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September 5, 2013

Crushers, Rangers meet in Week 2

The fact that Forest Hills posted a 19-point victory in its season opener on the road, and Bishop McCort lost at home, probably won’t mean much tonight.

The Rangers and Crushers traditionally play each other tough.

The LHAC rivals will meet at G.H. Miller Stadium in Sidman with one team looking to maintain momentum and the other hoping to rebound.

“It should be a pretty big atmosphere,” Forest Hills coach Don Bailey said. “We were fortunate enough to win the opener. They were unfortunate and they lost the opener. They will be pretty hungry coming into the game. We’ll have our work cut out for us.”

Forest Hills overcame an early eight-point deficit to beat Westmont Hilltop 40-21 on Saturday afternoon at Price Field.

The Hilltoppers consistently moved the ball on the Rangers, using both the single wing to run for a net 183 yards and an effective aerial attack that produced 116 yards. While the defense gave up significant yardage, the Rangers were more stingy when it came to allowing points.

“Forest Hills is a team that prides itself on being strong tacklers,” said McCort coach Kevin Sheridan, whose team fell 13-3 to Bishop Carroll at Point Stadium. “The secondary from Forest Hills always seems to be strong in run support and this year seems to be no different.”

McCort led 3-0 after a Braden Junker 42-yard field goal. But Carroll scored the next 13, with the last touchdown via Alex Repko’s 38-yard interception return.

The Crushers defense was solid, but the offense produced only 71 total yards and didn’t pick up McCort’s initial first down until 10:16 of the fourth quarter.

“Bishop McCort played some very good defense. Bishop Carroll is a much-improved team and they’ve got a lot of talent,” Bailey said. “We know that Bishop McCort is a talented team and they didn’t play up to their expectations in their opener. We know we’re going to see a better McCort team on Friday.”

McCort will see a lot of Rangers quarterback Joe Donoughe, who passed for 127 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 123 yards and three scores. Forest Hills collected 234 rushing yards against Hilltop.

“Their offensive attack starts with the quarterback,” Sheridan said.

 “He’s a dual threat. He shows the ability to run the football and make people miss in the open field. He’s an accurate passer, especially on the run. Combine that with a strong running attack and you have your hands full.”

The teams are 9-9 against each other since 1995. The Rangers are 3-2 against McCort in the postseason in that span.

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