Rockets getting ready to rumble

Friday, August 2, 2013
Forrest head coach Brian Coleman talks to his squad after the first round of practice Wednesday morning in Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets have had enough of hitting each other in two-a-day practices over the summer.

First year head coach Brian Coleman said, "The guys have been working hard and we are looking forward to playing somebody else to see what we got. The guys are just like us, they want to see what they got and want to hit somebody else."

First scrimmage

Forrest punter Chris Haggard boots the pigskin during some special teams' drills Wednesday morning.

Coleman will take his squad to Bethel University Friday for the team's initial scrimmage of the season versus Dresden as the team prepares for the Aug. 23 season opener at "The Rock" against Collinwood.

"Dresden is a good team," said Coleman. "They were 11-2 last year and they are at the level we want to be at, so we want to scrimmage good teams."

The Rockets have had a big turnout for the football team this season with 50 players on the current roster.

Coleman is no stranger to Forrest, serving under former coach Kyle Stacey as defensive coordinator before a short stint at Riverdale.

Back home

"It feels good coming home," said Coleman. "But, I am very, very nervous because we want to be successful, that is why we came here."

Stacey is now the offensive line coach under Coleman, who said about his former boss, "He is doing an excellent job with the 'O' line. He is working his butt off and ringing wet with sweat every day after practice."

Coleman's longtime friend Brent Johns will be the offensive coordinator, Lance Horton will coach the wide receivers and defensive backs, and Matt Kriesky will handle the defensive coordinator duties for Coleman.

"We have a great coaching staff, they are all working very hard," said Coleman. "I am really excited about these guys."

Home openers

Forrest has three home games to open the season with Collinwood, Cascade, and Moore County coming to Chapel Hill to begin the season.

"Right now, all we are thinking about is Collinwood," said Coleman. "They have a very good, athletic quarterback (Logan Montgomery), who is six foot four, 250 pounds, and can run. They have a spread offense, so that is what we are trying to face in our scrimmages."

At the end of the season, the schedule turns the other way on Rockets, who will have to travel to Community, MTCS, and Fayetteville City in successive weeks to end the regular season.

Road trips

"That is a tough way to end the year," said Coleman. "The first six games are tough, but most of the important games will be at home."

Before the Friday Night Lights blaze away, Coleman will have an opportunity to work out the kinks with an Aug. 6 Scrimmage at Richland and on Aug. 9 at Spring Hill, before the Forrest Jamboree at "The Rock" on Aug 16.