A matchup of unbeaten, top-10 teams was as close as expected last night as visiting second-ranked Springbrook came away with a 16-15 victory over 10th-ranked Seneca Valley.
Springbrook (4-0) had it problems against a Screaming Eagles defense that had not allowed a point in its first three games. Seneca Valley (3-1) got through the Blue Devils line for four sacks.
The Screaming Eagles had ample chances for an upset. They were penalized nine times for 60 yards and had two drives falter inside the 5-yard line.
Seneca Valley drove 36 yards in five plays with quarterback J.C. Lee (10 for 19 passes, 89 yards), hitting Darren Tibbs for a 20-yard touchdown with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter to go ahead, 13-6.
With time winding down in the third period it was the Blue Devils' turn. They went 70 yards in six plays with senior running back Leonard Green scoring from the 6 that to make it 13-13 with 2:57 remaining.
After a fumble, the Blue Devils got the ball back on the Eagles 26 but settled for Michael Gillespie's 37-yard, fourth-quarter field goal that put them ahead, 16-13.
The Blue Devils got possession again in their territory and with fourth down and 11 quarterback Anthony Sawyer ran out of the end zone for a safety, making the score 16-15 with 3:23 left.
"They really did not have a good field goal kicker," said Blue Devils Coach Bob Milloy. "I wanted to give my guys a free kick and play defense."
The Eagles went 36 yards in 10 plays but fell short on a 37-yard field goal attempt.
"It was two great teams going teams going against each other," said Seneca Valley Coach Terry Changuris. "I think you can point to Springbrook for keeping their composure."
After taking the game's opening kickoff the Eagles went 60 yards in 14 plays for the first score as Randy Cook ran it in from the six.
With 9:30 remaining in the first half the Eagles' Melvin Brown fumbled on the 4-yard line. On the next play the Blue Devils ran a flea-flicker, with Sawyer hitting Gillespie for a 96-yard reception, making the score 7-6 after the conversion pass failed.