After a scoreless, mistake-filled first half, 15th-ranked Seneca Valley got production from a pair of lesser-known running backs and shut out Churchill, 14-0, last night at Churchill.
After centering their running game around fullback Melvin Brown in the first half, the Screaming Eagles (2-0) began handing the ball to Randy Cook and Myron Weaver. On its first second-half possession, Cook's 19- and 21-yard runs helped move Seneca Valley into field goal range, but Andy Leffler missed a 27-yard field goal.
But four plays later, Churchill quarterback Melvin Crawford tossed an errant lateral and Seneca Valley's Andrew Wilson recovered on the Bulldogs 19. On the next play, Weaver shot through a huge hole for the game's first touchdown.
After a Churchill punt gave the Screaming Eagles the ball on their 40, Weaver ran 16 yards to move into Bulldogs' territory. Three plays later, quarterback J.C. Lee hit wide receiver Darren Tibbs over the middle for 33 yards. A 19-yard scramble by Lee moved the ball to the 1, and after a quarterback sneak netted no yards, Cook hit right tackle for the score.
"They were doing some things where they would slant the line in certain directions," said Seneca Valley Coach Terry Changuris. "We wanted to give them a formation we knew they would slant to, and then run a play to counter it."
Churchill (1-1) punted on its next drive, then got the ball back with 7:57 left. The Bulldogs drove to the Screaming Eagles 25, but on fourth and two, Crawford's end-zone toss to Tom Harsanyi was incomplete.
The shutout was the second straight for the Screaming Eagles, who beat Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 45-0, last week.
"We're not where I want to be," Changuris said. "But we're much better."
In the scoreless first half, both offenses moved the ball successfully until the goal line was in sight. Then, mistakes occurred.
Churchill took the opening kickoff and drove to the Screaming Eagles 21, but fullback Tim Ford was stopped one yard short on fourth and four. Churchill, spurred by consecutive runs of 14, 14 and 12 yards by Brown, then drove to the Bulldogs 26. But Lee was intercepted by Crawford, whose 27-yard return left the ball on Churchill's 43.