SIDMAN - Central Cambria's Will Seymour got the better of Forest Hills's Joe Donoughe in a shootout between two of the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference's top quarterbacks Friday night as the visiting Red Devils topped the Rangers 39-22.
Both signal callers put up huge numbers. Seymour rushed for a game-high 155 yards and three touchdowns while completing 15 of 18 passes for 149 yards and one score, and Donoughe completed 18 of 38 throws for 322 yards and two touchdowns. Donoughe added 50 yards rushing and another score, but six Ranger turnovers, including four interceptions, made the difference as the Red Devils won their fifth in a row to improve to 5-1.
"Our defense bent but didn't break," said Red Devil head coach Bill Corrente. "Hats off to these guys, they played their hearts out." "We overcame injuries and adversity, and I'm really excited for our seniors."
Forest Hills (3-3) came up short on four red zone opportunities. "There's a reason that team is 5-1," said Ranger head coach Don Bailey. "They outplayed us up front." "We're missing eight starters due to injury and they dominated our offensive and defensive lines." "We couldn't stop them."
Central Cambria grabbed an early double-digit lead on a Colby Crimmins 28-yard field goal and Seymour's 8-yard touchdown run, but the Rangers closed to within 3 when Donoughe connected with Ian Wieczorek on a 58-yard scoring pass and then ran in a 2-point conversion.
Seymour then finished a 67-yard drive with an 11-yard score to make it 18-8, but Donoughe answered for Forest Hills with a 52-yard strike to Quinn DiFlauro and a conversion toss to Tyler Shima that cut the deficit to two at the 8:49 mark of the second quarter.
The Rangers squandered two chances to go ahead before halftime as a fumbled snap was lost at the Devil 9 and a 13-play drive ended on downs at the Central Cambria 17 in the final minute.
Kerry Kirsch, who finished with 102 yards on the ground for Central Cambria, scored from 12 yard out on the opening drive of the third quarter. Kirsch's 41-yard burst later set up a 22-yard touchdown pass from Seymour to Tanner Ambrisco that put the Devils up 32-16 going into the final period.
Donoughe brought the Rangers within 32-22 when he dashed 26 yards for a score on fourth-and 15 with just under seven minutes remaining in the game, but Central Cambria's Ryan Duman returned the ensuing squib kick 38 yards and two plays later Seymour bulled in from the 1 for his third touchdown to effectively put the contest away.
The Devils host Bishop Guilfoyle on Friday while the Rangers travel to Penn Cambria.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Central Cambria11 7 14 7-39
Forest Hills8 8 0 6-22
CC-Crimmins 28 FG, 8:58
CC-Seymour 8 run (Leary pass from Zearing), 2:03
FH-Wieczorek 58 pass from Donoughe (Donoughe run), 1:09
CC-Seymour 11 run (Crimmins kick), 11:00
FH-DiFlauro 52 pass from Donoughe (Shima pass from Donoughe), 8:49
CC-Kirsch 12 run (Crimmins kick), 9:56
CC-Ambrisco 22 pass from Seymour (Crimmins kick), 3:53
FH-Donoughe 26 run (pass failed), 6:50
CC-Seymour 1 run (Crimmins kick), 6:17
RUSHING: Central Cambria-Seymour 24-155, Kirsch 9-102, Pennington 3-21, Bauer 2-12, Duman 2-24, TEAM 1-(-22). Forest Hills-Blough 8-4, Donoughe 9-50, Wieczorek 2-1, Ohler 1-2.
PASSING: Central Cambria-Seymour 15-18-1-149. Forest Hills-Donoughe 18-38-4-322.
RECEIVING: Central Cambria-Ambrisco 10-93, Leary 1-7, Adams 2-25, Young 2-24. Forest Hills-Blough 7-91, Wieczorek 4-76, Shima 4-62, Ohler 2-41, DiFlauro 1-52.
INTERCEPTIONS: Central Cambria: Magley 2-0, Zearing 1-11, Young 1-0. Forest Hills-Blough 1-0.
First downs 2014