Seneca Valley, Sherwood renew lost rivalry; Einstein braces for Paint Branch


The Sherwood faithful will be fired up for Friday’s meeting with Seneca Valley. (Toni L. Sandys/Washington Post)

Seneca Valley and Sherwood, once a marquee matchup in the mid-1990s, haven’t met on the football field since 2006.

The Warriors won that game 24-17 with longtime Seneca Valley coach Al Thomas at the helm. Thomas, considered a legend at Seneca Valley, was the Screaming Eagles’ first coach and went on to win five state titles in 13 seasons at the Germantown school.

The two teams will get reacquainted on Friday night in Sandy Spring.

Times have changed and Chris Grier, a Sherwood alum, has taken the reins of the team.

“Sherwood has the new coach and has always traditionally been a good program,” Seneca Valley Coach Fred Kim said. “It’s the first time we’ve played them since ‘06. Kind of renewing an old rivalry.”

Sherwood (3-1) has won three straight since a lopsided loss to Gaithersburg in its season-opener. In Kim’s eyes, this game will be an indicator of where his team is since losing to Northwest two weeks ago. Last week’s 42-20 win over Bethesda-Chevy Chase helped kickstart the Screaming Eagles (3-1) back in the right direction.

“It was important for us to have a win like that to bring back the confidence for our kids, especially offensively,” Kim said. “We sputtered a bit against Northwest. We had to get back on track.”

Paint Branch defense poses a challenge

Einstein’s offense has been able to move the ball against all three of its opponents.

Even in a 49-22 loss to Damascus, running back Khalil Wilson ran for 101 yards against one of the best defenses in Montgomery County.

Facing a tough Paint Branch squad that’s pitched two shutouts already, Einstein Coach Jermaine Howell is confident his star running back will be able to pick up first downs and break big plays on the ground.

However, the key for the Titans will be whether the Einstein defense can contain a Paint Branch offense that’s averaging 38.5 points per game.

“They’re very well coached, fast and athletic,” Howell said. “It’s going to be a big test for us and our staff to prepare a defensive scheme, because they are that good.”

Howell said Paint Branch is a team that plays with discipline without giving up an edge on the field.

“They don’t make many mistakes,” Howell said. “They’re very explosive, not only on the offensive side of the ball, but they’re aggressive and tenacious on the defensive side. It always seems like they’re very excited, meaning their guys fly around to the ball. They’re very team-oriented.” . . .

Richard Montgomery visits Whitman in a game that could put either team in second place in the Montgomery 4A South. Despite the Rockets’ 1-3 overall record, they’re 1-0 in league play. Whitman (2-2) is 1-1 in 4A South competition.

The only other region game on the weekend slate is between Montgomery 3A teams Rockville (2-2, 1-2 3A) and Northwood (0-4, 0-2).

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