BG hoping to rebound against Rangers
The Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference schedule can be a very unforgiving one.
Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic coach Justin Wheeler knows all about it. After losing, 42-0 last Saturday to a very talented Richland team, the Marauders will get no reprieve this week. They travel to Sidman tonight for another heavyweight conference matchup against Forest Hills.
Both teams are 5-2, and kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at G.H. Miller Stadium.
The Marauders managed just 84 yards in total offense last week in losing to undefeated Richland.
“We lost to a really good team in Richland, and we’re looking to play a better game — to limit our turnovers, and try to get our offense back on track,” Wheeler said. “Richland is definitely a balanced team, they have good athletes everywhere, and when you play a team like that, you have to play your best game.
“We definitely did not do that, and we’re hoping that we can do that this week against another really good opponent.”
Forest Hills, which has won four straight games, is led by 6-foot-4, 215-pound senior quarterback Adam Cecere, an excellent all-around athlete who has already thrown for 1,601 yards and 11 touchdowns while completing 88 of 176 passes. Additionally, Cecere has rushed for 274 yards on 62 attempts (a 4.4 yards-per-carry average) and nine touchdowns.
Cecere is also an outstanding linebacker who anchors the Forest Hills defense.
“They have a quarterback who is a game-changer in Cecere,” Wheeler said. “He can beat you in multiple ways — throwing, running or playing defense. He is a kid who is a difference-maker on almost every play.
“Trying to contain him in their running game will be a key,” Wheeler said. “He’s so big, and he can make plays on either designed runs or scrambles, and he throws the ball deep and has a couple of receivers he seems to be in sync with.”
Senior wideout Forrest Wolfhope leads the Rangers in receptions with 26 for 546 yards and four touchdowns, while senior slotback Jake Shope has caught 25 passes for 562 yards and three touchdowns.
Senior running back Dylan Fyock has rushed for 400 yards on 63 carries (a 6.3 yards-per-carry average) and five touchdowns this season.
“Adam Cecere has been playing extremely well,” Forest Hills coach Don Bailey said. “He set our school record for passing yards a couple weeks back. He hasn’t thrown any interceptions. He’s playing well offensively and defensively.
“We have two of the top five receivers in the Johnstown area in Forrest Wolfhope and Jake Shope, and they’ve been playing well,” Bailey said. “Our running back, Dylan Fyock, has really improved and he has been a threat on offense.”
Bailey also pointed out that Forest Hills needed to replace several starters on the offensive and defensive lines at the outset of this season, but those units have been coming along well.
“Our offensive and defensive lines are playing better than they had been at the beginning of the season,” Bailey said. “We had to replace three out of our five offensive linemen and four out of our five defensive linemen, but the more experience those players have been getting, the better they have been playing.”
Bailey expects a good battle from Bishop Guilfoyle, whose quarterback, senior Danny Carrieri, has completed 47 of 99 passes for 650 yards and six touchdowns this season. Senior wideout Daniel Potopa, one of the area’s leading receivers, has 22 catches for 412 yards and three touchdowns.
“Bishop Guilfoyle has a great program,” Bailey said. “They’re three-time state champions. I like their quarterback — he throws the ball well, and I’m most impressed by their defense. They play very good defense, and they’re going to be a very worthy opponent for anybody who plays them the rest of the year.”
So will Forest Hills, according to Wheeler.
“They’re an extremely talented team again this year,” Wheeler said of the Rangers. “It’s definitely going to be a tough atmosphere over there in Sidman. It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us.”