FISHERTOWN — Both Chestnut Ridge and Forest Hills lost key pieces to their football teams to graduation from their 2018 teams.
On Friday night, it was Chestnut Ridge’s young experience that paid off in a 35-7 victory over the Rangers to open up the season.
The Lions’ offense went to work early by driving down the field on their first possession. After the defense forced a quick three and out, Chestnut Ridge took over in good field position.
Quarterback Logan Pfister hooked up with Matt Whysong twice to help drive the ball down the field. It appeared that Whysong scored until he was ruled down on the one-yard line. Fullback Trey Maxwell capped off the drive with a one-yard score, and Brady Miller kicked the extra point to give Ridge the early lead.
Forest Hills took over deep in their own territory after a mishandled kickoff. They appeared to be brewing something up with four straight first downs. Rangers’ running back Damon Crawley led them right down the field inside the Lions’ 20-yard line. The Lions’ defense came up with two sacks with the big rush led by senior defensive end Duane Knisley. They stopped the Rangers’ threat and forced the Rangers to turn the ball over on downs.
Pfister and the offense took over on their own 11-yard line and wasted no time driving back down the field. Pfister did it with his legs and arm as he found four different receivers on the drive. Trevor Weyandt, Seth Holderbaum and Whysong all had first down catches. Whysong put the Lions up 14-0 as he reeled in a 30-yard pass from Pfister to help take control of the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, a Forest Hills returner fumbled the kick and Chestnut Ridge recovered the football at the 30-yard line. This time, Pfister used his to take advantage two plays later as he scored from 12 yards out. Miller’s kick gave the Lions a 21-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, it appeared that the Rangers might get some momentum on their side as Crawley took a toss 54 yards for an apparent touchdown, but was negated on an illegal shift penalty. The Ridge defense once again came up strong for a turnover on downs.
As time winded down in the first half, Logan Pfister hooked up with Trevor Weyandt twice to take the Lions down to the goal line. Maxwell scored his second touchdown of the night from one yard out to give the Lions a commanding 28-0 lead heading into halftime.
The Lions scored their last points of the night on the first drive of the third quarter. Whysong returned the second half kickoff 58 yards to set up the drive. Pfister found Whysong again for 21 yards and then Maxwell found the end zone for the third time from three yards out.
Forest Hills got its only score with 1:04 left in the fourth quarter on a four-yard run by Dustin Flinn to stop the Lions’ shutout attempt.
GAME NOTES — Pfister led the Lions offense with 297 yards of total offense, including completing 88 percent of his passes. … Whysong led the Ridge receiving core with five catches for 92 yards. … Chestnut Ridge moves to 1-0 on the season and will travel to Greater Johnstown next Friday night.
CHESTNUT RIDGE 35, FOREST HILLS 7
Forest Hills 0 0 0 7 — 7
Chestnut Ridge 7 21 7 0 — 35
CR – Trey Maxwell 1-yard run (Brady Miller kick) 10:02 in 1st. CR – Matt Whysong 30-yard pass from Logan Pfister (Miller kick) 11:51 in 2nd. CR — Pfister 12 yard run (Miller kick) 10:45 in 2nd. CR — Maxwell 1 yard run (Miller kick) 4:02 in 2nd. CR — Maxwell 2 yard run (Jack Moore kick) 10:46 in 3rd. FH — Dustin Flinn 4 yard run (Lucas Smay kick) 1:04 in 4th.
Team Statistics FH CR
First Down 10 16
Yards Rushing 116 203
Yards Passing 93 207
Pass Record 10-23 14-16
Interceptions by 2 0
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1
Penalties-Yards 7-40 4-30
Punts- Avg 4-43 0-0
CR- Trey Maxwell 10-33; Logan Pfister 8-92; Trevor Weyandt 1-9; Seth Holderbaum 1-7; Kie Bollman 3-13; Kaleb Miller 2-1; Matt Whysong 2-34; Quentyn Riggleman 2-8; Jordan Mock 1-8; Nick Presnell 3-(-2). FH- Damon Crawley 11-81; Bryce Rearick 1-1; Nick Caddy 3-13; Jakob Redmon 2-1; Dustin Flinn 3-28; Zach Myers 2-(-8).
CR- Pfister 14-16-207-2. FH- Zach Myers 9-21-81-0; Tyson Snyder 1-2-12.
CR- Whysong 5-91; Weyandt 3-63; Holderbaum 4-37; Jordan Hillegass 2-16. FH- Jake Delic 4-22; Seth Richardson 4-49; Brad Madigan 1-3; Crawley 1-7; Jeremy Burda 1-12.