Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Central Catholic Trips Seneca Valley

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Central Catholic Trips Seneca Valley

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Seneca Valley gave the Central Catholic Vikings all they could handle at Highmark Stadium Friday night, but it wasn't enough to pull off what would have been a stunning upset.

The Class 6A No. 2 Vikings (4-1, 3-0) fell behind early in the Northern Seven Conference battle, then came back to hold the Raiders (1-3, 1-2) off late in a 28-20 victory. Central has won four games in a row following a crushing 40-7 defeat against Erie Cathedral Prep in its season opener.

The Vikings struck first on a 24-yard touchdown pass from Troy Fisher to Jordan Rheingrover in the first quarter, but the Raiders quickly tied it on a 75-yard scoring strike from Gabe Lawson to Jake Bunofsky. Luke Smith caught a 4-yard touchdown from Lawson to give Seneca Valley a 14-7 second-quarter lead, but Central took over from there.

Khalil Weathers tied the score on a 23-yard touchdown run, then Gavin Thomson tacked on a 42-yard punt return for a score, allowing the Vikings to take a 21-14 lead by halftime. Neither team scored in the third quarter, but Weathers found the end zone again in the fourth -- this time from seven yards out -- to make it a 28-14. Noah Mancuso added a 13-yard touchdown run for Seneca Valley.

Central now heads into one of the most anticipated matchups of the season next week against Pine Richland in a battle for Class 6A supremacy. The Class 6A No. 1 Rams remained undefeated after a 54-20 rout against Bethel Park.

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