Forest Hills runs past Richland as the Rangers beat the Rams
Written by: Raymond Peace on Saturday, September 11th, 2010
The Forest Hills Rangers (2-0) came into Herlinger Field Friday night on a mission, while the Richland Rams (0-2) were having a tough time getting their game plan together. The Ranger controlled the ground game gaining 283 total yards on the ground and beating the Rams 49-6.
Senior Running Back Nick Dudukovich (17 carries 148 yards 3 touchdowns) led the charge for the Rangers, but it was his offensive line that deserves a lot of credit. The line was impressive sealing off blocks and opening the lanes for Dudukovich to run through.
“We wanted to be able to keep the ball out of their hands (the Rams), because they do have an explosive offense,” said Rangers head coach Don Bailey. “They have a lot of ability to score points in a hurry. We tried to run the football and the line did a good job, kept them off the football and kept them off balance. They were putting eight/nine guys in the box, then we opened up a little bit by throwing and that sort of opened up the offense for us.”
The passing attack was led by Junior Quarterback Justin Gdula (10/14 118 yards TD). The Rangers Jared McCombie (4 rec 53 yards TD) gave Gdula a great target to throw to as well, running perfect routes and making athletic plays.
On the defensive end of the ball the Rangers dominated, giving the Rams a total of five turnovers in the game, ending crucial drives for the Rams. Jared Shope, D.J. Berkey, Nick Dudukovich and Jeffery Meyer all pulled down interceptions for the Rangers.
“We adjusted our defense according to their formations,” said Bailey. “We tried to blitz from the inside, tried to cover all the outside gaps and cover deep. Our game plan was not to get beat by the big play.”
The Rams couldn’t get things started offensively and struggled with their pass game. Junior Quarterback Zach Solarcyzk only completed four passes for 82 yards. Sophmore Running Back John Rizzo (11 rushes 68 yards TD) stepped up his game this week; it took gang tackles to bring down the big back. The defense still had run game sniffed out only allowing 139 yards to the Rams as a team.
The defense also struggled only forcing one take away and making the Rangers punt only one time in the game. The lone interception for the Rams was caught by Senior Cornerback Chris Speicher.
“Forest Hills is a very good football team, we played hard, I was proud of our kids effort,” said Rams head coach Brandon Bailey. “We made mistakes and gave them a short field.”
“We have to work on finding our makes and the guys who are making them and prepare for a must win game for us next week,” said Bailey.
Next week the Rams will be on the road next week against the Bedford Bison (1-1). The Bisons won their matchup over Cambria Heights 37-34. As the Forest Hills Rangers will travel to Loretto, Pa to take on the Bishop Carroll Huskies, who defeated the Westmont Hilltoppers 28-7 in Westmont.
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