Rockets fall at White House
The Forrest Rockets fell 35-20 to District 10-A's White House-Heritage (WHH) Friday night as they could not overcome the emotion generated by the Patriots' first ever Homecoming at their new field, a one-sided hanky party by the game officials and a momentum changing third quarter kickoff return touchdown run by the Pats.
"We just have to do what we are supposed to do," said Forrest head coach Moos. "In some instances we did and we had success and in some instances we didn't and that is why we didn't have success when we should have or could have."
Both squads punted on their first possessions of the ballgame before the Pats went on a 65-yard scoring drive, capped off by a Devin Wright 15-yard touchdown reception from Christian Reid.
Nathan Clark booted the extra point kick through the uprights, giving WHH a 7-0 lead with 1:10 remaining in the first quarter.
Jacob Daughrity returned the ensuing kickoff all the way down to the Patriots' 30-yard line and two plays later, Brandon Beech ran it in from 8-yards out for a touchdown.
The extra point was good by Andrew Charles, tying the game at 7-7 with 11:32 left in the first half.
On WHH's next possession, the Rockets stymied the Pats on a fake punt attempt and took over at the Pats' 44-yard line.
Forrest began to drive the ball, but the second of five holding penalties called on the Rockets in the ballgame set the visitors back as they faced a first down and twenty.
After a Brooks Lamb one-yard run, Daughrity hauled in a Lamb short pass and raced 65-yards for a touchdown, giving the Rockets a 13-7 lead after Charles missed the PAT.
The Patriots were undaunted, marching 72 yards on nine plays with Zach Scannell scoring on a nine-yard burst with 53.6 seconds remaining in the first half.
The extra point boot by Clark was good and the Rockets trailed 14-13 at the half.
The second half began with a nice kickoff return by Tyler McClendon for 34-yards to the WHH 49-yard line.
Three straight runs by Beech gave Forrest a first and goal at the 6-yard line, but a delay of game penalty set the Rockets back to the eleven.
On third and goal, Lamb threw to Dakota Zimmerman in the end zone and he was mauled by a Patriots defender and pass interference was called.
Beech ran the rock in on the next play from the 3-yard line and Charles added the extra point for a 20-13 Forrest lead.
On the ensuing kickoff, Wright hauled in the kick at his own 25-yard and raced down the home sideline for a 75-yard touchdown that seesawed the lead back to the Pats 21-20.
On the next Forrest drive, the entire tone of the game changed as the Rockets tried to drive the ball, but every time they made a big play for an apparent first down, a yellow hanky mysteriously appeared for holding on Forrest.
To make matters worse, Beech was ejected on the drive when he got into a scuffle with Wright, who remained in the game.
Eventually, the drive stalled and Charles came in to try for the go-ahead field goal, but the kick came up short and WHH took over at the 25-yard line with 2:47 remaining in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter began with the Patriots facing a 3+1 at the Forrest 46-yard line.
Two minutes and twenty-six seconds later, Kaleb Watkins scored on a 9-yard end around to open up an eight-point 28-20 lead for the home squad.
The Pats' defense stopped Forrest again and on the punt, the ball bounded away from Charles and WHH recovered at 46-yard line.
Forrest stymied the home team, forcing a punt and had the ball at their own 13-yard line with less than four minutes to play.
An interception on first down signaled the end for the Rockets when Scannell scored from a yard out after the Pats took over.
The game ended ugly when Lamb was hit late and no flag was thrown.
Moos was flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty when he ran on to the field in defense of his quarterback.
The Rockets had 11 penalties in the ballgame for 105 yards, while the hometown Patriots drew just two flags for 20 yards.
Beech ran for 93 yards on 13 carries and scored two touchdowns, but will have to serve a one game suspension due to his ejection.
Smith netted 31 yards on four carries; Lamb rushed for 26 yards on six carries and threw for 106 yards with a touchdown and one pick, completing 5 out of 11 passes.
Daughrity caught two passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, Thaddeus Reyes hauled in two Lamb passes for 26 yards, and Dakota Zimmerman had one catch for 10 yards.
On defense, Zach Osborne recorded 10 tackles, Byron McCulloch had seven takedowns, Daughrity had five, and Logan Hollingsworth, Reyes and Dakota Whaley had four apiece.
The Rockets have a bye week before taking on Cornersville at "The Rock" next Friday night in the Battle of the North and South with game time set for 7p.m.
"Cornersville is a great team, they throw it around a lot and their offense is clicking," said Moos. "Coach Stocstill does a great job and it will be a tough ballgame after the bye week."