus Vinson from the four-yard line. The Hornets were up 7-0. Both teams would trade punts. It would be a long run by Vinson to the Seneca Valley four-yard line that would set up Funk’s first touchdown. On the next play, an inside hand-off to Funk would put the Hornets up 14-0. Damascus would get the ball right back on after a Seneca Valley fumble. The Hornets would have first-and-ten from the Seneca Valley 23 yard line. Damascus quarterback Julian Kinard would hand to ball to Funk, who would dance and dodge his way into the end zone for his second touchdown in 20 seconds. Hornets lead 21-0. Funk and Vinson would combine for 288 yards rushing.

Seneca was without the services Adrian Feliz-Platt as the junior suffered a hamstring injury in the second quarter, which greatly affected the Screaming Eagles game plan. “He popped his hamstring, and it really caused us to scramble,” said Kim. “He is such a big part of this team not only on offense but, defensively and on special teams. That really played a significant factor for us and we had to readjust on the fly.” After forcing Seneca to a three-and-out in the second quarter, Vinson scored his second touchdown of the game as he broke an off-tackle run into the secondary to extend the lead to 28-0. Both teams would trade punts, and Seneca Valley would start at their own 11-yard line. The drive would be highlighted by two long runs by Darius Golston, but would end with the Screaming Eagles settling for a field goal to cut the lead to 28-3. On the next possession, Funk would score his third touchdown. A spirit-breaking 74-yard touchdown run to extend the lead to 35-3. Damascus would tack on a field goal just before halftime to take a 38-3 lead into the locker room.

“We kind of allowed the game to get out of hand so early,” said Kim. “We let our guard down, and it’s a snowball effect and we let it get out of control, unfortunately.” Seneca Valley would come out and attempt to change momentum with an onside kick, but once again the ball would not roll the Eagles’ way and Damascus would recover and get great field position to start the second half. However, Seneca Valley’s defense would intercept a Kinard pass at the two-yard line, but the Screaming Eagles could not move the ball against the Damascus defense and would punt the ball from their own end zone. The punt would not be a good one, and Funk and the Hornets would take possession at the Seneca 13-yard line. Three plays later, Funk would walk into the end zone from the four-yard line for his fourth touchdown of the night. “This game means a lot to me,” said Funk after the game. “This is my last time playing Seneca Valley and to go out like that it means a lot to me. We came out tonight, and we were on fire the whole game.”

Seneca Valley ends its season at 11-2. “I am proud of this team,” said Kim. “We worked awfully hard in this off-season. The kids worked their butts off this off-season, and it showed. We beat a very good Linganore team and very good Northwest team, but we just, unfortunately, couldn’t beat Damascus.”

Damascus will host the winner of Saturday’s 3A South match between Wheaton and Potomac next Friday in the Maryland State Semi-Finals.

Final Score Damascus 45 Seneca Valley 3

Story by Kevin O’Rourke Germantown Pulse http://www.germantownpulse.net/

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Seneca Valley Holds On to Beat Linganore

Adrian Feliz-Platt and the Seneca Valley football team traveled to Linganore on a mission to earn the right to make things even — to earn a rematch with rival Damascus next week. However, they would have to get through the unbeaten Linganore Lancers to earn that rematch. Feliz-Platt and Eagles came out screaming and jumped to a 20 point lead in the first quarter. Feliz-Platt scored three of his four touchdowns in the first quarter. “We just don’t want to go home. We want to play next week,” said the junior running back after the victory.

