Seneca Valley kicker Hugo nails 51-yarder
It was a scene right out of “Hoosiers,” with Seneca Valley kicker Will Hugo starring in the role of Jimmy Chitwood.
In the Quad North last Friday night at Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley rallied from a 17-0 deficit in the fourth quarter to within 17-16 with 29 seconds left when coach Don Holl gathered his players around him. Seneca Valley had the ball on the Pine-Richland 34, fourth down.
That’s where Holl picks up the story:
“I said, ‘Do we need to go for it, run a fake or what?’ The kids said, ‘He (Hugo) can do it,’ and Will said, ‘I’ll make it.’
“I said, ‘Then, go win the game.’ ”
And that’s what Hugo did, nailing a school-record 51-yard field goal to beat Pine-Richland, 19-17, and secure a playoff berth for Seneca Valley (4-4, 4-4).
If the Raiders beat Butler on Friday, they will earn the No. 3 Quad North seed in a season where some wondered if Holl, a first-year coach, would win even one game.
Holl tried everything to beat Pine-Richland, including three onside kicks (one worked), a Statue of Liberty play on a 2-point conversion with his team trailing by one (it failed) and a fake punt. His decisions were supported by a strong defense that allowed Pine-Richland only two first downs in the second half.
“I’m no riverboat gambler,” Holl said. “But our guys had played awfully hard, and we just wanted to find a way to win it.”
· Sto-Rox quarterback Paul Jones says his left ankle is “fine,” but he doesn’t know if he will play Friday in the Vikings’ regular-season finale. Jones left his team’s 27-20 loss at Keystone Oaks late in the third quarter last Friday after being sacked. He appeared to hurt his left ankle — the same one he broke in July, forcing him to miss Sto-Rox’s first two games.
“Just my ankle felt weird after the hit,” Jones said.
If there ever was a game for Jones to rest, it would be Friday at home against 1-7 Northgate. The Vikings (6-2, 6-2) are guaranteed the Class AA Century Conference’s third playoff seed, and Jones’ replacement, sophomore quarterback Jordan Latimer, led two fourth-quarter touchdown drives against Keystone Oaks.
11 — Career field goals for Bishop Canevin’s Drake Greer, a school record.
3 — Times this season Hugo has set or broken the school record for the longest field goal.