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Dill rushes Red Devils to victory

Central Cambria’s Hobbs Dill rushes for a first-quarter touchdown against Forest Hills./Mirror photo by Patrick Waksmunski

EBENSBURG ­– Central Cambria couldn’t have asked for a better start to their season opener Friday night, as the Red Devils jumped out to an early 21-0 lead and snapped an eight-game losing skid dating back to last year with a 49-22 win over Forest Hills.

Play of the game: Nate Wyrwas’s 38-yard pick-six on the game’s opening possession set the tone for the contest as it gave the Red Devils the early momentum that never let up.

Player of the game: Central Cambria junior running back Hobbs Dill torched the Ranger defense for 209 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries.

Unsung hero: Central Cambria senior guard/linebacker Eric Mertens. Mertens blocked a first-quarter Ranger punt to give the Red Devils possession at the Forest Hills 10 and set up a touchdown pass from Ian Little to Wyrwas. Mertens was also credited by Central Cambria coach Shane McGregor for anchoring an offensive line that dominated the line of scrimmage

Most vital statistic: The Red Devils picked up 321 of their 411 total yards on the ground.

Central Cambria coach Shane McGregor: “We played complementary football, making plays in all three phases of the game. That got us off to a good start, and we just kept going.”

Forest Hills coach Justin Myers: “We made a lot of mistakes. Our youth and inexperience really showed, but we played better in the second half.”

Central Cambria running back Hobbs Dill: “I can’t thank our line enough. They were so dominant, they made holes you could literally drive a car through.”

Notable: This was the first game played on Central Cambria’s new turf field. Wyrwas had four catches for 90 yards and a touchdown. Red Devil junior kicker Adam McGlynn was a perfect 7 for 7 on extra points in his first career varsity game. Forest Hills junior running back Damon Crawley ran for a team-best 146 yards and two scores on 18 carries.

Records: Central Cambria (1-0), Forest Hills (0-1)

Next week: Central Cambria hosts Cambria Heights. Forest Hills hosts Bishop Guilfoyle.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Forest Hills 0 14 8 0–22

Central Cambria 21 14 7 7–49

First Quarter

CC–Na. Wyrwas 38 interception return (McGlynn kick), 10:32.

CC–Na. Wyrwas 10 pass from Little (McGlynn kick), 5:52.

CC–Dill 39 run (McGlynn kick), 0:00.

Second Quarter

FH–Danel 7 run (run failed), 10:34.

CC–Dill 52 run (McGlynn kick), 9:45.

FH–Crawley 37 run (Crawley run), 7:42.

CC–Dill 54 run (McGlynn kick), 6:41.

Third Quarter

CC–L. Keiper 4 run (McGlynn kick), 4:43.

FH–Crawley 4 run (Burda pass from Myers), 1:35.

Fourth Quarter

CC–Dill 3 run (McGlynn kick), 6:23.

TEAM STATISTICS FH CC

First downs 13 15

Total Net Yards 344 411

Rushes-yards 36-212 40-321

Passing 132 90

Comp-Att-Int 7-18-1 4-9-0

Punts 4-20.0 2-32.5

Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0

Penalties-Yards 1-10 5-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Forest Hills, Crawley 18-146, Myers 6-(minus 3), Danel 9-59, Toth 1-4, Caddy 2-6. Central Cambria, Dill 20-209, No. Wyrwas 4-20, L. Keiper 8-44, Gillin 1-(minus 1), Little 2-2, C. Keiper 3-1, Villarial 1-48, Sheehan 1-(minus 2).

PASSING–Forest Hills, Myers 7-18-1-132. Central Cambria, Little 4-7-0-90, No. Wyrwas 0-2-0-0.

RECEIVING–Forest Hills, Crawley 3-21, Burda 2-81, Cornell 2-30. Central Cambria–Na. Wyrwas 4-90.

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