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Seneca Valley nips Baldwin @bw_highlander @SV_Sports @SVRaiderFB @Seneca_Valley

Written by: on Saturday, October 17th, 2020

 

Nolan Dworek scored the game-winning touchdown for Seneca Valley.

It wasn’t pretty, but Seneca Valley will gladly take it.

Nolan Dworek’s 10-yard touchdown run in overtime gave the Raiders a hard-fought 19-16 win over Baldwin Saturday afternoon at NexTier Stadium.

“I give Baldwin credit. They had a great gameplan and played well against us,” said Seneca Valley head coach Ron Butschle. “

In the first quarter, overtime looked like heresy as Connor Lyczek took the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Connor Lyczek added an interception on defense.

“Connor played outstanding today,” said Butschle. “He was all over the field in the secondary, and no doubt gave us boost when he took that kickoff back.”

Dworek then broke loose for a 30-yard touchdown run with 2:21 to play in the first quarter. Dworek had a big game rushing for a game-high 114 yards on 18 carries.

Both defenses settled in for the remainder of the game.

Baldwin cut the lead to 13-6 in the second quarter following a Raiders fumble when Connor Lavelle hauled in a 6-yard touchdown pass from Colton Brain with 8:47 to play in half.

 

“I don’t know how many times we shot ourselves in the foot,” said Butschle. “With the penalties and turnovers, it was ridiculous. You can’t take points off the board with penalties and be in third and forever situations.”

Lavelle had a big game for Highlanders with eight catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. He also had an interception on defense and 11 yards rushing.

Seneca Valley held its lead until Brain scored on a 1-yard run with 1:35 to play. Colton Brain completed passes of 20 yards to Nick Petrilli and 34 yards to Chris Robbins before Brain scored two plays later.

“I give the Seneca Valley players and coaches a lot of credit,” said Baldwin head coach Tim Sweeney. “Our kids battled them, I told our kids I couldn’t be more proud even if we had won that football game.”

Colton Brain completed 16-of-26 passes for 190 yards and a touchdown.

Baldwin had a chance to win the game when Keith Mincin intercepted Brian Olan with just under a minute, giving the Highlanders the ball around midfield.

Baldwin was only able to move the football to the Raiders 35-yard line. The 42-yard field goal attempt came up short, sending the contest into overtime.

“Getting back in this game showed the character of this team and these kids,” said Sweeney. “They believe in the things we’re teaching them, and they know it’s a four-quarter game.

Seneca Valley won the toss and elected to go on defense.

Back-to-back sacks set up a 3rd-and-goal from the 19-yard line. Brain connected with Evan Lavelle to set up the go-ahead 27-yard field goal.

“Our defense did a hell of a job tonight,” said Butschle. “We didn’t do those guys favors with field position.

Having not scored in quarters, the Raiders had enough, and Dworek took an off-tackle handoff untouched for a 10-yard score to win the game and bring Seneca Valley’s record to 4-1.

 

“A win is a win. We’re happy to get it, and we’ll be ready to move on to next week,” said Butschle.

Game Highlights:

 

Seneca Valley 19 Baldwin 16

Score by Quarters

Baldwin – 0 6 0 7 3 – 16

Seneca Valley – 13 0 0 0 6 – 19

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

SV – Connor Lyczek 90 yd kickoff return, (Adam Davies pat), 11:45

SV – Nolan Dworek 30 yd run, (kick blocked), 2:21

Second Quarter

B – Connor Lavelle 6 yd pass from Colton Brain, (kick blocked), 8:47

Fourth Quarter

B- Brain 1 yd run, (kick good), 1:35

Overtime

B – #41 27 yd field goal

SV – Dworek 10 yd run

Individual Stats: Rushing – Baldwin – Kameron Allen 8-28, Connor Lavelle 2-11, Evan Lavelle 1-11, Luke Loeffert 9-15, Jacob 1-1, Colton Brain 16-(-36). Totals: 37-30. Seneca Valley – Nolan Dworek 18-114, Brian Olan 7-(-22), Team 2-(-20). Totals: 27-72.

Passing: Baldwin – Colton Brain 16-for-26, 190 yards, 1 touchdown. Seneca Valley – Brian Olan 8-for-17, 68 yards, 3 interceptions.

Receiving: Baldwin – Connor Lavelle 8-77, Evan Lavelle 3-26, Luke Loeffert 1-4 Kameron Allen 2-29, Nick Petrilli 1-20, Chris Robbins 1-34. Seneca Valley – Mitchell Curran 2-34, Connor Lyczek 2-16, Josh Miller 1-16, Luke Lawson 1-7, Nolan Dworek 1-(-3), Aiden Lyczek 1-5.

Interceptions: Baldwin – Connor Lavelle, Chris Robbins, Keith Mincin. Seneca Valley – Connor Lyczek.

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