The Eagles gathered in their locker room and followed the other region semifinal on Twitter with most openly rooting for the Hawks over top-seeded Damascus because the upset meant Seneca Valley would earn one more home game.
Kim said when Urbana’s 24-23 overtime victory became final, Plante quickly gathered his belongings and stormed out of the locker room amid a rush of emotion.
The Seneca Valley coaching staff typically begins game-planning for the next week at Kim’s house on Sunday afternoons, strategy sessions that usually coincide with a visit from Kim’s children. This time, J.P. Kim stayed at his mother’s house where he lives during the week.
While preparing for Urbana’s personnel has been easier for the Seneca Valley staff because Plante has known most of the team’s upper classmen since they were youngsters and Kim has the same familiarity with the young players, Kim had hoped to avoid such a matchup.
“This is really the ultimate nightmare for a dad/coach in this siutation,” Kim said.
After pushing through injuries late in the season, Seneca Valley will be almost back to full strength as it tries for its first state semifinal berth since 2008.
Senior running back James Jones-Williams has not carried the ball since injuring his hamstring in the team’s 14-13 loss at Damascus on Oct. 26, but he has practiced fully this week and will start on offense Friday, according to Kim.
Junior quarterback Calvin Reighard, who started last week’s game on the sideline coming back from a concussion, will start, as well, and the Eagles will also get back senior cornerback Trevon Thacker, who missed the North Hagerstown victory.
Owens resigns as Rockets’ coach
Neil Owens resigned as head coach at Richard Montgomery earlier this week, ending a three-year stint that saw him go 11-19.
Owens, who guided Richard Montgomery to a 6-4 record this season, said he informed his players Tuesday night of his resignation.
“I had a meeting with the athletic director on Monday (Jonathan Freda ) and he informed me that they were hoping that I would resign,” Owens said. “They wanted to go in another direction.”
Freda said Thursday that the school will pursue a “full interview process” to find Owens’ replacement, but declined further comment on the situation.
On Wednesday, Owens said he has fielded about a dozen phone calls this week from schools interested in adding him as a coach for next season. Richard Montgomery had back-to-back 0-10 seasons in 2009 and 2010, and went 5-5 last season under Owens.
“I thought we were moving the program in the right direction,” Owens said. “But I guess they had other ideas.”