Seneca Valley running back and 2012 Butler Eagle Scoring Trophy champion Forrest Barnes shrugs off a lunging tackle attempt from Central Catholic's Joe Tindal last season. Barnes, along with teammate Jon Dorogy, will continue their football careers at The Citadel in 2013.
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JACKSON TWP — Seneca Valley's football program is churning out a bevy of talented players and colleges all over the east coast are taking notice. On Feb. 6, seven Raiders committed to play the sport at the next level. They include Jonathan Dorogy and Forrest Barnes (The Citadel), Jordan Brown (James Madison), R.J. McCauley (California (Pa.) University), Nick Dahlstrom and Dean Ketterer (Slippery Rock) and Zarian Prenatt (Allegheny College). “As coaches, we hope that we had some small influence on their development,” said SV coach Don Holl. “But at the end of the day, all the credit goes to the players. They work so hard almost year round and they set their goals high.” Dorogy and Barnes will remain teammates at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Both will receive full scholarships to the military school. The Bulldogs, members of the Southern Conference, run the triple option on offense and both Seneca Valley stars are eager to get their hands on the ball. “They are going to put me at slot back,” said Dorogy, who, as a slot receiver last fall, gained 1,079 yards from scrimmage and scored 11 touchdowns on 93 offensive touches for SV. “It's going to be a bit of a change, but I am looking forward to it. “After I visited the campus, met the players and the coaches, it just seemed to be the right fit for me.” Holl has no doubt that Dorogy can succeed at the school. “He is mentally and physically tough,” he said. “He's a driven individual. It's not only a great move for him, it's great for Citadel football.” Barnes won the Butler Eagle Scoring Trophy last season after scoring 150 points in nine regular season contests. Throw in three playoff games and his total ballooned to 182. He will move to fullback in the triple option, where he will get plenty of chances to frustrate defenses. “The offense they (Bulldogs) run allows guys like me to get the ball in open space,” he said. “Forrest is a versatile athlete who can do a lot of things,” said Holl. “He'll be very dynamic in that scheme.” “As far as the school as a whole, I will learn discipline, leadership and organization while I'm there,” said Barnes of The Citadel. “Those are skills I can use throughout my life.” • McCauley began starting for the Raiders as a linebacker/safety his sophomore year. During his junior season, he added tight end to his duties and over the last two seasons, totaled 36 receptions for 533 yards. Last fall, he tied a Raiders single-season record with eight touchdown receptions. “Before my junior season, I had not played offense since sixth grade, so that was a big change for me,” said McCauley. “(California) wants to use me as an H-back. They run multiple formations, including some I-formation and spread.” • As an outside linebacker/defensive end in 2012, Prenatt made eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage, including 2½ sacks and one safety.