TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Seneca Valley runs past Fox Chapel

TribLIVE Sports Videos

Top high school sports
By D.j. Vasil
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, 12:22 a.m.
 

Seneca Valley senior running back Forrest Barnes rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half, as Class AAAA No. 5 Seneca Valley defeated Fox Chapel, 54-15, in a Quad North game Friday night at the James A. Burk Complex.

Seneca Valley (8-1, 6-1) will compete in the WPIAL playoffs for just the 10th time since the school was formed in 1964.

Barnes carried 16 times, highlighted by a 92-yard run in the final minute of the first half.

“He's really talented,” said Seneca Valley coach Don Holl, a former coach at Kiski Area. “We knew that, and we caught them in some looks that we thought were favorable to run in. When he gets the ball and has a chance to break out, it's hard to catch him.”

Fox Chapel (1-8, 1-6) fell victim to Seneca Valley's no-huddle offense, giving up 502 yards — 384 in the first half. The Foxes were haunted by big plays, allowing seven of 20 or more yards.

“The no-huddle wasn't the issue,” Fox Chapel coach Eric Ravotti said. “The issue was it's a good offense. Whether they went back and huddled up or not, it was irrelevant to me. The aspect of how talented they are offensively and defensively is what makes them a force.”

With the score 19-0 after Seneca Valley junior defensive lineman Steven Gaviglia intercepted Fox Chapel quarterback Brandon Mitchell and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown, the Foxes needed a spark. They found it in junior running back Nigel Garnett.

One play after the turnover, Garnett took the handoff and sprinted 64 yards for a touchdown. Garnett wasn't done. He later scored on a 2-yard run with 4:40 left to make it 54-15. Garnett finished with 82 yards on nine carries.

“He was an all-conference performer last year,” Ravotti said. “He's better than he was last year, and he gives us an offensive spark. We need more players like that.”

D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Steelers receiver Heyward-Bey looks to make most of chance
  2. Steelers know fast start could be key to upcoming season
  3. W.Va. smoking ban a strong precedent, advocates say
  4. Steelers formalize practice squad
  5. Scientists dismiss dire outlook for Western Pennsylvania winter weather
  6. Former Clairton, Pitt cornerback Coles enrolls at Duquesne
  7. Rossi: Cole perfect pitcher to start pivotal series for Pirates
  8. New Ohiopyle park manager ready for big challenge that comes with job
  9. Western Pennsylvania workers’ names echo different career paths
  10. Northampton man has four major drug arrests in Western Pa. since 2009
  11. Shadyside’s A Fair in the Park arts-and-crafts fest marks ‘benchmark year’
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.