Seneca Valley took the opening kickoff and marched down the field to score on just four plays on an impressive drive against a Linganore defense that had given up only 20 points over the last four games. Feliz-Platt carried the ball twice, and senior quarterback Petey Gaskins passed to senior receiver Cortez Lee Chase-Ervin, who brought the ball down to the Linganore 11-yard line. One play later Feliz-Platt would score on an 11-yard off-tackle run. An extra point from Rey Genovese would make it 7-0 after four offensive plays. After both teams traded punts, the Lancers senior quarterback Nathaniel Musselman threw a pass that was intercepted by Seneca Valley’s Antonio Fox giving the Eagles the ball in Lancer territory. The turnover would lead to Feliz-Platt’s second rushing touchdown. “I feel like he is the most dynamic football player in the county,” said Seneca Valley Head Coach Fred Kim after the game. “The combination of speed and quickness and football awareness. You know the old Madden “Awareness” ranking — his goes off the chart. The guy knows where he is on the field. It is great having a guy like that, and I would hate to have to play against him.” Feliz-Platt would score his third touchdown of the first quarter after the Seneca Valley defensive unit came up with another turnover. Senior defensive back Donovan Beckett-Sims would come up with a fumble recovery giving the Screaming Eagles the ball at the 34 yard-line in Lancer territory again. A few plays later, Feliz-Platt would be back in the end zone extending the Seneca Valley lead to 21-0. The Seneca defense would stop the Lancers on a fourth-down try at the Seneca Valley 10 yard line on two consecutive drives. After the second stop, Pete Gaskins and company would drive the ball down to the Lancers one-yard line, but a combination of penalties and good defensive stops would push the Eagles back to the 11-yard line. On fourth down, Rey Genovese in to knock in a 28-yard field goal to extend the Seneca lead to 24-0 with 2:18 remaining in the half. Linganore would find the end zone on the ensuing series as Musselman would hit receiver Wade Stieren with a 32-yard touchdown pass get the Lancers on the board. The kick would fail. Seneca Valley would take a 24-6 lead into halftime.

The second half would feature a whip-lashing change of momentum. Linganore would be forced to punt after taking the kick that they deferred in the first. On the Seneca Drive, Daniel Ross would pick up a fumble and return it for a touchdown. A two-point conversion would succeed, and the Seneca lead would be cut to 24-14 with 9:49 remaining in the third quarter. Momentum would swing the other way with 5:19 left in the quarter, as Feliz-Platt would find a seam in the Linganore defense and break a 75-yard touchdown on a run that went right through the A-gap. Seneca was up 30-14. The pendulum would swing back to Linganore after third Seneca fumble was recovered by Noll Stieren to give the Lancers the ball close to midfield. A few plays later. Musselman would connect with Jack Staub, the Lancers top receiver for a 25-yard fourth-down touchdown pass. The two-point conversion would be snuffed out by Seneca Valley, but the lead was cut to 30-20 with 1:14 left in the third quarter. Linganore would cut the lead to three points after Seneca Valley’s Gaskins attempted to throw a screen pass that would drift backwards and not connect with Antonio Fox but fall on the ground incomplete. However, an alert Josh Faulconer scooped up the ball and ran 64-yards into the end zone. The officials ruled that Gaskin’s pass was a lateral and Linganore scored. Seneca Valley still led 30-27, with 10:42 remaining. Both teams would get the ball back again before time expired. But Seneca controlled the ball for the final 4:25, as they fed the ball to Darius Golston, who churned out chunks of ground to ensure that Seneca would maintain possession and cement away the win.

The first thing that Coach Kim said to his team after the win was “Well boys, we’ve got our rematch!” Seneca will travel to Damascus next week to play the unbeaten Swarming Hornets again. The two teams met just two weeks ago on Oct. 31 at Seneca Valley when Damascus won 21-3. For their part, Damascus defeated Oakdale 44-21 on Friday night to solidify the rematch of what was one of the most anticipated games of the football season.

Final Score Seneca Valley 30 Linganore 27

Story by Kevin O’Rourke Germantown Pulse http://www.germantownpulse.net/

Quince Orchard defeats Paint Branch

On the first Friday of November, with the air just as warm as a late summer night, the Paint Branch Panthers experienced a bittersweet ending to their 2015 football season on their home field in Burtonsville, Maryland. There was a lot to be proud of as the high school celebrated all varsity football, cheerleeding, poms, marching band & color guard seniors. Paint Branch alumnus and 3-time NFL Pro-Bowler Darnell Dockett was present for the coin toss, just before having his #54 Jersey retired. Then, as an added bonus, the Paint Branch Panthers who won the State Championship together 40 years ago in 1975 were honored at half time.

