“Bailey Bowl” to take place in Richland for the first time since 2005
Written by: Raymond Peace on Thursday, September 9th, 2010
Come Friday night the “Bailey Bowl” will be underway. The Forest Hills Rangers (1-0) will be traveling to Herlinger Field to take on the Richland Rams (1-0). This Laurel Highlands cross division matchup will see Don Bailey, head coach of the Rangers, take on his son Brandon Bailey, coach of the Rams.
In his nine seasons as a head coach Brandon Bailey has yet to beat his dad, he is 0-8 including two losses last year, once in the regular season (23-9) and a loss in the playoffs (32-7). Bailey accredits good coaching as to why Forest Hills does so well against his Rams.
“We both know each other, we know each others tendencies,” said Brandon. “We have some familiarity with how their offense and defense runs and they have the same scouting reports on us. So I think that’s the biggest thing that factor’s into the game.”
In both games last season the Rangers controlled the ground game with their team gaining 228 yards on the turf in the regular season game and 357 yards in the playoff game. The Rams struggled on the ground gaining 112 yards the first game and 27 yards in the playoff.
This of course is a new year for the Rams and the Rangers both. Rams opened this season with a loss last week to the Bishop Carroll Huskies 27-20 and Forest Hills cruised by the Bedford Bison’s with a 41-6 win.
In the game versus Bishop Carroll the Rams Quarterback Zach Solarczyk (13-for-28 193 yards 2 TD) proved to be an asset for the Rams. This is a big question that was answered coming out of training camp for the Rams. One of the other questions was who would be the receiver that would be the go to man for Solarczyk to throw to and that was also answered by freshman Wide Receiver Kevin Flick (4 catches 106 yards TD).
The Huskies did a great job though keeping the run game in check. Junior John Rizzo led the Rams with only 56 yards rushing. Every time Rizzo got the ball in his hands the Huskies would swarm and take him down.
Meanwhile on the opposing side of the ball the Rams had a tough time stopping the Huskies on big plays. Senior Running Back Ryan Woo had two of the biggest plays on the offensive side with a 72-yard touchdown run and a 44-yard reception that would lead to a QB sneak for a touchdown.
Forest Hills dominated in their first game. Justin Gdula came out strong in his first start of the season to solidify himself as field general for the Rangers (9-of-13 126 yards 4 TD). Meanwhile the running game didn’t slow down the entire game with Senior Nick Dudukovich taking the workload for the Rangers (15 carries 89 yards TD). The Rangers did not have to attempt a punt the entire game.
Defensively the Rangers only allowed 30 yards through the air and 22 yards on the ground. The only score that the Bison’s had was a 98-yard kickoff return that started the second half.
The game this Friday will be the first time Forest Hills will travel to Herlinger Field in Richland Township for the first time since September 2, 2005, they beat the Rams 21-7. This weekend’s game is set to kick off Friday at 7 p.m.
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