Rockets need big victory

Friday, October 24, 2008

The Forrest Rockets cannot overlook the Community Vikings this week and cannot let homecoming festivities in Chapel Hill dim their focus on their late season playoff run.

The Rockets' (5-3, 4-3) big three-game losing streak win over Clarksville Academy last week was huge, buoyed by a big game on the ground from Levell Quezaire, Zack Ray, and Tyler Klaren and the infantry game plan should bode well versus Community (1-7, 1-6) this week.

Weather forecasters are predicting heavy rain for the game Friday night and a muddy game should favor the Rockets. The Rockets are a running team and the Vikings give up a lot of yards on the ground, averaging 238.0 yards by the opposing squad.

The Rockets average 23.5 points per game compared to the Vikings, who score just more than two touchdowns per game. The Rocket defense is stingy and is the reason the Rockets are still in the 5A race, giving up just 15.3 points per contest.

Forrest head coach Kyle Stacey has kept his troops up the entire year, battling through some tough close losses and what he calls 'the worst year in my time here for injuries."

The Rockets are banged up physically, but are still mentally tough and strong as a team and should win this game in front of the homecoming crowd, 27-3 to go into the final week of the season still tied for fourth place.

The Cornersville Bulldogs (2-6, 0-6) could not pull off the upset last week versus Collinwood and come back this Friday to face Moore County (4-4, 4-2), on the road. Freshman quarterback Joe Stocstill got his feet wet last week and should have a better handle on the offense in this contest to lead the Bulldogs to their third win of the season with a tough 10-7 upset win over the Raiders.