By Brandy L. Simms
GAITHERSBURG — David slayed Goliath Thursday night at John Harvill Stadium.
Despite a steady downpour throughout the game and a 30-minute lightning delay, The Falcons varsity football team from Poolesville High School, the smallest public school in Montgomery County, defeated the Seneca Valley Screamin’ Eagles for the first time ever.
Poolesville rallied from a halftime deficit en route to a 10-7 victory over the 12-time Maryland state champions.
“It’s huge,” said Poolesville two-way standout Colin Hemingway, “and it’s nice to finally get a win after a few losses. I think this will really kick-start us and we’ll be able to win out the rest of the season.”
Hemingway finished with 101 yards rushing on 19 carries and quarterback Aaron Brown registered 48 yards on seven carries against the Screamin’ Eagles.
“He did a good job,” Hemingway said about Brown. “He’s young, he’s a sophomore so he still has a lot to learn.”
The Falcons also received significant contributions from other less-experienced players.
“Aidan Olcott, it’s his first year of playing football and he started today,” Hemingway said about the Falcons’ defensive end, “and he really stepped up and did what the coaches asked him to do and he made some big plays.”
Poolesville, who has also beaten Kennedy and Winters Mill, improved to 3-4 while Seneca Valley fell to 1-6.
“It’s huge,” echoed Poolesville first-year head coach Justin Sickeri, who took over the program earlier this year after serving a longtime stint as the offensive coordinator at Seneca Valley’s Germantown rival Northwest.
After a scoreless first quarter, Seneca Valley scored on quarterback Don Coleman’s three-yard run with 36.6 seconds remaining in the second quarter to take a 7-0 advantage at halftime.
However, Poolesville responded in the second quarter on Hemingway’s 14-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown with 5:34 left and Xavier Kresslein’s ensuing extra point to knot the game at seven apiece.
Kresslein broke the deadlock on a 19-yard field goal with 10:12 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Hemingway credited his offensive linemen for paving the way including Nick Beaton, Ben Miller and center Jacob Kasten.
“He’s a big boy,” Hemingway said about Kasten. “He opened up some holes.”
“We’ve got to take this and build on it,” added Sickeri. “We’ve got a tough Watkins Mill opponent next week, they’re rolling right now so we’ve got to keep on building on what we’re doing and keep getting better each week. That’s all we’re trying to do.”
Meanwhile, Seneca Valley has struggled this season with losses in all but one game. The Screamin’ Eagles beat Rockville in the season opener, 34-10. Seneca Valley has remaining games against Churchill, Damascus and Wheaton.
Poolesville has a tough road ahead with remaining games against Montgomery County opponents Watkins Mill and Magruder before hosting Manchester Valley in the regular season finale.
Watkins Mill opened the season with a road victory against Blair and won five consecutive games before losing to Damascus last weekend.
“Watkins Mill is going to be a tough game,” said Hemingway, “but I think we’ll be able to step it up and beat them like we did last year.”