Rockets mauled by Panthers in season opener

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
FMS head coach Randy Toombs gives the Rockets some instructions before their season opener at E.O. Coffman Friday night. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets had the tough task of taking on a talented E.O. Coffman squad to begin the season Friday night in Lawrenceburg and the host Panthers pounced on the visitors for an easy 54-21 win.

E.O. Coffman jumped out to an insurmountable 17-0 lead to begin the contest before Dylan Wyatt finally got the Rockets in the scoring column with one minute to go in the first period.

Austin Clanton scored for the Panthers before Daniil Yatskov ended the period with a bucket in the paint for the Rockets, making it a 19-4 ballgame after the first six minutes.

Another long run

The Panthers added a huge run to begin the second period, scoring 17 consecutive points before a Yatskov basket, followed by a three-pointer by Brett Burnham left the Rockets in a 36-11 deficit at the half.

Forrest began to settle in a bit in the third quarter as the Panthers outscored the Rockets 8-5 to take a 44-16 lead entering the final six minutes of play.

Coffman won the fourth quarter 10-5 and the game by the 33-point margin.

Dustin Brashear (21) drills a three-pointer in the second half for the Rockets, who fell 54-21 to E.O. Coffman in their season opener.

Scoring

Yatskov led the Rockets in the scoring column with six points.

Wyatt ended up with four points, Burnham had the one trey for three points, Dustin Brashear also nailed a three-bomb in the game for the Rockets, Josh Brown and Ethan Mealer had a deuce apiece, and Colby Bluthardt made one free throw in the contest.

E.O. Coffman big man Keihan Mendez led all scorers in the game with 19 points, while Panther point guard Garret Martin put up 18 points, Hunter Hagan, Harrison, and Tanner Staggs all had four points apiece, Austin Clanton scored three, and Sam Crane rounded out the scoring with a deuce.