Champions hand Rockets second straight loss

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Branham Jordan tries to convince the ref he came up with a losse ball after a big hit on the Cascade runner

Rockets want

to win out

The Forrest Rockets had a tough task Friday night in Chapel Hill as they took on their archrival Cascade Champions in a battle for position in the District 11A/AA standings.

Cascade won the game 28-7 to hand Forrest its second straight district loss and first loss at their new stadium.

Forrest Head Coach Kyle Stacey said after the contest, "We have got a great group of young men here. We have got to re-group and move on. We need to put together four quarters of football instead of waiting for the second half to get moving."

The Rockets have four games remaining, two on the road versus McEwen and Community and two home games versus Clarksville Academy and Middle Tennessee Christian School. If the Rockets win out they will finish 8-2, clinch a play-off spot, and surpass last season's winning record of 7-4.

Officials' call changes games momentum

The Rockets went three and out on their first possession and Cascade drove to the Rockets one yard-line. The Rockets came up big, stuffing Cory Phillips at the goal line. Or so they thought. The officials ruled that Phillips had stretched the ball over the goal line for the score, much to the astonishment of the players on the field, the coaches on the sidelines, and the roaring Chapel Hill fans at the "Rock".

Cascade scored again just before the half on an 11-yard run by quarterback Jacob Carcuff to make it a 14-0 halftime deficit for Forrest.

Rockets play better in second half

What the Rockets did not need is just what happened as Cascade took the second half kick-off and drove the ball 72 yards for a 21-0 lead.

Forrest responded as they took the ball at the 35 yard line and went 65 yards on nine plays to make it 21-7. Kristian Albarran chewed up 33 yards on the drive and Alex Ontiveros capped it off with a one-yard TD blast.

The Champions opened up the 21 point margin again at 28-7, scoring on a 46-yard run by Matt Henderson who finished the game with 135 yards on the ground.

The Rockets took over at the 20 yard line after a touchback with 10:55 left in the fourth quarter. They drove all the way to Cascade's seven yard line, taking seven minutes and two seconds off the clock, before they were stuffed by the Cascade defense on a fourth- down play.

Cascade ran out the clock and remained undefeated on the year at 6-0. The Champions travel to the "Dungeon" at Jo Byrns for a match-up of first place teams while the Rockets (4-2) take the long bus trip to face the (4-2) McEwen Warriors Friday night at 7:30 p.m.