FMS Rockets soar to homecoming win

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The 2011 FMS Homecoming Court, clockwise from left, Madison Curtis, Kyleah Hengesbach, Brittany Joyce, Queen Morgan Duke, Amanda Patterson, Lyric Patin, and Emma Stacey. Photo by

The FMS Rockets scored touchdowns in their first three possessions versus Eagleville Thursday night in Chapel Hill and cruised to an easy 24-6 Homecoming win.

"It's always good to get a homecoming win," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "It's a big exciting win. We have the crowning, the kids have homecoming activities all week and the kids are excited. I am proud of all the them, everyone played well."

The Rockets won the coin toss and elected to receive.

FMS's Landen Jones (21) takes the first snap from scrimmage, rumbles, and stumbles for a 42-yard touchdown in the Rocket's 24-6 win over Eagleville on Homecoming Thursday night in Chapel Hill. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

It turned out to be the correct decision as FMS took the opening kickoff to the Eagles' 48-yard line where Landen Jones set the tone for game, taking the handoff on the first play from scrimmage and rumbled and ran over a host of Eagle defenders on his way to the endzone for a touchdown.

"Landen did set the tone," said Joyce. "He ran the ball low and hard, downhill and he was rumbling and stumbling. He had a lot of help up front in Neyland Darnell, Boone Sweeney, Dylan Stofel, Nick McGuiggan, Caleb Perryman, Jesses Pruitt, and Tyler Adcock all did a great job blocking for Williams and Jones."

Joseph Williams ran in the two-point conversion for the Rockets for the early 8-0 lead.

Eagleville first possession looked good until Jesse Pruitt busted through the offensive line for a third down sack to force an Eagleville punt.

Jones and Williams took turns bashing the ball on the ground until Williams busted to paydirt on the eighth play of the drive from the two-yard line.

Jones added the two-pointer this time and the Rockets were out in front 14-0 with 1:35 remaining in the first quarter.

The Rocket defense was not surrendering much to the Eagles and forced a three and out.

Peyton Sisk (34) hauls in a 34-yard pass from Jacob Jones in the first half versus Eagleville.

A poor punt gave the Rockets the ball at the Eagleville 38-yard line and on first down, FMS quarterback Jacob Jones found Peyton Sisk on a 34-yard hookup down to the two-yard line.

Jones ran it in from there and Williams added two more points for a commanding 24-0 lead with 7:24 remaining in the first half.

Eagleville took the kickoff at thirty-yard line and began to make a push, driving the ball all the way to the Rocket's three-yard before Pruitt fell on a loose ball to end the threat.

The Rockets took the 24-0 lead into the second half and Joyce's crew managed to control the ball as the quarter saw no scoring by either squad.

The second-teamers played the fourth quarter and the only scoring was a 69-yard touchdown run by Eagleville's Dodd Griffin in the fourth quarter.

The Rockets improved to 2-3 on the season and travel to Liberty on Thursday with game time set for 6:30 p.m.

Jones ended up with 90 yards on nine carries in the ballgame and Williams finished with 81 yards on eleven touches.

Pruitt and Tyler Adcock led the defense with four tackles apiece, and Kendall Gillespie had two tackles and fumble recovery and Jonathan Lykins had a fumble recovery.