Seneca Valley’s R.J. McCauley will join two of his teammates, Jordan Brown and Nick Dahlstrom, in the East-West high school football all-star game in May.
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JACKSON TWP — One last chance to represent the Seneca Valley football program. That is the opportunity given to quarterback Jordan Brown, linebacker R.J. McCauley and offensive lineman Nick Dahlstrom. The trio of senior Raider stars was picked to play in the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association’s East-West All-Star Game, to be held May 5 at Downingtown West High School in Chester County. “It’s cool to represent the western side of the state,” said Brown. “It’s going to be a good experience to go out there, meet new people and play some football before I head off to my new home at James Madison (University).” SV mentor Don Holl was a coach for the West squad in 2007, when the game was played at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium. At the time, Holl was head coach at Cathedral Prep. “This is a nice complement to their high school careers,” he said of his players being chosen. “It means they are considered among the best senior football players in the state and they are being rewarded for their accomplishments.” The roster for both teams will include 34 players. Brown will be one of two signal callers for the West, joining Gateway’s Thomas Woodson. The former accounted for 24 total touchdowns (21 passing and three rushing) last fall. “I’m told we will be running an offense that is similar to our’s here at Seneca,” Brown said. “The rule for the game is that we have to pass the ball 40 percent of the time, so we should have some fun with that. Both Thomas and I can make plays with our legs and hopefully, we’ll be able to show it.” McCauley, who has signed to play at California (Pa.) University, was a game-changer on defense for the Raiders. His senior season included 11 tackles for a loss, including three sacks, 13 passes defensed and two interceptions. “It’s great that I get to play in this game with a couple of my teammates,” he said. “I’ve been on the same team as Nick since the fifth grade and Jordan since eighth grade.” Dahlstrom, who could not be reached for comment, was an All-Northern Eight Conference pick on the defensive line and at guard in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder was a three-year starter for the Raiders and will play his college football at Slippery Rock University. The West team will be led by Ellwood City head coach Don Phillips. His squad will meet for two practices in late April at North Hills’ Martorelli Stadium and one final warm-up in Downingtown the day before the game. “I’m excited,” he said. “We’ve got a great group of kids. There’s a lot of pride on the line in this game, East vs. West.” “Playing in this game is going to be a great experience,” said McCauley. “It’s a step in between high school and college and should be a lot of fun.” Note: The first East/West game was held in 2001 and an average of 5,000 fans have attended the 12 previous contests.