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Dorogy helps Seneca Valley in every facet of the game

| Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 11:34 a.m.
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Louis Raggiunti|Pine Creek Journal Seneca Valley receiver Jonathan Dorogy is a dangerous player with open field in front of him. Dorogy is a senior with hopes of playing college football next year.

There are many reasons Seneca Valley receiver Jonathan Dorogy has emerged as a nice complementary weapon for the Raiders' offense. The senior said he has a great relationship with quarterback Jordan Brown, and with a stellar running back in Forrest Barnes in the backfield, Dorogy has a little more freedom in his passing routes.

“I am primarily a slot guy who runs good routes and can gain separation,” Dorogy said. “Training camp went well and Jordan and I work to stay on the same page.”

Dorogy is more than just a reliable pass catcher. In a game against Pine-Richland earlier this season, he picked off a throw to give the Raiders an extra possession.

In addition to the interception, Dorogy showed great resilience after dropping the first pass thrown his way. He responded with a touchdown catch and the interception.

“I just want to help the team any way I can,” Dorogy said. “I even ask to play on special teams … our goal is to get to Heinz Field. We want it badly.”

Dorogy knows what it takes to win a WPIAL title — he did it last spring as a member of the baseball team. He said he can contribute some advice but added that football is a different experience from baseball.

For the present, Dorogy said the offense has to continue to work fast. The offense has been clicking for the most part, but according to Dorogy the defense is the most improved unit.

“Their improvement has allowed us to get to the next level,” he said. “This season, our scout team has the No. 1s going against the No. 1s. That really helps us improve for the coming game.”

Being a two-sport star, Dorogy has to train a little differently from season to season. He makes stretching before bed part of that training, and he eats pasta the night before a game to help keep up his energy level. He said he always tries to sneak in a nap before the game.

With all the preparation and practice, Dorogy said there always are some nerves leading up to kickoff. But once the ball is kicked, and he runs past the student section, any anxiety goes by the wayside.

“Our student section is the biggest it has been (in recent years) and they are so loud.” Dorogy said.

Although his play speaks for itself, Dorogy knows he can't reach all his goals on his own. So, he mentors the future stars by working with them and advising them before and during the season.

“I remind them that it happens before it happens,” he told them. “Practice, training camp, lifting … Friday night is fun, but to be successful, you have to be prepared.”

He wants nothing more than for the young players to have the same kind of success he has enjoyed, like snagging his first touchdown catch at home.

“It was a swing pass against Norwin last year,” Dorogy said. “Jordan threw it to me and the student section started chanting my name.”

Dorogy believes the Raiders have to continue to run what they run if they want to make this a dream season.

“We have to do what we do, our assignments, better than they do theirs,” he said.

Dorogy said coach Don Holl has a military background (Naval Academy), and that attention to detail may be the difference this season.

“It has to be perfect with him,” Dorogy said. “Little things matter.”

Jerry Clark is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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