Rockets obliterate Raiders 41-0

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Zach McClendon (6) dives for the pylon for one of his three touchdown runs in the Rockets' 41-0 shutout win over Moore County Friday night in Lynchburg. Photo by chapelhillbill.com

For the second consecutive season, the Forrest Rockets pitched a shutout over Moore County, but this time it was total obliteration as the Chapel Hill boys crushed the Raiders 41-0 in Lynchburg.

Forrest gained 379 yards on offense, while the defense completely snuffed out Moore County, giving up a measly 26 yards.

No letdown

"This was a huge win for us, we didn't practice as well this week as I wanted to and I was afraid we might have a letdown after our big win last Friday," said Forrest head coach Matt Kriesky. "I thought we came out slow, we were physical both offensively and defensively and once we got going, we never let up. I'm proud of the kids, they played hard and executed the game plan."

Zach McClendon looks like the class of District 9-A as the senior running backed up a huge performance last week versus Cascade with a monster road encore, rushing for 160 yards on 17 carries and three touchdowns, while catching one pass from quarterback Jacob Jones that resulted in a highlight video 36-yard touchdown by McClendon.

Sophomore tight end Slayton Wild, who got banged up in Wartrace came back with a vengeance in Lynchburg, catching one pass for 34 yards, while running the ball three times for 33 yards, including a second quarter touchdown scamper.

Stifling defense

Slaton Wild (8) sacks Moore County quarterback Spencer Reese. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Wild also recorded five tackles and one sack on defense, while Boone Sweeney came up mean and nasty, leading the squad with eight solo tackles, must of them bone crushing.

Seniors Blake Leonard and Logan Ray both had seven takedowns with Ray coming up with a pair of quarterback sacks, while fellow seniors Logan Hollingsworth (two sacks), Chance Hargrove, and Anthony Kritz all had three tackles apiece in the contest.

Forrest won the toss and after a fair catch by Jesse Pruitt at the 31-yard line, the Rockets went to work, driving deep into Moore County territory where McClendon busted loose for his first touchdown of the game.

The Rockets drove Moore County backwards on defense and forced a punt before embarking on a bruising 91-yard drive that was capped off by a 31-yard dash to the end zone by McClendon.

Javier Rios kicked his second extra point of the contest, giving the Rockets a 14-0 lead with three and a half minutes remaining in the first quarter.

Big barrier

Moore County finally got some offense going and drove to the Forrest 27-yard line where the Rockets stopped them cold on three consecutive quarterback sacks, followed by a fourth down bone crushing hit on Moore County quarterback Spencer Reese by Sweeney.

Reese got some revenge moments later, intercepting a Jones pass at the Raiders' six-yard line, but the Rockets would not budge, stoning Moore County again to force a punt.

Austin Harmon juked his way to the Moore County 30-yard line on the return and four plays later, Wild found pay dirt and Rios booted the extra point, making it a 21-zip contest.

The Rockets held again, forcing another three and out, and on the first play after the punt, Jones found McClendon on a swing pass and McClendon rock and rolled his way all the way to the Moore County end zone, busting tackles and juking Raiders for six points as the rout was officially on at 28-0.

Second half

Forrest would take the four touchdown lead to the halftime locker room.

There was no more scoring until the end of the third quarter when McClendon rumbled for a six-yard touchdown, making it 34-0.

The Forrest defense stayed the course, not allowing the Raiders an inch without delivering a big hit, and with six minutes left, Dylan Booker put the cap on the massacre in Moore County when he rumbled into the Raiders end zone from three yards out, making it a 41-0 shutout win for the Rockets.

Forrest quarterback Jacob Jones (21) gets the call from the sidelines for the Rockets' offense, which put up 41 points at Moore County Friday night. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Coming home

Forrest (2-1, 1-0) will have to stay focused as they entertain intra-county rival Cornersville (1-2, 1-0) Friday night in their home opener at "The Rock" in Chapel Hill in the latest edition of the Battle of the North and South.

"It seems like forever since we have been at home and I can't wait to play in front of our home crowd for the kids and we had a good crowd tonight, I'm really proud of the fans coming here from Chapel Hill," said Kriesky. "It's going to be a tough match-up, it doesn't matter; you can throw the records out the window because Cornersville will be bringing their all Friday night."

Senior Chance Hargrove rushed for 55 yards on seven carries in the game and junior Joseph "Cheese" Williams gained 34 yards on eight touches.

Jones completed the one touchdown pass to McClendon and David Andrews came on in the fourth quarter and went 1-2 for 34 yards.

Forrest kicker Javier Rios continues to impress, converting five out of six extra point attempts, while making two tackles on special teams.