FMS tames Bobcats
Forrest Middle extended their winning streak to 32 games with a 24-6 victory over a very talented Bridgeforth Middle team on Thursday night in Chapel Hill.
The Rockets (2-0) established the lead at the 4:28 mark of the first period by taking the opening kickoff and driving it 64 yards for a score with most of the damage being done on the ground via tailback Tevan Murry and fullback Ryan Tipton. The drive was capped by an 11- yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dane Leonard to Kyle Gugger for a 6-0 lead.
The Bobcats (1-2) found the going tough against a swarming Rocket defense in their first few series, managing only two first downs in a period and a half due to turnovers.
Once again Tipton and Murry ate up large chunks of yardage to get their team inside the Bobcat 5. Murry put Forrest on the board again at the 4:09 mark of the second period on a 2-yard plunge over the center for a 12-0 lead.
Bridgeforth turned the ball over again when Rocket linebacker Tyler McDonald broke through the line and forced a fumble by Javar Martin. The ball was recovered on the Forrest 12-yard line with 1:08 to play in the half.
Gugger got the call with 46 ticks left and gave his team an 18-0 halftime lead with a 6-yard rumble.
"(Bridgeforth) is very talented and they are quick in the backfield," Rocket coach Danny Morgan said. "We preached all week that we would have to chase them down and contain them. I thought we did a real good job of that in the first half. We were fortunate to come up with some turnovers that we turned into points to slow them down a bit."
Bridgeforth seemed to settle down some after the intermission and began a methodical drive downfield that culminated with a 16-yard run to the pylon by Cameron Ford to trim their deficit to 18-6.
The Rockets did what good teams do, they embarked on a drive of their own with Tipton and Murry leading the way on the ground while eating up a large portion of the clock.
Tipton bowled over two defenders on his way into the end zone from 2 yards out and the score stood at 24-6 as the quarter ended.
The Bobcats last attempt at a rally was snuffed out when Josh Lowery chased Leonard down and sacked him for a 9-yard loss on fourth down.
"We played well tonight," Morgan said. "We do need to work a little bit on our conditioning. We seemed to get a little worn out in the latter part of the game last week and tonight. Otherwise, I am very pleased with the overall effort.
"We go to Cascade next week and they always play us tough. Any team that Chris Parker coaches is going to be well-coached and unpredictable. We will have to be ready for them. They will be for us."
Forrest and Cascade will kick it off at 6p on Thursday in Wartrace.
Next game: Sept. 7 at Cascade, 6 p.m.
"We preached all week that we would have to chase them down and contain them." Coach Danny Morgan