Junior Ricky Davis rushed for 207 yards and two touchdowns last night to lead second-ranked Seneca Valley to a 24-12 victory over visiting Friendly in a Maryland AA quarterfinal playoff game.
The Screaming Eagles (11-0), who are the top seed in the state, will host Bowie Saturday in the semifinals.
Seneca Valley overcame a 6-3 deficit in the second quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points, to defeat the Patriots (7-4) from Prince George's County.
Davis scored on runs of 81 and 17 yards. Fullback John Joppy had 90 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries as the Screaming Eagles gained 321 yards on the ground, 379 overall.
While Seneca Valley's offense was moving the ball well, the Eagles' defense was solid in the second half, holding the Patriots to 30 total yards (165 for the game). Friendly had only 12 plays from scrimmage in the second half and managed one first down.
Robert Green, who ran for more than 1,400 yards in the regular season, had 92 in the first half, but was held to 24 in the second half. Friendly's only score in the second half was a 19-yard fumble return by Mike Plater off a poorly snapped punt, making it 24-12 with 4:35 left in the game.
"Green's a great runner and he really hurt us in the first half," Seneca Valley Coach Al Thomas said. "But we changed some alignments in the second half and were able to contain him."
All-Met John Duke got the Screaming Eagles on the scoreboard first with a 34-yard field goal late in the first quarter. Later, Duke barely missed on 52- and 42-yard attempts.
The Patriots went ahead midway in the second quarter when quarterback John Ferrer rolled around left end and dived into the end zone from five yards out. It was a nine-play, 80-yard drive, keyed by Green's six runs for 58 yards.
But it would take the Eagles only two plays to go back in front. After Davis slipped in the backfield for an eight-yard loss, he broke off left tackle and burst down the left sideline for an 81-yard score. Duke's kick made it 10-6.
Davis scored game with 5:59 left in the third quarter when he went off right tackle and then cut outside for a 17-yard scoring run. Friendly (7-4) 0 6 0 6 12 Seneca Valley (11-0) 3 7 7 7 24
SV -- FG Duke 34
F-Ferrer 5 run (pass failed)
SV -- Davis 81 run (Duke kick)
SV -- Davis 17 run (Duke kick)
SV -- Joppy 10 run (Duke kick)
F -- Plater 19 fumble return (pass failed)