Pair of 5-2 teams headline Week 8 of Friday Night Rivals

WJAC’s Friday Night Rivals presented by your Local Honda Dealers continues with a battle of 5-2 opponents in Week 8 as Bishop Guilfoyle battles Forest Hills.

Bishop Guilfoyle heads into Friday Night’s matchup at 5-2 after a disappointing 42-0 loss against Richland, Friday night. Forest Hills enters the game in prime form, ripping off their fourth straight victory, a 49-6 triumph over Central Cambria.

The Marauders, coached by Justin Wheeler, are an impressive 4-0 on the road this season, heading into Friday’s road contest. Signal caller Danny Carrieri has thrown for 605 yards and four touchdowns, while completing 51 percent of his throws. Also a threat on the ground, Carrieri leads the team with 47 rushing attempts, gaining 193 yards and adding five touchdowns. Keegan Myrick and Caleb Crawford are the main threats in the backfield, running for 243 and 166 yards each. Daniel Potopa leads the team with 22 receptions for 412 yards and three scores. Dominic Pulcinello has added 163 yards through the air and a pair of receiving touchdowns.

Don Bailey is the head man of the 5-2 Rangers, looking to continue their hot streak on Friday. Forest Hills will throw it around the yard, led by Adam Cecere who has completed 50 percent of his throws for 1,601 yards and 11 touchdowns without an interception. Cecere has 274 yards and nine more touchdowns running the ball. Dylan Fyock leads the team with 400 yards and five touchdowns. Forrest Wolfhope and Jake Shope have been difficult to contain. Both averaging at least 21 yards per catch on at 26 and 25 catches respectively. The pair have caught seven of the 11 touchdowns this year.

Paul Liebal leads the Bishop Guilfoyle defense averaging over ten tackles per game. He has added nine tackles for loss this season, while AJ Abraham has added 11 tackles for loss on 8.2 tackles per game. Abraham has five sacks this year while Andrew Yanoshak and Cameron Maloney have three sacks a piece. The Marauders have forced 21 turnovers, picking off 15 passes. Michael McCall has forced five turnovers, picking off four passes and adding a fumble recovery. Pulcinello has three picks and a fumble recovery as well.

Defensively, Jason Wissinger averages over ten tackles per game for Forest Hills, racking up 72 total. Aidan Balasco and Anthony Zangaglia have three sacks each for the Rangers. The Rangers have forced 14 turnovers with six different players intercepting a pass.

This is a massive matchup to help create separation in the Laurel Highlands conference as the teams are tied for third at 5-2. 11-2 a year ago, Forest Hills is looking to use this current streak in hopes of matching last year’s success. While hard to consider 5-2 a letdown, after an undefeated regular season last year, Guilfoyle hasn’t been quite as good in 2018.

Bishop Guilfoyle has won six straight over the Rangers and seven of the last 11 meetings. Last year’s meeting was a 24-21 victory for the Marauders.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12

WATCH: WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15) Johnstown/Altoona/State College

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ANNOUNCERS: Rick Hull (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Ryan Stanko (sidelines).

 

2018 JOHNSTOWN FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON WJAC Me TV

Friday Oct 12 Bishop Guilfoyle at Forest Hills

Friday Oct 19 Altoona Area at State College Area

Friday Oct 26 Bishop Guilfoyle at Bishop McCort