ROARING SPRING -Don Bailey has been coaching football at Forest Hills High School for 39 years and has had more than his share of success.
Saturday night, Bailey's Rangers took on another area coaching veteran, Central's Dave Baker, who also has been on the sidelines more than 30 years.
Baker spent most of his years at Class A Williamsburg and last night was the first time the two long-time coaches were ever across the field from each other. It probably won't be the last because both of their teams have talented underclassmen.
With sophomore quarterback Joe Donoughe passing for 200 yards and a touchdown, Forest Hills upended Central, 21-7, in a District 6 Class AA quarterfinal match at the Roaring Spring Athletic Field.
"They were a little bit bigger than us up front," Bailey said, "and we thought we'd have a hard time running.
"We wanted to throw the ball, sprint out a lot and we did, and Joe [Donoughe] had a very good game," Bailey said. "Our receivers caught most of his passes."
That was an understatement.
Only a sophomore, the 6-foot Donoughe completed 19-of-27 tosses for 200 yards and his accuracy to Jared Shope and Doltyn Snedden enabled the Rangers to control the clock most of the night. FH had 57 offensive plays - 37 rushes and 20 passes - while Central's offense, which entered the game averaging an area-best 42.2 points a game, was limited to only 33 plays - 20 rushes and 13 passes.
Zac Emerick's interception at the Central 39 late in the first quarter led to the Scarlet Dragons' lone score - a 1-yard blast by Todd Slick in the first minute of the second period.
Junior QB Austin Cunningham and junior running back Bradi Moore hooked up for a 38-yard pass-run to the FH 13 and Moore then swept left end and was pushed out of bounds short of the goal. Slick scored on the next play.
Central fans didn't have much to cheer about the rest of the night, though. Donoughe connected with Snedden on four straight passes for 54 yards and Shawn Dell scored from the 3 to tie the game at 7-all.
Later in the half, Forest Hills went 61 yards in 14 plays, eating up more than five minutes, with Donoughe scoring on a 1-yard sneak for a 14-7 halftime lead.
The Rangers picked right up after intermission and needed only five plays to hike their lead to 21-7 early in the third quarter. Dell rambled 29 yards on the first play of the third quarter and that led to a 10-yard Donoughe-to-Shope pass for the TD.
"[Donoughe] got hurt the first play of the second half against Guilfoyle [a loss] and missed the next two games," Bailey said of his quarterback. "We won one and lost one.
"It was important for us to run time off the clock because [Central] is so explosive," he said. "The quarterback [Cunningham] had big numbers and the tailback [Moore] had big numbers, so give credit to our defense because they played an outstanding game."
Now 8-3, Forest Hills will visit No. 2 seed Ligonier Valley in a semifinal game next Saturday.
Central finished 8-3, and, although disappointed with last night's outcome, Baker praised Forest Hills.
"They were good," Baker said. "That quarterback [Donoughe] was excellent and they made all the catches. They made the plays that won the game."
Baker said he wasn't surprised the Rangers threw the ball as much as they did.
"We felt that was what their game was," he said. "They didn't run for a lot of effect ... only once in a while.
"We had seen that [passing game] was their method, and once they got ahead, they ran the ball a little more and ate up the clock more"
Baker was disappointed the Dragons couldn't do more offensively.
"We couldn't sustain our running," he said, "and we weren't able to complete short passes."
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Forest Hills0 14 7 0 - 21
Central0 7 0 0 - 7
C-Slick 1 run (Helsel kick), 11:07.
FH-Dell 3 run (Dumm kick), 7:16.
FH-Donoughe 1 run (Dumm kick), :44.3
FH-Shope 10 pass from Donoughe (Dumm kick), 9:53.
RUSHING: Forest Hills-Dell 14-57, Wieczorek 9-29, Shope 1-8, Donoughe 13-(-3). Central-Cunningham 7-41, Slick 3-23, Moore 7-16, Conrath 2-4, TEAM 1-(-26).
PASSING: Forest Hills-Donoughe 19-27-0-200, Shope 1-1-0-5. Central-Cunningham 7-13-2-88.
RECEIVING: Forest Hills-Shope 9-89, Snedden 7-94, Ivock 1-11, Dell 1-6, Donoughe 1-5, Shere 1-(-1). Central-Moore 3-51, Conrath 2-22, Croft 1-10, Kreider 1-5.
INTERCEPTIONS: Forest Hills-Shope, Snedden. Central-Emerick.