Gas was $1.90 per gallon, the fear of Y2K was running rampant, and a majority of the players on the field tonight were not even born. On September 10 of 1999, the Forest Hills Central Rangers defeated the Lowell Red Arrows 21-18, their eighth win in nine games in the series. Little did they know that the tide would turn immensely and it would be 18 seasons until the Rangers’ players would celebrate a win over Lowell.
Last season, these Rangers were close, losing a pair of games by a combined seven points. Unfortunately, as the old saying goes, close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades, and the infamous streak was extended to fifteen consecutive victories for Lowell over FHC. On Friday night on both homecoming and senior night, these seniors were determined to finally put an end to this run of dominance. Forest Hills Central set the tone from the beginning in a statement victory, walking out of their stadium winners 35-6.
The Red Arrows would start this game driving, but Tate Hallock delivered a big blow to cause a fumble. After the Rangers drive stalled, punter Daniel Riser flipped the field by pinning Lowell within their own ten-yard line. This was pivotal, as Hallock would once again make a big play on defense, this time scooping up a fumble and running it in six yards for a touchdown. The Rangers would expand their lead to fourteen points at the end of the quarter when quarterback Luke Majick ran a 22-yard touchdown.
Lowell finally responded in the second quarter when Addison Buckius rushed for a nine-yard touchdown. A poor snap on the extra point try would leave the score at 14-6. Forest Hills Central wasn’t done yet for the first half however, as Majick rushed for his second touchdown, an eight-yard carry, and they took a 21-6 lead to the locker room.
In the third quarter, neither team scored, but the Red Arrows piled up two more turnovers. Tate Hallock and Kade Shomin each intercepted David Kruse in the third quarter, ending two separate Lowell drives. He would throw a third pick in the fourth quarter, as he finished 1/7 for 11 yards.
Forest Hills Central added a pair of touchdowns in the fourth quarter, as Majick ran in his third touchdown and Moise Guerrier sealed the victory with a one-yard run with forty-one seconds left in the game. The Rangers’ Majick had an incredible game when he needed to perform the best. He was 6/9 for 64 yards through the air, and he also added 23 carries for 125 yards and three touchdowns.
Lowell now sits at 4-3, 2-2 in the OK White, and they will now need to beat Northview and Forest Hills Northern to clinch a playoff berth. For Forest Hills Central, they now improve to 7-0 on the season. Next week, they travel to Cedar Springs in the de facto OK White Championship game. Nick Ott and Dave VanNoord will be LIVE on MSR on the call.
|1Q||FHC 7-0||T.Hallock 6yd Fumble Ret|
|1Q 1:29||FHC 14-0||L.Majick 22yd run|
|2Q||FHC 14-6||A.Buckius 9yd run|
|2Q 1:31||FHC 21-6||L.Majick 8yd run|
|4Q 3:21||FHC 28-6||L.Majick 3yd run|
|4Q 0:41||FHC 35-6||M.Guerrier 1yd run|