Bearcat Preview: Huntingdon vs Forest Hills in the District 6 Title game
Written by: Chad States on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017
District VI Finals HUNTINGDON vs FOREST HILLS
The 10-1 Huntingdon Bearcats square off against the 10-1 Forest Hills Rangers in a game that matches the district’s top 2 seeds in AAA. Both teams only loss have come on the road. The Bearcats lost at Central 14-10 in week 9 while Forest Hills was defeated by 3-time defending PIAA champion Bishop Guilfoyle 24-21 at Mansion Park.
The Bearcats reach the title game after a 12-year drought when they defeated Bellefonte in 2005 for their 6th District 6 title AAA title. Last week, Huntingdon flexed its muscles in all phases of the game defeating Juniata 53-7 behind an offense that gained 610 yards and a defense that limited the Indians to 160 yards of total offense. The ‘Cats set 3 game, 3 single season, and 2 career statistical records in the victory.
Offensively the Bearcats are being led by the triple threat of Ian Border, Andrew Hudy, and Jonathan Price. Border has rushed for 1495 yards and 28 TDs while Hudy has passed for 1551 yards,18 TDs and 4 INTs. Wide Receiver Price has contributed 51 catches for 903 yards and 13TDs. The defense is being led by linebacker Ryan Querry and his 108 tackles and 12 TFL’s. Alex Mykut and Price each lead the team with 4 INT’s while Ben Briggs and Isiah Reed have 5.5 sacks each.
FOREST HILLS RANGERS
Forest Hills punched their ticket to the title game last week by defeating a very tough Central squad 17-14 in a game that was very like the one Huntingdon played against the Scarlet Dragons in Week 9.
The Rangers are being led offensively by the dynamic duo of Adam Cecere and John Long. Cecere, a Wake Forest recruit for baseball, has thrown for TD’s. Cecere’s favorite target has been Jon Long. Long has 49 receptions for 945 yards and 8 TD’s. Long is also the leading ground gainer with 546 yards and 5 TD’s. Eric Elgin has contributed 520 yards rushing and a team leading 11 rushing TDs. On the defensive side of the ball, Elgin is the team leader with 122 tackles and 11 TFL’s.
KEYS TO THE GAME:
Huntingdon must limit the penalty yards (5.7 and 51.1 yds per game) and continue to play the type of mistake free football that they have all season long. Offensively, they must get the ground attack going early and establish the line of scrimmage. On defense, the ‘Cats must continue to play disciplined football and do not let the combo of Cecere to Long heat up. If the D can put heavy pressure on Cecere they have a great chance of success. The safeties have to come up big in this game.
Forest Hills will have to figure out a way to cover all the weapons Huntingdon has on offense. The only team to crack that code this year was Central as they were able to single up coverage on Price and limit his production while stacking the box to eliminate the potent Bearcat running attack. If Cecere and Long find themselves playing pitch and catch offensively, the Rangers are going to be in for a great evening.
Huntingdon defeated Forest Hills last year in a D6 quarterfinal matchup at War Vets 54-30 as the Bearcat offense rolled and defense kept Cecere and company on the run as the Bearcats won the battle up front.
Hudy needs 26 yards to break the single season passing mark of 1576 yards set by Paul Kozak in 1999. He also needs 4 TD’s to break the passing touchdowns mark of 21 set by Kozak during the historic 1998 season.
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