SIDMAN - In football, teams do not get credit for style points. The only thing that matters is the final score.
That proved to be true Friday night. Bishop Guilfoyle had more penalties than first downs and managed only 135 yards of total offense, but took advantage of five Forest Hills turnovers to earn a 14-0 road victory.
"Forest Hills is a really good football team, and they played extremely hard tonight," BG coach Justin Wheeler said. "They gave us everything we could handle, but I'm proud of our kids. We hung in there. Defensively, we played a terrific game. Offensively, we had our moments of trouble, but we hung in it and got some points when we needed to."
The key play of the first half came on the second possession for the Rangers. Forest Hills drove the ball deep into Marauders territory. On third down from the BG 26-yard line, Rangers quarterback Joe Donoughe threw a high pass to Doltyn Snedden. Snedden juggled the pass trying to pull it in, but D.J. Kitt grabbed the ball out of the air and return the ball 35 yards to the Rangers' 39 yard line. Not only did the interception stop the Rangers' drive, but the play was the final one for Donoughe, who sat out the rest of the game with an injury.
BG made the most of the opportunity. Sam McCloskey spearheaded a scoring drive of eight plays to give the Marauders the lead. McCloskey carried the ball five times during the drive, including the final 5 yards. Andrew Logue's kick gave BG a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter.
With Donoughe in the game, the Rangers had five first downs on their first two possessions. However, with Donoughe out of the game, Forest Hills managed only three first downs the remainder of the game.
"The offense struggled a lot because of the loss of Joe," said Forest Hills coach Don Bailey. "Joe is such a big part of our game plan with his speed and his ability to get outside. Once we lost him early, it took away a lot of what we wanted to do. Tyler Shima did a good job of coming in, but we had to ask too much of him. We didn't play that well offensively, anyway. Our line, I thought, got beat all night long."
Just like in the first half, a BG interception turned the tide in the second half. The Marauders were pinned deep for their first two possessions of the third quarter, allowing Forest Hills to slowly gain field position and momentum. However, on the Rangers' third possession of the second half, Shima rolled right toward the sideline while being chased by a group of Marauders. Shima tried to squeeze a pass in along the sideline, but Kitt stepped in front of the pass and made a juggling interception while keeping his toes inbounds to give BG the ball near midfield.
"D.J. Kitt, our outside linebacker, played a phenomenal game tonight," said Wheeler. "He made that great interception. He had two tonight. He just did a great job. He really gave us the momentum back on our side."
Guilfoyle did not score on the possession, but the interception changed field position and momentum. BG punted to pin the Rangers deep and quickly forced a Forest Hills punt. Two plays later, Brandon Chadbourn found Damon Rickens running wide open in the Rangers' secondary for a 53-yard scoring strike that gave the Marauders a 14-0 lead.
"We ran a slant pass a couple of times and saw their safeties come up a little bit," Wheeler said. "We said, 'let's run a quick slant, fake it, and go deep.' The quarterback ran it and threw a great pass, and Damon Rickens made a great catch."
Statistically, neither team stood out. Forest Hills had nine penalties, seven punts, five turnovers and only seven first downs. The Rangers managed only 153 yards of offense. Bishop Guilfoyle punted nine times, had eight penalties for 60 yards and only seven first downs. The Marauders were held to 56 yards rushing and 97 yards passing, 53 of the yards coming on the Rickens touchdown reception.
Bishop Guilfoyle0 7 0 7 - 14
Forest Hills0 0 0 0 - 0
BG-McCloskey 5 run (Logue kick), 9:06.
BG-Rickens 53 pass from Chadbourn (Logue kick), 11:50.
RUSHING: Bishop Guilfoyle-Rossman 10-26, McCloskey 11-16, Chadbourn 10-15, Kitt 5-3, Irwin 1-3, Little 1-0, team 1-(-1). Forest Hills-Dell 10-37, Shima 4-21, Pinkas 4-14, Wieczorek 1-1, Donoughe 4-(-17).
PASSING: Bishop Guilfoyle-Chadbourn 3-9-0-63, Rickens 1-1-0-11. Forest Hills-Donoughe 5-6-1-66, Shima 3-14-2-31.
RECEIVING: Bishop Guilfoyle-Rickens 1-53, Nardelli 1-11, Irwin 2-10. Forest Hills-Shope 4-52, Blough 2-24, Dell 1-12, Shima 1-9.
INTERCEPTIONS: Bishop Guilfoyle-Kitt 2, Chadbourn. Forest Hills-none.