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Erie McDowell – Seneca Valley Preview

Written by: on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

The Game: Erie McDowell (10 AAAA) @ Seneca Valley (7 AAAA)

 

Date: Thursday, Sept. 4, from Seneca Valley High School in Harmony, PA

 

2008 Record: Erie McDowell (1-0), Seneca Valley (0-1)

 

About Erie McDowell: A new coach in Mark Soboleski, a new offense in the triple-option, and a new position for D-1 prospect AJ Fenton, who switched from running back to quarterback.  It all equaled zero problem for the Trojans, which thumped arch-rival Erie Cathedral Prep 43-23 last Friday at Veterans Stadium.

 

Fenton ran for 158 yards and four touchdowns, and tailback Alex Schmude added 17 rushes for 215 yards and a touchdown.  McDowell ran for nearly 400 yards in the game, and enters this game with more than just two potent running threats, but also an offensive line that averages 231 pounds per man.

 

The Trojan defense, which held the Rambler spread offense to just a first-half field goal, features junior linebacker Kasey Gallagher (14 tackles, sack), cornerback Zach Greenawalt (13 tackles) and senior defensive end Brad Gore (11 tackles, 9 solo).

 

McDowell played a Northern Five conference schedule the last two seasons, but, after Seneca Valley this week, plays the entire Foothills Conference in non-league games until a Week 10 match-up with Bishop McDevitt.

 

About Seneca Valley: Despite a teachers strike last fall, Seneca Valley football completed one of the best regular seasons in recent memory and qualified for the WPIAL playoffs with a 6-3 record.  While the Raiders finished over-.500, they also allowed more points to opponents than they scored themselves (SV- 208, Opp. – 241), a feat accomplished by just a handful of WPIAL teams last season.

 

The Raiders return blue-chip quarterback CJ Brown, who threw for over 1,560 yards and 11 touchdowns last season.  He got off to a quick start in 2008, throwing for 301 yards on 21 completions in a 17-14 loss to Norwin, a game in which the Raiders trailed 14-0 at one point.  Brown’s favorite pass-catcher, senior wide receiver Matt Plautz, hauled in eight passes last week for 141 yards.  Expect this tandem to hook up early and often against McDowell.

 

One glaring stat from SV’s loss was that the Raiders, which finished with 364 total yards of offense, only ran for 63 yards on the night.  Will Seneca Valley find enough of a running game to keep the Trojan defense off-balance?

 

This game is also FSN-Pittsburgh’s inaugural Thursday night showcase game for the 2008 season.

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