Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Made for Tv: Teams Contend with Obstacle

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Made for Tv: Teams Contend with Obstacle

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Thursday night high school football games can typically throw a wrench into a coach's weekly preparation plan.

That was the case for Seneca Valley's Don Holl and Pine- Richland's Eric Kasperowicz this week as the Northern Eight Conference coaches primed their Class AAAA teams for this week's matchup, which will be televised live on Root Sports tonight.

Featured as the McDonald's High School Football Game of the Week, Seneca Valley will travel to Pine Township to face the Rams in a conference showdown at 7 p.m. at Pine-Richland Football Stadium.

"There is a little adjustment you have to make," Holl said. "All of our players get into a routine, but we also have a Thursday routine. At the end of the day, you just have to prepare and go about getting ready for your opponents.

"The kids understand the significance of events and the countdown needed to prepare. The difference is we're moving it up a day."

Kasperowicz, who is in his first year as a head coach at Pine- Richland, shared the same feelings toward the adjustment.

"It's tough," he said. "We're shortened a whole day of preparation. Everything is bumped up a day. Anytime you change your routine it's a challenge, but we're definitely looking forward to the opportunity."

Pine-Richland has not beaten Seneca Valley since 2010 when the Rams earned a 37-29 decision. Last year, the Raiders topped Pine- Richland, 50-26.

"To us, this is just another football game against a quality opponent," Kasperowicz said. "We just have to show up and play a good game."

The Raiders enter this contest after a 28-3 conference route against Butler last week.

"We were a little ragged on both sides of the ball," Holl said. "We had two turnovers, but at the end of the day it was one of those games where neither team executed cleanly.

"We did some things very well. We played well on defense and kept them out of the end zone, which is encouraging."

First-year quarterback T.J. Holl, who is a son of the coach, rushed for two touchdowns against the Golden Tornado. Running back Mason Dehart also had scoring runs of 1 and 7 yards for the Raiders.

"Seneca Valley is a quality opponent, which is always well coached," Kasperowicz said. …

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