North Allegheny – Seneca Valley Preview
Written by: Billy Splain on Wednesday, September 24th, 2008
The Game: North Allegheny (7 AAAA) @ Seneca Valley (7 AAAA)
Date: Friday, Sept. 26, 2008, from NexTier Stadium in Harmony
2008 Record: North Allegheny (2-2), Seneca Valley (3-1)
Pittsburgh Sports Weekly week 5 game of the week will have a lot to live up to after one amazing game in week 4, with Central Catholic edging out Upper St. Clair 10-9, but enough about this week lets move forward.
In week 5 Pittsburgh Sports Weekly will settle down into our Conference Play, as for the rest of the season all of our games will be wins needed to get teams in the playoffs. For Week 5 we will hit the road to Harmony, PA and into Raider Country as the # 6 Seneca Valley Raiders (3-1) host the # 7 North Allegheny Tigers (2-2) in this Northern Six Battle.
North Allegheny comes into Friday with some may call “shocking” losses, but in different meanings of the word. In week one the lost to Altoona 28-21, in a game many had the Tigers winning. There second loss came two week ago in week 3 versus Upper St. Clair (3-1), on a last second touchdown pass. The Tigers did get back on the winning side of things last week in a nail bitter 25-22 over North Hills. NA has also managed a win over Mount Lebanon, 37-0 in week 2.
As always the Tigers Offence is the focal point racking up 111 points after just four games. The defense has gave up 78, however also holds a shutout. Quarterback Mike Locke is back for the Tigers who averages 156 yards threw the air per game, and he must after NA lost 1,000-yard-rusher Karl Deciantis, and all-state WR Geuff Greco (who had 7 TD catches and added 12 more on the ground) to graduation last season. This year there leading rusher is none other then Alex Papson, who has 391 yards rushing.
In this game North Allegheny needs to find away to score points in the second half if they want a chance, only averaging 6.3.
For Seneca Valley they come into the game on a three game winning streak after losing to Korwin 17-14 in week one. They have knocked off McDowell, Baldwin, and Knock in consecutive weeks. The Raiders Offence has totaled 135 points in the first three weeks of the season wile there defense has gave up 77.
The field general for the Raiders is 6-4 190 Senior C.J. Brown who has verbally committed to Maryland. He isn’t just the quarterback; he is also the Raiders leading rusher with 320 yards in just four games. His passing stats aren’t to shappy either, 79 of 127 for a WPIAL leading 1,121 yards threw the air. Last Week Brown went 19 of 33 for 246 yards. He also rushed for 101 yards and had carries of 52 and 44 yards. C.J.’s favorite receiver is Matt Plautz the 6’5 210 Senior who has 33 catches for 564 yards and five touchdowns. Last week vs. Knoch Matt also had a great game totaling 149 yards receiving by catching 9 passes to give him the new school record of 84 catches in two seasons.
Brown and Plautz will need to put on a show at NexTier Stadium on Friday Night for da Raiders to come out on top in this one. Listen to the Game at pittsburghsportsweekly.homestead.com
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