“Without those guys, 90 percent of our offense was gone,” Seneca Valley Coach Fred Kim said. “We had to do what we could. . . . They put 11 guys in the box because they knew what we were gonna do. We just strapped it on and ran it with Joppy.”
At 5-foot-9, 165 pounds, Joppy doesn’t have the ideal frame to pound the line of scrimmage and with Jones-Williams in the offense, Joppy generally plays a hybrid running back/wide receiver role.
On Friday against the Wolverines (7-3), Joppy showed he could handle the heavy workload. He provided the game’s final two touchdowns, putting the Eagles (9-1) ahead for good on a four-yard scoring run with about six minutes left in the third quarter. Because of injuries in the secondary, Joppy also played most of the team’s defensive snaps, too.
With the win, Seneca Valley clinched the No. 2 seed behind Damascus in the Maryland 3A West and a home game against North Hagerstown to kickoff the postseason. Kim said he expected Reighard to be cleared to practice on Monday and start the playoff game, while Jones-Williams should also be ready to play against North Hagerstown.
In a win or go home scenario, Watkins Mill spent the night scrambling offensively as well after senior quarterback Patrick Schlosser aggravated a shoulder injury on his team’s first series.
Four different players — all running backs and wide receivers — took snaps as part of a quarterback by committee arrangement. Junior Quinton Schaired, the team’s leading rusher this season, completed five of nine passes for 39 yards.
The Wolverines entered the game on a six-game winning streak and holding the fourth spot in the competitive region. They tumbled to seventh with the loss, missing out on their first playoff berth since 1999.
“We called that our playoff game,” Watkins Mill Coach Kevin Watson said. “It had that feeling — you could tell. The kids played their butts off. The coaches coached their butts off with all the changes they had to make. It was a good game.” . . .
Already assured of its first playoff berth since 2005, Poolesville (7-3) closed the regular season with a 28-7 win over Rockville. Senior running back Nikolay Henze carried the ball 31 times for 217 rushing yards and three touchdowns. It was the fourth time this season Henze has recorded at least 30 touches in a game. The Falcons will start the Maryland 2A West playoffs at Walkersville Friday.