FOX CHAPEL — Seneca Valley is capable of putting up a lot of points in a short period of time.
Friday night, it was Fox Chapel’s turn to learn that the hard way.
The Raiders held a 12-0 lead entering the second quarter before scoring five touchdowns in the period — including the final three in a span of just two minutes and 20 seconds — as Seneca Valley closed the regular season with a dominating 54-15 victory.
The Foxes finished the season 1-8 overall.
“(University of Oregon football coach) Chip Kelly often talks about having a faceless opponent,” said Raiders’ coach Don Holl. “What it means is, while we certainly respect our opponent, we don’t care who we are playing. We have to execute and control what we can control.”
The Raiders (8-1, 6-1) did just that after giving up a 64-yard touchdown run to Fox Chapel’s Nigel Garnett that cut the Raiders’ lead to 19-6 early in the second quarter.
The team responded with an eight-play, 65-yard drive in which SV managed a good mix of run and pass plays. Quarterback Jordan Brown capped the series with a 13-yard scoring pass to a wide open Ryan Conn in the back of the end zone.
SV’s defense even got in on the scoring spree late in the half. Before intermission, Jon Dorogy hit Foxes’ quarterback Brandon Mitchell as he was attempting a pass and Raiders’ defensive lineman Steven Gaviglia caught the ball and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown.
Forrest Barnes’ night was over by halftime, but he made the most of his two quarters of play. Seneca’s senior running back rushed 15 times for 238 yards and scored four touchdowns, clinching the Butler Eagle Scoring Trophy. He also passed Bill Davis for the best single-season rushing effort ever turned in by a Raider. Barnes now has 1,400 yards this year. Davis rushed for 1,280 yards in 2002.