The Forest Hills Central Rangers were back in the playoffs for the fourth straight season this year. Their postseason journey started at home on Friday night when the Mattawan Wildcats came to town for a pre-district matchup. After a close first half, the Rangers came out of the locker room with great energy. They turned that into points, and that carried them to a 34-14 win.
In the first quarter, the Rangers struck first. They took ten plays to march eighty five yards down the field. Senior quarterback Jimmy Scholler capped off the drive with a one yard run to put FHC on the board. Will Gustafson‘s extra point made it 7-0, a lead that would carry into the second quarter.
Scholler and the Rangers expanded their lead early in the second quarter. After a forty yard play moved the Rangers down to the one yard line, Scholler punched it in from a yard out to make it 13-0. Right before the half, Mattawan was able to get on the board. Jalen Jones took to the air and found Noah Janssen for a forty five yard touchdown. After the unsuccessful two-point attempt, it was 14-6 in favor of Forest Hills Central heading into the team.
The second half scoring started with Evan VanArtsen‘s forty four yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. This pushed the lead to fourteen for FHC. Scholler marched the Rangers back down the field early in the fourth, and he scored his third touchdown of the game to give the Rangers a 27-6 lead. Carson Mockerman came in to give the Rangers another score midway through the final quarter. His three yard run gave the Rangers their final touchdown of the day.
Mattawan was able to tack on another touchdown, but it was too little too late. They fell in this contest 34-14, dropping them to 5-5 on the year and ending their season.
Forest Hills Central played a great game, especially on the defensive end. They got three interceptions, as Isaac Shomin, Hayden Sarjeant and Bobby Lynch all picked off Jalen Jones passes. The Rangers will advance to next week’s district final on Friday November 8. They will hit the road and take on Portage Northern. The Huskies are 9-1 on the season, and they defeated Portage Central in the first round. For comparative notes, the Huskies defeated Mattawan 48-21 back in Week 5.