Rangers get first victory, Pats cruise in routSeptember 15, 2018
From Herald Staff Reports
It was a good night for a few area football teams as Forest Park had a break through for their first victory of the season while Heritage Hills continued their undefeated start as they cruised to victory.
In Forest Park’s 41-17 victory over Pocket Athletic foe Pike Central, the Rangers jumped out to a 21-point lead in the first quarter as Jake Begle and Gavin Pierce had rushing touchdowns and Jared Schipp caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Garret Berg.
The Rangers stretched their lead to 35-3 at halftime as Pierce and Drew Day added two more rushing touchdowns.
Day would score one more touchdown for the Rangers in the third quarter as Forest Park secured their first victory of the season.
Drew Day had 146 rushing yards and two touchdowns while Jake Begle (94) and Gavin Pierce (79) both had over 75 yards rushing. The Rangers also intercepted Pike Central quarterback Mario Fields twice as Jared Schipp and Cory Uebelhor recorded picks.
Forest Park head coach Ross Fuhs was happy with his team’s effort to rebound after an 0-4 start to the season and hopes this week will be a tale of what’s to come for the rest of the season.
“These guys kept coming to practice with a great attitude and kept working hard and the results finally showed tonight,” Fuhs said. “We put in a new offense this week and our guys executed great — I’m just proud of them for their fight and effort.”
For Heritage Hills, the Patriots continued their dominant performance on the ground as they rushed for 357 yards in a 66-7 romp over PAC foe North Posey in Lincoln City.
The Patriots actually started the game with a passing touchdown as Cole Sigler found Dakoda Ebert for a 42-yard touchdown pass. The rest of the scoring plays, except for a 48-yard punt return touchdown from Sigler, would come on rushing plays.
Cade Jones, Phoenix Rodgers, Jacob Wetzel and Zane Schaad all had rushing touchdowns in the victory as Rodgers, Wetzel and Schaad each had two touchdowns each.
Jones was the leading rusher with 85 yards but Kyndell Carter (65), Cole Sigler (55) and Phoenix Rodgers (55) all had over 50 yards rushing.
Here’s a brief rundown of what else you might have missed in local prep sports action.
Cats take home Big Eight title: The Jasper girls golf team won their third consecutive Big Eight conference title on Thursday evening by placing first with 175 points at Eagle Valley Golf Course in Evansville. Mount Carmel (177) and Mount Vernon (182) rounded out the top three.
For Jasper, Elizabeth Ackerman was the highest overall finisher with a personal best score of 42 while Haley Schroeder (43), Brynn Leinenbach (43), Madeline Sprringer (47) and Halle Knies (51) rounded out the Jasper scores.
Raiders 3, Rebels 1: The Southridge boys soccer team came away with a Pocket Athletic conference victory late Thursday evening in Reo as they defeated South Spencer.
Jorge Soto, Jonathan Escobar and Luis Flores all had goals for the Raiders while Flores and Escobar both also added assists.
Jeeps 3, Patriots 2: In a conference match, the Northeast Dubois boys tennis team came away with a home victory over Vincennes Rivet on Friday evening.
Victorious for the Jeeps were Reece Bauer (No. 1 singles), Ethan Ziegler (No. 2 singles) and Tucker Neukam/Ross Mehringer (No. 2 doubles).
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