Seneca Valley took advantage of numerous Wheaton miscues and running back Ricky Davis ran for 119 yards as the sixth-ranked Screaming Eagles defeated the Knights, 42-14, last night in the season opener for the Montgomery AA teams.
Wheaton committed seven turnovers, four of which resulted in 28 Seneca Valley points; the Knights also were assessed 12 penalties for 83 yards, 11 coming in the decisive first half, as Seneca Valley took a 28-0 halftime lead. Davis, a 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior, scored on runs of 14 and 56 yards and ran to 111 first-half yards. He carried the ball only three times in the second half.
"Wheaton didn't adjust to the plays we were calling," Davis said. "We called several power plays out of the I-formation and they weren't ready. The offensive line just cleared huge holes for me."
The scoring began with 8:15 remaining in the half and Wheaton punting from its 28. The snap sailed over punter Al Turner's head and into the end zone. Turner scrambled back and attempted to run the ball out, but he could not pick it up cleanly before a barrage of Screaming Eagles landed on him. Seneca Valley's Jerell Bryant recovered the ball for a 7-0 lead.
It went from bad to worse for the Knights. Two possessions later, junior running back Eric Reid fumbled the ball on the 24-yard line. Seneca Valley's Kenny Freeman recovered. On the next play, Davis scored his first touchdown, an 11-yard run.
Again, Wheaton gave the ball back to the Screaming Eagles; again, it was Bryant with the nose for the ball, as he intercepted sophomore Bill Maxwell's pass at the Seneca Valley 33. The Screaming Eagles drove the field and John Joppy scored the first of his two touchdowns with a four-yard run off left tackle, at 10:59.
Wheaton got the ball, but held it long enough for three downs and a punt. On Seneca Valley's next play, from its 44, Davis took off on a trap, over the left side. He was virtually untouched and outran the Wheaton secondary for the touchdown and 28-0 lead.
The second half looked like a repeat of the first when Reid fumbled on the first play from scrimmage. With the Knights playing Davis closely, senior fullback Ron Smith found a hole and raced into the end zone from 22 yards. It was 35-0.
The Wheaton offense finally got in gear. Working from the Seneca 41, Maxwell -- who finished the game seven for 22 for 166 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions -- found junior receiver Juan Vaughn on a post pattern, and Vaughn found the end zone. Wheaton (0-1) 0 0 7 7 14 Seneca Valley (1-0) 14 14
SV -- Bryant recovered fumble in end zone (Duke kick)
SV -- Davis 4 run (Duke kick)
SV -- Joppy 4 run (Duke kick)
SV -- Davis 56 run (Duke kick)
SV -- Smith 22 run (Duke kick)
W -- Vaughn 41 pass from Maxwell (Waltos kick)
SV -- Joppy 2 run (Duke kick)
W -- Carey 19 pass from Maxwell (Waltos kick)