Kelly Hagerty played an instrumental role both offensively and defensively in Seneca Valley's second straight victory, a 10-3 upset over third-ranked Churchill Saturday in a Montgomery AA football game at Churchill.
"He's been a star for us every game this season," said Seneca Valley Coach Al Thomas, whose team is 3-1. "He's a two-way player and its hard to say what position he plays best. He's truly a great athlete. But I like him on defense, because we are a defensive-oriented team. What makes him good is the high level of intensity he manages to keep throughout the game."
Hagerty kept Churchill's defense busy as he rushed for a game-high 101 yards on 20 carries. Listed at 6 feet 1 and 180 pounds, the senior fullback also made a key block on a play that allowed Jim Signora to pass 63 yards to Dennis Reighard for the game's only touchdown late in the third quarter.
Hagerty proved most effective on defense. The linebacker recorded 14 unassisted tackles and had one quarterback sack.
"I feel that our team has really hit its stride and we are going to be tough to beat," said Hagerty, who also is a member of the school's honor roll society. "Our defense has really played well this year."