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White House Heritage slides by Forrest

Wednesday, November 1, 2006

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Forrest fullback Micha Phifer breaks loose for a big run against White House-Heritage Friday night in Chapel Hill.
by Jimmy Jones

White House-Heritage rolled into Chapel Hill Friday night with a Region 5-A play-off spot for both teams on the line and ruined the Forrest Rockets hopes of retiring their football stadium with one last victory by a 21-14 margin.

The Rockets (7-3, 4-3 in region 5-A) celebrated their stadium's rich history by introducing past and current coaches and dignitaries to a standing room only crowd and then honored departing seniors and their parents before the game.

"We had our chances to win this game," Rocket coach Kyle Stacey said. "We had some things going on out there that was working for us, but it seemed that something bad would happen via penalty or turnover every time we got it going good."

Rocket running back Dominique Johnson put his team up first on a 17-yard run at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter. Morgan Abrigo's kick made the score 7-0.

The drive was fueled by the Rocket's defense that held the Patriots on a fourth down gamble at mid-field after Devin O'Brien sniffed out a reverse to speedy running back Lee Pardue and tackled him for a 7-yard loss.

Coach Stacey also rolled the dice on fourth-and-one on the drive and quarterback Kristian Albarran followed his offensive line for the needed yardage to sustain the drive.

White House-Heritage (7-3, 4-3) drove the ball very efficiently to the Rocket 31 before a big hit forced a fumble that was recovered by the defense.

The defense pulled the Rockets out of trouble again when sophomore defensive back Colin Henson intercepted Joey McClung's pass intended for Pardue in the back of the end zone as the clock was running down on the first half to preserve the lead.

Henson returned the ball to the Rocket 40-yard line. Johnson almost made the Patriots pay big time for their mistake when he broke loose for a 22-yard jaunt that ended with his being tackled by the last man standing as the buzzer sounded. 

Pardue tied the game for the Patriots when he outran the defense for a 38-yard touchdown with 7:46 to play in the third.

The Rockets misfired on a pitch intended for Johnson on the short side of the field and the Patriots recovered on the 36 yard line.

McClung and Pardue hooked up for the go-ahead touchdown on a pass that looked as if it would be picked-off as the ball hung in the air, but an ill-timed leap by the cornerback resulted in the completion.

Running backs Alex Ontiveros and Johnson combined to move the ball to the 1 yard line where Albarran punched it in on a quarterback sneak to the tie the game with 12 seconds to play in the third.

The score stood at 14-14 until Patriots quarterback McClung took it in from 4-yards out with just 1:41 left to play in the contest.

The drive was aided by a facemask penalty after the Rocket defense had stopped White House on fourth down at their 45 yard line. Rob Dorris' kick accounted for the final score of 21-14.

Forrest was intercepted at the Patriot 37-yard line to end their last chance to extend the game.

Johnson ended his career on the home turf with 170 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 touches.

The Rockets play-off aspirations were revived when McEwen was upset by Clarksville Academy 21-14 despite being up by two touchdowns early in the game.

Forrest finishes fourth in the region and will play at Mount Pleasant (8-2) on November 3 at a time to be announced.

"I am proud of what this team has been able to accomplish this season," Stacey said. "We have worked hard and we have jelled as a team. I told the kids that this was just not our night and that sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other guys."

Note: Forrest was unaware that they had made the play-offs when this interview was conducted. There was not enough time to reach coach Stacey for comments before this article went to press.

by Jimmy Jones

White House-Heritage rolled into Chapel Hill Friday night with a Region 5-A play-off spot for both teams on the line and ruined the Forrest Rockets hopes of retiring their football stadium with one last victory by a 21-14 margin.

The Rockets (7-3, 4-3 in region 5-A) celebrated their stadium's rich history by introducing past and current coaches and dignitaries to a standing room only crowd and then honored departing seniors and their parents before the game.

"We had our chances to win this game," Rocket coach Kyle Stacey said. "We had some things going on out there that was working for us, but it seemed that something bad would happen via penalty or turnover every time we got it going good."

Rocket running back Dominique Johnson put his team up first on a 17-yard run at the 2:26 mark of the first quarter. Morgan Abrigo's kick made the score 7-0.

The drive was fueled by the Rocket's defense that held the Patriots on a fourth down gamble at mid-field after Devin O'Brien sniffed out a reverse to speedy running back Lee Pardue and tackled him for a 7-yard loss.

Coach Stacey also rolled the dice on fourth-and-one on the drive and quarterback Kristian Albarran followed his offensive line for the needed yardage to sustain the drive.

White House-Heritage (7-3, 4-3) drove the ball very efficiently to the Rocket 31 before a big hit forced a fumble that was recovered by the defense.

The defense pulled the Rockets out of trouble again when sophomore defensive back Colin Henson intercepted Joey McClung's pass intended for Pardue in the back of the end zone as the clock was running down on the first half to preserve the lead.

Henson returned the ball to the Rocket 40-yard line. Johnson almost made the Patriots pay big time for their mistake when he broke loose for a 22-yard jaunt that ended with his being tackled by the last man standing as the buzzer sounded. 

Pardue tied the game for the Patriots when he outran the defense for a 38-yard touchdown with 7:46 to play in the third.

The Rockets misfired on a pitch intended for Johnson on the short side of the field and the Patriots recovered on the 36 yard line.

McClung and Pardue hooked up for the go-ahead touchdown on a pass that looked as if it would be picked-off as the ball hung in the air, but an ill-timed leap by the cornerback resulted in the completion.

Running backs Alex Ontiveros and Johnson combined to move the ball to the 1 yard line where Albarran punched it in on a quarterback sneak to the tie the game with 12 seconds to play in the third.

The score stood at 14-14 until Patriots quarterback McClung took it in from 4-yards out with just 1:41 left to play in the contest.

The drive was aided by a facemask penalty after the Rocket defense had stopped White House on fourth down at their 45 yard line. Rob Dorris' kick accounted for the final score of 21-14.

Forrest was intercepted at the Patriot 37-yard line to end their last chance to extend the game.

Johnson ended his career on the home turf with 170 yards rushing and a touchdown on 21 touches.

The Rockets play-off aspirations were revived when McEwen was upset by Clarksville Academy 21-14 despite being up by two touchdowns early in the game.

Forrest finishes fourth in the region and will play at Mount Pleasant (8-2) on November 3 at a time to be announced.

"I am proud of what this team has been able to accomplish this season," Stacey said. "We have worked hard and we have jelled as a team. I told the kids that this was just not our night and that sometimes you just have to tip your hat to the other guys."

Note: Forrest was unaware that they had made the play-offs when this interview was conducted. There was not enough time to reach coach Stacey for comments before this article went to press.