Rancocas Valley vs. Seneca football scrimmage

Friday, Aug. 19

Quick slant: Both teams are works in progress as this was a first scrimmage for a pair of squads trying to integrate several new players on both sides of the football. Seneca probably had the better of the action among first-stringers, mainly because the Golden Eagles' defense came up with four takeaways, including three interceptions. One of the INTs was on the first play of the scrimmage, and another one was returned for a Pick Six.

Veteran leader: Seneca senior quarterback J.J. Scarpello, a three-year starter, looked good as he worked with a few new receivers, including his brother, junior Thomas Scarpello. "He's our leader," senior RB/LB Jurelle Watson said of J.J. Scarpello. The left-handed Scarpello showed nice touch on several passes and also gained yardage on keepers on a few zone-read-style plays. Junior WR Kevin Gsell made a nice catch on one of Scarpello's best throws.

Big-play defense: An interception on the first play of the scrimmage. A fumble recovery on the third. That set the tone for a big day for Seneca's defense. The first unit came up with four takeaways, including junior linebacker John Murphy's interception and slick return for touchdown.

R.V. update: The Red Devils have one of South Jersey's most explosive athletes in junior RB/DB Iverson Clement. One of SJ's most recruited players in the class of 2018, Clement carried the football just a handful of times but one of them was a 60-something-yard run around left end for a TD. Senior RB/DB Robert Hawkins also played well for RV.

Young gun: RV has a promising young quarterback in sophomore Bryce Mangene, who made a few good throws but also showed some inexperience. His development will be one of the keys to the Red Devils' season.

Looking ahead: Seneca opens its season Sept. 9 at home vs. Cherry Hill West. RV opens the same night at home vs. Hopewell Valley.

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