Rockets' losing streak reaches 3

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
The 2013 FMS Homecoming Court from left, Shea Lewis 6th grade attendant, Ally Piper 7th grade attendant, Daelyn Dowers 8th grade attendant, Kaley Newcomb Queen, Kaitlyn McKenzie 8th grade attendant, Miranda Sanders 7th grade attendant, and Presley Haley 6th grade attendant. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Forrest Middle School entertained MTCS in Thursday's annual Homecoming contest at "The Rock" in Chapel Hill, but the Rockets could not snap their losing streak as the Cougars handed the hosts a 32-12 loss.

FMS has now lost four straight games after starting the season at 3-0 and the Rockets have dropped their last three at home.

"Four losses in a row is tough to try and get over," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "We've had a rough couple weeks with the injury bug and we're fighting through that. We have also played some good competition, but we just haven't played to our full potential and hopefully we can get back on that track next week."

Troy Turner (5) had a big night for the Rockets, scoring the only two touchdowns in FMS' 32-12 loss to MTCS on Homecoming at "The Rock".

Two more chances

Forrest has two more games remaining on the schedule as they travel to Moore County next week before taking on the Cornersville Middle School Bulldogs in Frog Bottom on Oct. 10.

MTCS won the toss and deferred to the second half, giving Forrest a chance to score first, but on their third play from scrimmage, Marshall Morris fell on a loose ball to kill the drive.

FMS quarterback Lane Laporte (1) rolls out to his right before slinging a pass downfield.

The Cougars took over at their own 44-yard line and moved to the FMS 32-yard before the Rockets came up big, collapsing the pocket for a fourth down stop to take over the football.

The hometown boys looked like they had the momentum, driving to the MTCS 34-yard line where Bryton Spitzley rumbled to the end zone for an apparent touchdown, but the big play was nullified due to a holding penalty 20 yards behind the play.

Drive stalls

The drive would stall out moments later as Wesley McCoy came in to punt for the Rockets on third and six near midfield.

"Anytime you get a big play called back it kind of takes the wind out of you," said Joyce. "That happened to us in the first drive of the game and we just never could really bounce back from that."

The Cougars faced a third down and four as the first quarter ended and the second quarter begin with a false start on MTCS.

On the next snap, Cougar QB Nate Howell found Hayden Simmons on an out route that went 71 yards for touchdown.

The PAT was no good as MTCS led the Rockets 6-0 with 7:45 remaining in the first half.

Tying it up

Forrest took over at their own 25-yard line after the ensuing kickoff and put together a solid 64-yard drive that ate four and half minutes off the clock before Troy Turner dashed 21-yards for the game-tying touchdown.

MTCS answered in a hurry as Parker Bates returned the ensuing kickoff 63 yards to the Rockets' 17 yard-line.

After gaining one yard on a first down run, Howell teamed up Andrew McConnell on three straight passes with the third reception lighting the scoreboard for the Cougars.

The Pat was no good as the Rockets had one minute and eleven seconds to work with in the first half.

The offense played hurry up and to the MTCS 33-yard line before time expired in the first half with the Rockets down by six points.

Cougars pounce

In the second half, the Cougars pounced from their cages, outscoring the Rockets 20-6 to secure the 32-12 victory.

Turner, who gained 146 yards on 21 carries in the contest, would record another touchdown in the second half for the Rockets' only score.

"We were in the game the entire night, but we just fell short of our goal," said Joyce. "Next, we've got to bounce back and get back to work and I am sure the boys will work hard next week and go down to Moore County ready to play."