During the longest winning streak in school history, Seneca Valley has grown accustomed to getting standout performances from quarterback Chris Kelley. Last night, as the top-ranked Screaming Eagles won their 33rd consecutive game, wide receiver-safety LeVar Scott was just as impressive.
Scott had a school-record four interceptions, caught a 62-yard touchdown pass from Kelley and caught two two-point conversion passes from Kelley, leading host Seneca Valley to a 28-6 victory over No. 7 Damascus in an emotional and physical Montgomery 3A game before an overflow crowd of 5,000 in Germantown.
Not to be outdone, Kelley threw another touchdown pass and ran for two scores, the second after coming back from what appeared to be a serious foot injury late in the third quarter. Kelley finished with 107 yards rushing on 21 carries and completed 8 of 10 passes for 129 yards.
"We get so pumped for [the Damascus] game, more than any other game," said Kelley, who was face-down on the grass for more than five minutes after a player rolled on top of his left foot. He was carried off the field in obvious pain. ". . . If you're going to take me out of the game, you had better do something big."
With Kelley out and Seneca Valley (7-0, 5-0) holding a 14-6 lead, the Screaming Eagles' defense--which has allowed an area-best 4.5 points per game before last night--made a big stop.
Damascus (6-1, 4-1) had scored on its previous possession, a 29-yard touchdown pass from Mac Mollet to Eric Gontizke. But Mollet was sacked by linemen David Cavell and Damian Hall on first down of the next possession and Damascus punted without getting a first down.
With his left foot heavily taped, Kelley returned to the game. Two plays later, he threw his long touchdown pass to Scott for a 20-6 lead with 8 minutes 26 seconds remaining. Scott missed the point-after kick--he was 0 for 2 last night, perhaps the only area of the game in which he struggled.
"All the momentum was going Damascus's way, Kelley was out of the game and they're thinking, 'We've got them now,' ," Seneca Valley Coach Terry Changuris said. "And our defense just swarmed them. The next thing I know, Chris is standing next to me saying he can go back in the game. Then he throws a 60-yard pass to LeVar, rolling to his left and probably throwing off his injured foot."
After Seneca Valley's defense forced another punt, the Screaming Eagles drove 56 yards in five plays, with Kelley scoring on a 12-yard quarterback draw. He threw a two-point conversion to Scott.
Scott, who already had three interceptions, later picked off a pass by backup quarterback Steve Lyons--in the game after Mollet cramped up--to seal the victory. Two of Scott's interceptions came in the end zone, one on a fourth-down play after Damascus had driven for a first-and-goal in the first quarter.
"We practiced their offense most of the last two weeks," said Scott, who added that his family moved to Damascus three years ago and he had to formally apply for a transfer to remain at Seneca Valley. "Some of the plays they run were ours. So I guess I knew where to be on the field."
CAPTION: Seneca Valley's Chris Kelley rushes against Damascus, finishing with 107 yards on 21 carries and two scores.