Seniors Brandon Beech (3) and Brooks Lamb (14) are exciting about the way things have been going under first-year coach Joe Moos and look to have big seasons for the Rockets. Photos by Anthony S. Puca
The Forrest Rockets put the pads on this week for the first time and was a welcome sight for the players after months of workouts, weight training, and shorts and shirts.
Forrest is in transition after long-time head coach Kyle Stacey stepped away after the heart breaking 14-10 second round playoff loss to Decatur County Riverside last season.
Joe Moos was hired shortly after Stacey's resignation and he said about the current squad's performance so far, "So far we have had great participation and great effort, so we are pleased so far."
FHS head coach Joe Moos (center) works with the lineman at Forrest's practice on Tuesday.
In three out of the first four weeks of the 2012 season, the Forrest Rockets will be the ultimate road warriors, accumulating nearly 470 yellow bus miles to Perry County for the season opener on August 17, Collinwood in Week 2, and at White House Heritage in Week 4.
In preparation, Moos has booked back-to-back scrimmages at Giles County on Thursday, followed by a match-up at Loretto on Friday.
"That's why both of our scrimmages are away," said Moos. "We have to get them used to this."
Sophomore Dontay Baugh (8) hauls in a pass from quarterback Brooks Lamb at Tuesday's practice.
The Rockets will finally come home on Friday August 10 for the Forrest Jamboree where they will face Cascade in the final game of the slate.
"After all of this, we want to get a viewpoint of where we are at and what we need to do," said Moos. "The biggest thing is we want to compete, we have been preaching just that, if we can compete and I think we can, we will just see what happens."
Rocket senior quarterback Brooks Lamb talked about the early season travel test.
Brooks Lamb (14) fires a strike to tight end Brandon Anderson at practice on Tuesday at "The Rock" in Chapel Hill.
"This is good preparation going over to Giles County and Loretto," said Lamb. "Coach Moos said we could have both of these scrimmages at home, but we might as well go on the road to get ready to play anywhere. Everybody is pumped for Giles County and we all believe we can really hold our own. We believe we can win, and it will be good for us and our momentum and could put some fear in some other people I believe."
The Rockets finished the 2011 campaign with an 8-4 record and Lamb likes what he has seen from his offense so far.
"It's going good, we have put a lot of stuff in and we are really working hard and it is amazing how everything is starting to fall together," said Lamb. "We went from spring scrimmage where everything was completely new to the way it is now, just clicking like a well-oiled machine."
Jacob Daughrity (9) is looking to have a huge junior season after a strong performance as a sophomore last year.
Lamb talked about the transition from Stacey to Moos, "It's been great, and I don't think we have ever worked as hard as we have this week and the eight to eights. It's exhausting and hard, but it is worth it because we are trying to build a tradition here. You come home at night and can hardly move, but it will be worth it."
Another senior, Brandon Beech will spearhead the defense from his linebacker position and he talked about the Rockets' progress so far on the defensive side of the ball.
"We have a totally new strategy and new defense and I really like how it is going," said Beech. "We just look to pursue and just pretty much run over everybody that gets in our way. We have to be the most physical team out on the field and that's all that matters to us."
nior fullback Richie Smith busts through a hole on Tuesday as the Rockets prepare for a pair of tough scrimmages at Giles County and Loretto.
The schedule for the Forrest Jamboree next Friday is as follows:
Cornersville Middle School vs. Forrest Middle School 4:30-5:30 p.m.
High School Games
Columbia Academy vs. Eagleville 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Community vs. Huntland 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Fayetteville City vs. Richland 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Cascade vs. Forrest 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.