With some versatile athletes, Seneca Valley starts fast but runs into challenge tonight


Some believe playing basketball in the winter will keep an athlete from becoming a better football player. At Seneca Valley, it seems to have helped.

Technically, the Raiders are the highest-scoring team in the WPIAL’s two largest classifications. OK, so they’ve only played once so far — a game in which they hung 48 points on a rebuilding Peters Township in Week 1 — but it was an offensive outburst all the same for a team that features four basketball players as major contributors and one who could develop into one.

Quarterback Jack Cook, a starter since his sophomore year in basketball, tossed touchdown passes last week to Payton Skalos, Jake Bunofsky and Jake Holl, all of whom play both sports with Cook.

Seneca Valley's scout-team offense practiced at times Tuesday without a football. It was one technique used by Dave Vestal and his first-year staff at Seneca Valley in the three days they had to prepare the Raiders for the most successful option offense in the WPIAL. No. 10 seed Seneca Valley (5-4) visits No. 7 McKeesport (8-1) at 7:30 p.m., Friday in the first round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs.

November 4, 2015

Seneca Valley builds confidence in advance of WPIAL playoffs

Oct. 29, 2015



Seneca Valley has built some confidence heading into the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs.

Monday Night Lights

Sept. 15, 2015

Listen to the podcast of Monday Night Lights on TribLIVE Radio at the Sports Grille in Cranberry. The show features the Trib’s Kevin Gorman and Chris Harlan and special guests in the Seneca Valley Raiders, with coach Dave Vestal and senior captains Cody Boozel,Zach Wilson, Corey Lasky and Corbin Kessler and junior QB Jack Cook:

Seneca Valley lineman commits to Central Florida


Seneca Valley lineman Tyler Hudanick committed to Central Florida on Sunday while visiting the FBS school's Orlando campus.

A 6-foot-5, 295-pound senior tackle, Hudanick was an all-conference offensive lineman in the Quad North and was a member of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Terrific 25.

Rivals.com ranks Hudanick as the 34th-best recruit in the state.

Vestal ready for challenge at Seneca Valley

“Things happen for a reason,” Vestal said. “It just seems like this fell into place. I feel like there's a reason I'm the head coach at Seneca Valley. I feel like it's the right reason.”

Northern 8 All Conference Selections


Congratulations to the following SV Raiders:

1st Team All Conference:  Tyler Hudanick, Corbin Kessler

2nd Team All Conference:  Eric Mrkonja, Mason Dehart, T.J. Holl

Honorable Mention:  Matt Schmitt



The scoop: Seneca Valley had a rough season (2-7), but Hudanick was certainly a bright spot. Considered one of the best offensive linemen in the WPIAL. Opposing coaches said he was dominant at times.

Oct. 9, 2014

Click on Picture to read more.

Seneca Valley QB one of several stepping in for injured stars in Week 2

Sept. 5, 2014

When the Seneca Valley coaching staff told him to get ready to go in at quarterback late in the season opener, junior Corbin Kessler still had receiver gloves on his hands and tape wrapped around his wrists.


Click on picture to read more.

Seneca Valley tackle looking for big things from self, team

Aug. 23, 2014

Tyler Hudanek has 20 college offers before he has even taken a snap in his senior season, but he won't allow the fact he is in demand to inflate his ego.


Click on picture to read more.

HSFB preview by position: Transition to defensive line no easy task

Aug. 17, 2014

Tyler Hudanick's future could be offense. The Seneca Valley senior has shown an ability to block, and his 6-foot-5, 290-pound frame certainly makes him big enough to play tackle.


Click on picture to read more.

PA Football News Pre-Season State Rankings

Aug. 24, 2014

Your Seneca Valley Raider Football team is ranked #8 in the state!


Click on the picture to read more.

July 2, 2014

Brandon Fusco, 25, a 2007 Seneca Valley graduate who plays guard for the Minnesota Vikings, never loses sight of how blessed he feels each day to be playing in the NFL.


Click on picture to read more.

Please reload