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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Seneca Valley running back Forrest Barnes swears that the cheers of "Run, Forrest, Run" don't bother him at all.

"Actually, it motivates me," he said. "I go out onto the field with the confidence that I'm one of the fastest out there. Why not show them a modern-day version of what the 'Run, Forest, Run' looks like?"

Recently timed in the 100-meter dash at 10.88 seconds, Barnes is a dual threat out of the backfield. He was the sixth-leading rusher in WPIAL Class AAAA last season and also led the Raiders in receptions. It also doesn't hurt that his best games came against McKeesport (230 rushing yards, four touchdowns) and Penn Hills (11 catches for 113 yards and a TD).

"He bounces off a lot of tackles you wouldn't think a medium-sized guy would," Seneca Valley coach Don Holl said. "He's a good change-of-direction guy, a powerful kid who runs ridiculously fast. He was super productive for us. That doesn't always translate (to college), but he can catch the ball, run the ball and get to the house."

Because of his size, Barnes also is receptive to playing receiver. He is drawing interest from Pitt, Illinois, N.C. State, Syracuse and Temple, as well as Harvard and Princeton.

"I want to go as a running back," he said, "but I'll play in the slot or wing back, wherever I can get the ball in space."

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