Bishop Guilfoyle pulls out victory over Rangers
Coming off two straight losses, Bishop Guilfoyle was in desperate need of a victory on Saturday night against Forest Hills.
For roughly three and a half quarters of play, the probability appeared highly unlikely as the Rangers did exactly what the last two teams have done to the Marauders up to this point — run the ball all over the field.
Trailing by six in the fourth, BG withstood an interception that halted a promising drive, a controversial late hit penalty that extended a FH drive only to come up with a key takeaway that set up its game-clinching score.
Following a Bishop Guilfoyle timeout, Karson Kiesewetter powered his way across the goal line from 1-yard out to knot the game before Deven Wyandt’s extra point proved to be the difference with 1:14 left in a 17-16 Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference win at Mansion Park.
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how you play (because) if you get a win, it makes things better,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “We were a team in need of a win. At moments, we didn’t deserve it. And at moments, we looked like a team that could compete with anyone. I’m extremely happy with the second half effort, and happy that tonight it worked out in our favor.”
Play of the game: Forest Hills was in the midst of a seven-play drive that included a late hit out of bounds penalty when Ranger quarterback Damon Crawley was run out of bounds for a 2-yard loss. The penalty moved the ball forward 15 yards and gave Forest Hills a first down. Three plays later, Crawley gained five yards on a first-and-10 down to the BG 49 where the Marauders’ Drew Abraham knocked the ball from Crawley’s grasp. Dominic Yanoshak saw the live ball and pounced on it to give BG a chance with 3:29 left to play.
“Drew Abraham punched it (the ball) loose, and at the very last second I saw it pop out,” Yanoshak said. “I jumped right on top of it … Once we got that penalty (late hit), we knew we had to come together as a team and just play our hardest. This is it, it’s either do or die time right now. We’ve got to make a play — make something happen.”
Player of the game: Bishop Guilfoyle’s Cooper Rother caught four passes for 99 yards, ran 17 times for 79 yards and put his team on the board at the 5:00 mark of the first quarter when he found the end zone on a 2-yard run. He was the catalyst for the Marauders’ game-winning drive as he carried four times for 29 yards and turned a Kiesewetter pass into a 26-yard gain down to the FH 1 that set up the winning TD. When Forest Hills took over with 1:14 left to play, Rother intercepted Crawley on the third play to give the ball back over to BG with 46 seconds to go.
Unsung heroes: In addition to the game-winning extra point, Wyandt also split the uprights on a 41-yard field goal attempt at the 9:13 mark of the third stanza to pull BG to within 16-10 … Crawley used his legs to hurt the Marauders as he carried the ball 17 times for 186 yards. The senior’s 68-yard TD sprint where he outraced BG defenders down the left sideline helped put Forest Hills up 8-7 in the first quarter. He also scored on a 3-yard run.
Most vital statistic: While the Rangers ran for 274 yards, the Marauders held Crawley to just 33 passing yards on a 4-for-12 showing.
Wheeler: “We talked about stripping it because there was only four minutes to go. We had two timeouts … We knew you could take about two minutes off the clock with one possession. So, we knew we were going to have to use our timeouts. We told our guys that what we’re doing all game — holding him (Crawley) up because he was running through guys, but really try to get in there and try to strip it. Fortunately, for us … we were able to get that. It’s a big moment — that’s a huge moment.”
Forest Hills coach Justin Myers: “This is three weeks in a row where we’ve dominated on the ground and we fell short. Usually, if you run the ball well, you usually win the games. We make too many mistakes sometimes that hurts us in key situations. Once again, I said last week it’s my fault, and this week it’s my fault again.”
Notable: With the BG team huddled up following its win, Wheeler called senior Haiden Garner to the front where he handed him the game ball. Garner, who suffered a torn ACL and MCL in the summer, will undergo surgery today that will officially end his playing career. Wheeler stated that, “he (Garner) is the heart and soul of this team. There is no one that has worked harder to get where he is on this team than he has.” …. Kiesewetter was intercepted twice — once by Jeremy Burda and the other by Nick Caddy. The Caddy pick came early in the fourth when BG was putting together an extended drive to attempt to tie the game. On a first-and-10 from the FH 41, Kiesewetter looked deep for Rother but Caddy got position and outwrestled Rother for the pick at the FH 11.
Records: Forest Hills (1-3); Bishop Guilfoyle (2-2).
Next week: Forest Hills travels to Chestnut Ridge next Friday; Bishop Guilfoyle hosts Somerset next Saturday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Forest Hills 8 8 0 0 — 16
Bishop Guilfoyle7 0 3 7 — 17
BG–Rother 2 run (D. Wyandt kick), 5:00.
FH–Crawley 68 run (Crawley run), 4:06
FH–Crawley 3 run (Caddy pass from Crawley), 2:13.
BG–D. Wyandt 41 field goal, 9:13.
BG–Kiesewetter 1 run (D. Wyandt kick), 1:14.
TEAM STATISTICS FH BG
First downs 12 15
Total yards 307 267
Rushes-yards 42-274 33-133
Yards passing 33 134
Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 4-12-1 6-17-2
Punts-avg. 2-41.5 2-38.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 2-1
Penalties-yards 4-45 4-32
RUSHING–Forest Hills, Caddy 14-59, Crawley 17-186, Christ 4-16, Colten danel 6-17, TEAM 1-(-4). Bishop Guilfoyle, Rother 17-79, Abraham 5-9, Kiesewetter 9-31, Hagg 1-15, TEAM 1-(-1).
PASSING–Forest Hills, Crawley 4-12-1-33. Bishop Guilfoyle, Kiesewetter 6-16-2-134, Garner 0-1-0-0.
RECEIVING–Forest Hills, Rearick 2-12, Burda 1-0, Caddy 1-21. Bishop Guilfoyle, Rother 4-99, Yanoshak 1-24, Abraham 1-11.