Entering its game Thursday, it wouldn't have been too crazy to think that Seneca Valley's prolific offense would have a tough time scoring against Central Catholic.
That wasn't the case, however, as the Raiders, led by the Jordan Brown's passing, wore down the Vikings defense in a 34-7 victory. Brown completed 12 of 21 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns, two to Ryan McCauley, one to Jon Dorogy.
"He's a gamer. He's a competitor, he's a heck of an athlete, and, when you put those things together, you get good things," said Seneca Valley coach Don Holl.
Running back Forrest Barnes ran 27 times for 141 yards and two touchdowns while becoming Seneca Valley's all-time leading rusher.
Having Barnes in the backfield proved to be essential to an offense that eventually overwhelmed the Central Catholic defense, which hadn't allowed a touchdown this season.
"He's going to make big plays in every game if we give him enough opportunities, and it does give us a great balance," Holl said.
"We know we have other places we can go with the ball, but certainly he was special again tonight."
Not to be overlooked, however, was the Seneca Valley defense, which held the Vikings to 147 yards on 41 plays. It was strong when it counted most, too, yielding only two third-down conversions.
The Raiders shut down the Vikings running game early.
"We got behind and never got to establish anything," said Central coach Terry Totten.
"If the hole was there, we didn't seem to secure the ball very well, and it didn't seem to work out."
Seneca broke the scoreless tie on the first play of the second quarter, when Brown faked a quarterback draw before lobbing a pass to McCauley, who took a tackler with him across the goal line.
The Raiders came out sharper in the second half, and, after holding the Vikings to a three-and-out to start the third quarter, added to their lead. Brown connected with Dorogy on a short screen pass that resulted in a 58-yard touchdown.
On Seneca Valley's next possession, Brown ran to his right to throw a screen to Barnes, but instead threw the ball downfield to McCauley for their second touchdown hookup of the game.
With less than 11 minutes remaining and the ball inside its 5, Seneca Valley put the ball in the hands of Barnes, who, after two short runs, broke through the line and took it 71 yards to the Central 27. Two plays later, the Raiders tried to run a reverse-pass, but pressure forced Brown to scramble for 20 yards before Barnes capped the drive and put the game out of reach with a 7-yard touchdown run.
First Published September 28, 2012 4:00 AM