PATTON— A big night from Damon Crawley has the Forest Hills football team prepping for a date in the District 6 Class 2A semifinals.
The senior running back had a hand in four touchdowns and rushed for 182 yards as the Rangers downed No. 1 Cambria Heights, 29-0
“We have probably the best line in the LHAC,” Crawley said. “We came ready to play, and I think we wanted it a little more. We came out, played smashmouth football and showed what the LHAC is all about.”
Forest Hills (6-5) earned the upset victory after taking a 6-0 lead in the second quarter and scoring 23 points in the fourth quarter. After a Highlander drive stalled in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter, Heights appeared to have Forest Hills pinned following a 56-yard punt from Bailey Horvath that took a generous bounce to the Ranger 3-yard line.
A gutsy pass from sophomore quarterback Jacob Poldiak, however, changed the scope of the game. Poldiak rolled out of the pocket in his own end zone and connected with wide receiver Jeremy Burda for a 22-yard pass as the Rangers got to business.
Forest Hills capped the drive off with a 4-yard touchdown run from Crawley.
“We have a lot of confidence in the offensive line,” Poldiak said. “They bought me enough time to get the pass off.”
Crawley iced the game in midway through the third quarter by bursting through an open hole and running downfield for a 67-yard pass. Crawley then connected with senior Brady Christ for a 36-yard touchdown pass with just over three minutes left for added measure.
Cambria Heights (9-2) had arguably its best possession of the game in the final minutes, but it was too little, too late as the Rangers were able to close out the game.
The Highlanders were led by senior Ryan Haluska, who ran a team-high 19 times for 68 yards. He surpassed 1,000 rushing yards this season with a 4-yard gain in the third quarter.
”I’m proud of the seniors, I’m proud of the season we had and the way they handled this game,” Heights coach Jarrod Lewis said. “We never quit. This is the toughest part of the job when you have to say goodbye to a group like this. They won a lot of football games and made a lot of history. I couldn’t be more proud of them.”
Forest Hills advances to play No. 4 Bald Eagle Area in the District 6 Class 2A semifinals next week.