Raiders Roll the Rams; Improve to 2-0

John Madeira, Staff Writer

The Seneca Valley Raiders varsity football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a decisive victory over the Rams of Pine Richland on Friday.

After a 30 minute weather delay before the opening kickoff, the Raiders received the ball to start the game and five plays later senior wide receiver Jonathan Dorogy scored on a 47 yard run.

Junior quarterback Mike Jones completed a pass to Senior Carson Kessler for a two point conversion which put the Raiders up 8-0 early.

The Rams responded and put together a drive that ended abruptly after a diving interception in the end zone by Dorogy.

With the ball back on their own 20 yard line, the Raider offense mounted an impressive 80 yard drive which was capped off by sophomore Mason Dehart’s first career touchdown which came on a 7 yard pass from senior quarterback Jordan Brown.

Sophomore kicker Chad Izenas booted the extra point through the uprights to make the score 15-0 in favor of the Raiders.

The Raiders got the ball right back after a Pine Richland field goal and again drove down the field before Brown completed his second touchdown pass of the game, this one to Dorogy.

After a successful two point conversion by Jones, the Raiders were up 23-3.

Pine Richland added two scores and two 2 point conversions and the Raiders countered with an 80 yard kickoff return for a touchdown by senior halfback Forrest Barnes before the half, making the score 29-19 with Seneca Valley with the lead.

The Raiders offense was a three headed monster all night as they rolled to a 50-26 win.

Brown completed 12 of his 20 pass attempts for 165 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and added 80 yards on the ground.

Running behind his veteran offensive line which is anchored by seniors Clayton Hoover, Dean Ketterer, and Nick Dahlstrom, Barnes put up his second straight 100+ yard rushing game (153 yards) and added three touchdowns on the ground (5, 25, 77 yards).

Dorogy was the third head to the offensive monster tallying 49 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards, 2 total touchdowns, and also returning kickoffs and punts.

For the second week in a row, the Raider defense came out in the second half and played a shutdown game,  giving up only seven points in the final 24 minutes and getting an interception from Dehart.

With the dominating victory, the Raiders set their sights on the WPIAL AAAA’s top ranked team, North Allegheny Tigers, next Friday for their first road test of the season.