Eagles shut off Rockets
When you cannot score and cannot stop the other team from scoring, you lose.
"We didn't have any big plays tonight, it was non-existent," said Forrest head coach Joe Moos after the Rockets (3-3, 1-1) were thoroughly whipped on both sides of the ball at Eagleville (3-4, 2-1) Friday night, suffering a disappointing 32-7 loss that dropped them to fourth place in the District 9A standings. "We weren't able to move the ball and they had more opportunities and with those opportunities, they were able to expose our defense."
Forrest outgained Eagleville in total offense 225-215, had 14 first downs to the Eagles' six and led by two minutes in time of possession, but three turnovers, five sacks and the lack of any big plays did them in.
"We didn't do as we expected, we just to rebound and regroup," said Moos. "We have the rest of the season with four region games left, so we just have to keep going."
The Eagles took the momentum early on, scoring on a 27-yard interception return for a touchdown by Maison Vallance at the 5:27 mark of the first quarter. The PAT was no good, making it 6-0.
Both squads put up three-and-outs on offense and the first quarter ended with Forrest at midfield, getting ready for a third down and four situation.
Two plays into the second quarter, Brandon Beech picked up the first down.
After another Beech first down run moments later, Brooks Lamb found Brandon Anderson down the home sideline for 33 yards and a score.
Andrew Charles' extra point try was true, giving the Rockets a 7-6 lead.
The Eagles shot themselves in the foot with two consecutive false starts penalties and faced a first and twenty before Eagleville quarterback Ryan Jordan found some rhythm in the passing game.
Dakota Durand also found some holes to run through as the Eagles moved the ball down to the Forrest 25-yard line.
With 6:20 remaining in the first half, Jordan hooked up with Andrew Jernigan, covering the 25-yards for a touchdown, but Rudy Guerra missed the PAT once again and the Rockets trailed 12-7.
Two minutes later, Forrest punted the ball back to Eagleville and the Eagles drove the rock 68 yards and scored on a Jordan 9-yard TD toss to John Posada with 52.1 seconds remaining in the first half.
This time, Guerra's PAT was good, giving Eagleville a 19-7 lead at the half.
The Rockets got the ball to begin the second half, but began in a hole at the 10-yard line after a holding penalty on the kick-off.
FHS moved the ball to the 37-yard line before another penalty, an incomplete pass and a sack by Jordan Siler fizzled the drive out.
The Eagles punted on their next drive and a Rockets' three-and-out, compounded by a poor punt gave Eagleville great field position at the Forrest 34-yard line.
Eagleville could not take advantage of their good fortune and punted the ball back to Forrest.
The Rockets' offensive line caved in as they allowed a pair of sacks and another poor punt put the Eagles back in business.
This time they took advantage and scored on a third down pass play by Jordan to Durand for a 29-yard touchdown.
The extra point was good for a 26-7 Eagleville lead with less than 30 seconds to play in the third quarter.
On the second play of the fourth quarter, Jernigan picked-off Lamb, but the FHS defense held and Eagleville went into field goal formation.
The Eagles pulled a trick as Durand took a pitch and scampered 10 yards for a touchdown on the fake field goal to ice the game at 32-7 with 10:12 remaining in the contest.
Forrest entertains MTCS Friday night to cap off the week's homecoming activities, while the Eagles have the week off.
"We are not going to change anything, we are not going to detour from anything this week," said Moos. "We'll be OK, if we just keep doing what we have been doing, we will be fine."