JACKSON TWP — The honors continue to roll in for two Seneca Valley senior football players.
Offensive lineman Dean Ketterer and running back Forrest Barnes have been chosen to play in the Big 33 Classic, a high school all-star contest pitting players from Pennsylvania against those from Maryland.
The game will be played June 15 at Hersheypark Stadium in Dauphin County.
“I'm not certain about this, but I don't believe Seneca Valley has ever had a player selected for the Big 33 game,” said Raiders' coach Don Holl. “To get one player there is great. To have a couple of players chosen is outstanding. It's a great reflection on our program and neat for the kids.”
Both Ketterer and Barnes were notified two weekends ago of their selection.
“I was speechless,” Ketterer admitted. “I wasn't expecting to get picked, but I'm very excited about playing.”
Both players will take part in a press conference in Harrisburg April 10, where they will meet the rest of Pennsylvania's team, which includes just eight other WPIAL players.
Ketterer anchored an offensive line that helped Seneca Valley rack up 409 yards of offense per game and a total of 60 touchdowns.
“He began starting for us at guard in the middle of his junior season,” said Holl. “He started this season at guard, but moved to center in late September. He did a great job at both positions.”
“The switch to center wasn't difficult for me because I did a lot of snapping over the summer,” said Ketterer.
Barnes won the Butler Eagle Scoring Trophy after tallying 152 points in nine regular season games. He ended his senior campaign with 1,819 yards from scrimmage.
“I have a lot of things to be proud of,” Barnes said. “This is icing on the cake for me.
“To be considered one of the best players in the state, it's very humbling,” he added. “The fact that Dean and I are both going, it's great.”
“As great a player as Forrest is, he's an even better kid,” said Holl. “That's the neat part about it.”
Both Ketterer and Barnes, who hope to play in college, were named first teamers in Northern Eight Conference voting.
They were integral players in Seneca Valley reaching the WPIAL playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history as the Raiders compiled an overall record of 18-5 over the last two campaigns.
“Seneca Valley has not always received much respect when it came to football,” said Barnes. “My teammates and I worked hard to change that.”
“It was a great experience,” said Ketterer. “We had a lot of fun winning all of those games, but now it's time to turn the page and move forward.”