FMS Rockets cruise past Fayetteville 48-8

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
FMS running back Wesley McCoy (12) runs over Fayetteville's Billy Taylor (21) on his way to one of four touchdowns by the Rocket eighth-grader. Tribune Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets (5-0) continued their unblemished season in style on Thursday, blasting Fayetteville 48-8 in Lincoln County.

"It was a good game, a convincing win," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "The boys fought hard and they continue to work hard."

Eighth grade running back Wesley McCoy ran wild versus the Tigers, gaining 245 yards on just seven carries in the contest, including touchdown runs from 80, 54, 50, and seven yards out.

Nick McClendon also had a huge game on the ground for the Rockets, picking up 160 yards on 14 carries, while scoring one touchdown and five two-point conversion runs.

Line on target

"The offensive line, Pryor Haines, Dowlen Hosford, Carter Housch, Billy Perryman, Alex Allen, and Tate Garvin all played great," said Joyce. "We had to make some adjustments early and then again at halftime and whenever we did, they really, really did a good job."

Fayetteville had the ball first and looked like they would open the scoring, but the Rockets defense held when Mason Walls sacked Tiger quarterback Colton Wiseman on a fourth down play at the 20-yard line.

"They drove the field on us pretty good there," said Joyce. "Finally our defense came up with the big stop and I think that gave us the momentum that got us going."

Rockets on a roll

From there, McCoy took it to the house on the next play and McClendon added the two-point run, making it 8-0 FMS with 2:26 remaining in the first quarter.

Fayetteville was stopped by the FMS once again and the Rockets took over at their own 28-yard line before McCoy busted off a 48-yard run on first down that ended the first quarter.

Nick McClendon (26), who scored one touchdown and five two-point conversions gets blocked in the back on a Fayetteville kickoff in the first quarter.

Two McClendon runs moved the ball to the Tigers' seven-yard line where McCoy went in for the score.

After the McClendon two-point run gave FMS a 16-point lead, Pryor Haines came up with a fumble on the ensuing kickoff with 7:03 remaining in the first half.

Long drive

FMS went on a back breaking 12-play, six minute and 57 second drive that was capped off by a Joel Burton three-yard touchdown run.

McClendon added two more points and the first half ended with the Rockets holding a comfortable 24-0 lead.

Haines dove on an onside kick attempt by Fayetteville at the Forrest 46-yard line to begin the second half and McCoy made them pay for taking the chance, rumbling 54 yards to pay dirt on the first down snap.

McClendon's extra point burst gave the Rockets a 32-0 lead before Fayetteville finally got something going when they marched 64 yards for their only score of the ballgame on a 25-yard run by Shamichael Buchannan.

Ray Towry added the two-point conversion for Fayetteville, making it a 32-8 ballgame with 1:28 remaining in the third quarter.

Two more scores

Jake Abrigo (25) and Pryor Haines (80) team up for a tackle versus the Tigers.

Haines came up with another short kick at the 50-yard line and McCoy ran for a touchdown on the next play, while McClendon added the extra point run, making it 40-8.

Fayetteville would not score again, but Forrest added one more touchdown on an 86-yard McClendon touchdown run with 3:59 remaining in the contest.

Harley Sisk would add the two-point conversion, putting an end to the scoring.

The Rockets will be back in action on Thursday when they host the undefeated Eagleville Eagles at "The Rock" in Chapel Hill with game time set for 6:30 p.m.

"We're happy to be 5-0, but it is going to be a tough test next week," said Joyce. "Whenever you go 10 minutes down the road it's always going to be a tough game, but if we win that game we will be sitting where we want to be to get in the conference championship."