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Forest Hills batters Bedford in 2010 opener

Written by: on Friday, September 3rd, 2010

SIDMAN, Pa. – Veteran Forest Hills head coach Don Bailey knew his rushing attack would be pretty potent, as three 600-yard rushers returned from a season ago.

Friday night, Bailey learned that he’s also got a pretty effective junior quarterback to run the show.

Justin Gdula threw four touchdown passes in his first varsity start and the defending District 6 AA champion Rangers (1-0) stifled the Bedford (0-1) Wing-T offense to the tune of just three first downs and 24 total yards in a 41-6 trouncing Friday night in Sidman.

“He’s come along leaps and bounds,” Bailey said of his junior field general. “He had a phenomenal camp. But now, he’s got to do this every week. We know we can run the football.”

Gdula benefitted from the Bedford defense stacking the box, daring Forest Hills to throw the football.  The Rangers were able to churn out 298 yards of offense this night (including 172 rushing yards), but the green and gold’s aerial assault stole the show.

Gdula hit touchdown passes of nine and seven yards to Adam Helsel, 14 yards to Nick Dudukovich and 37 yards to Bobby Clifford.  The scoring strike to Clifford invoked the mercy rule with 4:18 left in the third quarter.

#3 finished this night 9-of-13 for 126 yards.  He also ran twice and scored a rushing touchdown.

“I had to come out and just prove myself,” Gdula said.

He did some proving all right, leading scoring drives of 45, 40, 3 and 72 yards in the first half.  The Rangers were 4-of-4 in finding the end zone on their first four possessions of the 2010 season, and their fifth first half possession saw three plays run to kill the first half clock.

Bedford was shown little mercy this night, except for the running clock in the second half.  Marcus Shippey, a 6’3, 225-pound junior operating the helm of new coach Kevin Steele’s Wing-T offense, struggled mightily against the Rangers’ defense.

Shippey finished 2-of-9 passing for 31 yards and was intercepted once, and finished with 11 carries for minus-1 yard.  Bedford’s leading rusher, Jordan Deasey, finished with a whopping 4 yards on 4 carries.

For the team as a whole, Bedford finished the game with 23 carries for minus-7 yards.  The Bisons’ lone score came on a Dakota Hess 98-yard kickoff return to open the second half.

The three-headed monster of Forest Hills’ ground attack, Dudukovich, Anthony Unger and Jeff Meier, teamed up for a combined 30 rushes for 160 yards.  Dudukovich led the way with 98 yards on 16 carries (and a 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter); Meier finished with 32 yards on six carries and Unger posted 30 yards on eight attempts.

Junior kicker Scott George got off to a solid start on his 2010 campaign – booting two touchbacks on kickoffs and converting 5-of-6 extra points.

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