Raiders making the grade
Season mostly positive for SV at midway point
Butler Eagle
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October 3, 2012
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Seneca Valley's R.J. McCauley hauls in a Jordan Brown pass, resulting in a 46-yard touchdown during last week's 34-7 win over Central Catholic.

JACKSON TWP — There may still be some wrinkles to iron out, but the midseason report for the Seneca Valley football team is a good one.

With last week's decisive 34-7 win over Central Catholic, the Raiders stand at 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the Northern Eight Conference.

As expected, the offense has been explosive, particularly in games against Pine-Richland, Connellsville and last week against the Vikings.

Quarterback Jordan Brown has completed 51 of 96 passes for 697 yards, eight touchdowns and just two interceptions.

Halfback Forrest Barnes ran for 154 yards in his latest outing and now has 716 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground this season.

Do-everything slot receiver Jon Dorogy has grabbed 17 catches for 267 yards and has also rushed the ball 21 times for 174 more yards.

“We had a lot of knowns entering the season, guys with experience,” said SV coach Don Holl. “We were expecting good things out of them because they had already proven they can do the job. But we also had a few unknowns. For the most part, we are controlling the things we can control and we've done enough good things to make us feel good about where we are right now.”

Defensively, SV's starters have allowed just seven points over the last two games.

“The biggest thing is that we're getting more physical every week,” said Holl. “When you can do that, you give yourself a chance to win every week.

“If there has been a breakdown, it may have come in coverage, but our guys are playing aggressively. There are no issues with their effort.”

The Raiders' next test will come Friday night at NexTier Stadium against winless Shaler (0-5, 0-4). The Titans dropped a 49-14 decision at Fox Chapel last week.

Senior quarterback Brad Good, in his first season as a starter, has thrown for 371 yards with four touchdowns and six interceptions.

The team's ground attack has been anemic so far, as Good (211) and Wade Barkey (106) are the only players with more than 100 combined rushing yards through five games.

The struggling offense has not done any favors for the Titans' defense. Shaler has given up 222 points, an average of 44.4 per game.

“They have some good players and they've shown flashes,” Holl said of Shaler, “but they are struggling to put it all together. At some point this year, they will. Hopefully, it doesn't happen Friday. We are treating it as if they are going to play the best they have all year.”

Notes: Shaler leads the all-time series 20-12, but lost to the Raiders last season 28-21. ... SV reserve running back Sam Henson left last week's game with a leg injury and is not expected to return this season.