The Panther’s offense executed a stunning opening drive ending with a 3-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Armani Ceballos to receiver JD Guerrero. But soon enough, the visiting Quince Orchard Cougars were able to put points on the board. The Cougars scored during each quarter while managing to keep Paint Branch from scoring again until the last minute of the game. This 2nd loss of the season to top seeded teams Sherwood and QO prevents the Panthers from clinching a playoff berth in their competitive 4A North Region. Though a great season for one talented team has come and gone before the post-season begins, everyone I encountered on the Paint Branch sidelines handled the deep disappointment with admirable grace.

For Round 1 of the playoffs, Quince Orchard will be hosting Blair at the Cougar Dome on Friday, November 13th at 7:00 pm.

Scores for Paint Branch: JD Guerrero – 2 TD’s, Bryant Hernandez – 2 extra points.

Scores for Quince Orchard: Shawn Barlow – 2 TD’s, Marvin Beander – 2 TD’s, Doc Bonner – 1 TD, Oliver Clowes – 1 field goal and 5 extra points.

Final Score Paint Branch 14 Quince Orchard 38

Story and Photos by Lisa Levenbach, MoCoDaily

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MPSSAA Varsity Football Potential Playoff Picture

Potential Playoff Picture as of Saturday evening, will post brackets once finalized on Sunday.

4A West
1 Quince Orchard (9-1), 2 Richard Montgomery (9-1), 3 Northwest (7-3), 4 Blair (6-4)

4A South
1 Wise (10-0), 2 DuVal (9-1), 3 Eleanor Roosevelt (8-2), 4 Bowie (7-3)

4A North
1 Howard (10-0), 2 Sherwood (9-1), 3 Bel Air (9-1), 4 Mervo (9-1)

4A East
1 Old Mill (10-0), 2 North Point (10-0), 3 Broadneck (8-2) (wins tie-breaker on head-to-head), 4 Annapolis (8-2)

3A West
1 Damascus (10-0), 2 Linganore (10-0), 3 Seneca Valley (9-1), 4 Oakdale (8-2)

3A South
1 Potomac (8-2), 2 Wheaton (6-4), 3 Watkins Mill (5-5), 4 Magruder (5-5)

3A North
1 Franklin (9-1), 2 Dundalk (9-1), 3 Aberdeen (7-3), 4 Douglass-B (7-2)

3A East
1 Reservoir (7-3), 2 Chesapeake-AA (7-3), 3 Glenelg (6-4), 4 JM Bennett (7-3)

2A West
1 Oakland Mills (8-2), 2 South Carroll (9-1), 3 Marriotts Ridge (8-2), 4 Walkersville (8-2)

2A South
1 Thomas Stone (8-2), 2 Patuxent (8-2), 3 Calvert (7-3), 4 Gwynn Park (7-3)

2A North
1 Eastern Tech (10-0), 2 Patterson (9-1), 3 Hereford (8-2), 4 Dunbar (7-2)

2A East
1 North Caroline (10-0), 2 Kent Island (9-1), 3 Elkton (9-1), 4 Queen Anne’s (7-3)

1A West
1 Ft. Hill (8-1, 2 Boonsboro (10-0), 3 Allegany (8-2), 4 Northern-Gar (6-4)

1A North
1 Manchester Valley (6-4), 2 Forestville (5-5), 3 Fairmont Heights (4-6), 4 North Carroll (3-7)

1A South
1 Edmondson (8-2), 2 FAET (8-1), 3 Forest Park (7-2), 4 National Academy (6-2)

1A East
1 Havre de Grace (7-3), 2 Cambridge-S.D. (8-2), 3 Kent County (6-4), 4 Bohemia Manor (5-5)