With skill players in place, Seneca Valley a contender in Quad North
TribLIVE Sports Videos
If there was one thing that held the Seneca Valley football team back last season, it was big-game experience.
The Raiders finally got that during a WPIAL Class AAAA playoff win over Penn Hills, then hung tough with eventual champion North Allegheny in the first half of the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The promise of the new season is that the Raiders are battle-tested, and with the return of quarterback Jordan Brown, coach Don Holl has his signal-caller back for his third year as a starter.
Brown also has the benefit of Forrest Barnes — his leading rusher and receiver — returning to the backfield.
“It all starts with the players,” Holl said.
“We have talented, experienced players, which is the recipe for success.”
With veterans Brown and Barnes in place, Holl's attention will shift to the offensive line, where he will have to replace his starting center, left guard and right tackle.
“We have two good rising juniors and a sophomore,” Holl said of the line prospects.
“We had a lot of guys look through the facemask on Friday night and have success. That is a positive, and those players have gotten better.”
Barnes has confidence in the new linemen coming up, saying how surprised he was by the high level of play he saw from the youngsters.
Although Holl is happy with the overall state of his team as the season approaches, he is well aware of the difficulty of the Quad North.
“Everyone thinks they will be in the playoffs, and we have a legit chance, but we play in a tough section and anyone can get a little too proud in a moment and beat their chest and say they will win it.” Holl said.
“We can compete and expect to be in the thick of it, but everyone needs a bounce here or there, and everyone needs to stay healthy.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Plum High School teacher held for court on charges of intimidation
- Court sides with Beaver County widow whose house was auctioned over $6.30 late fee
- Philadelphia U.S. Rep. Fattah indicted in racketeering case
- USW workers to march on ATI headquarters
- Westmoreland park police probe report of man who grabbed woman from Twin Lakes trail
- Steelers’ Wheaton adjusting his game moving to slot receiver
- Thief’s attorney blames Rivers Casino; judge isn’t swayed
- Rossi: ‘Hockey guy’ Sutter will be missed
- Butler County motorist dies in accident with tractor
- Patriots QB Brady, owner Kraft lash out at NFL
- 5 face trial in beating of black man in Pittsburgh