The big time WPIAL northern conference matchup went in the favor of Seneca Valley Friday as the visiting Raiders defeated the North Hills Indians, 40-26.
The first half featured tons of excitement, highlighted by a 90-yard kick return touchdown from the Indians' Jordan Blackmon. The junior wide receiver also scored on a 28-yard touchdown run before being injured midway through the second quarter. He did not return to the game.
The other North Hills touchdown came on a Josh Hulbert 43-yard catch from quarterback Brian Johnson.
For the Raiders, Jordan Brown and Forrest Barnes each put in phenomenal games. Brown threw for two touchdowns and finished the night with 205 passing yards.
Barnes, who scored his 16th, 17th, and 18th touchdowns of the season Friday, racked up 156 rushing yards on 29 carries.
The Indians scored another touchdown in the second half on a Kevin Koch fumble recovery.
Koch, who scored his second career varsity touchdown—and first on defense—picked up a loose fumble and ran for 78 yards for the touchdown.
Penalties were the killer for North Hills Friday. The Indians had 12 penalties, which added up to close to 100 yards in yardage. North Hills had multiple chances to tie the game up. Friday's loss is the team's first since week two against Central Catholic.
The Raiders advance to 6-1 and the Indians fall to 5-2 in the Northern Eight Conference. Seneca Valley hosts Bethel Park next week. North Hills travels to Pine Richland.
For a photo gallery of the game, and to learn more about the bet between North Hills Patch Editor Rich Cook and Cranberry Patch Editor Jessica Sinichak, click here.