Rockets clinch spot in DRVC title contest

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The 2014 FMS Homecoming Court are, from left, Ashley Milligan (6th grade attendant), Riley Ward (7th grade attendant), Kaitlin Simpson (8th grade attendant), Homecoming Queen Katelyn Welty, Micah Toombs (8th grade attendant), Caroline Warner (7th grade attendant), and Riley Snyder (6th grade attendant). Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets pounded Moore County 34-6 on Homecoming in Chapel Hill Thursday night to remain undefeated at 7-0 on the season and with the win over the Raiders, Forrest clinched home field for the Duck River Valley Conference Championship game next Thursday night at "The Rock" versus Community.

"It's a great feeling for the program, the school, and the community, because we haven't been in this game in a long time," said FMS head coach Bart Joyce. "I'm proud of the boys, I'm proud of the way they played and I'm proud of what they have accomplished, but there is still a lot more to accomplished and we are glad to be back in that game."

Double the power

The Rockets' two-headed monster struck again as Wesley McCoy and Nick McClendon combined for 257 yards rushing in the contest.

"It was a good game all around, we had a slow go there that first series," said Joyce. "But once we got the ball back, everything kind of fell into place. We found out what they were doing, our offensive line got in to key, and our backs ran hard."

FMS running back Wesley McCoy (12) leaves the Moore County defense in his wake as he runs for a 54-yard touchdown in the first quarter.

McCoy put up 139 yards on seven carries and scored two rushing touchdowns, plus McCoy also scored on a 57-yard pick six.

McClendon ran for 110 yards on just five carries and scored two touchdowns, while catching two passes for 52 yards from FMS quarterback Josh Meglis.

On the board

FMS received the opening kickoff and did not score, but the Rockets' defense stopped the Raiders on a three-and-out before McCoy raced 54 yards for a touchdown on the first snap after the Moore County punt.

McCoy added the two-point PAT run, making it 8-0 FMS with 3:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Moore County was forced to punt again and two plays later it was McCoy's turn for six points when he dashed 44 yards for a touchdown on the last play of the first quarter.

The PAT run was no good.

Growing lead

FMS defenders Pryor Haines (80) and Josh Meglis (7) bust through the Moore County offensive line to tackle the Raider running back for a loss in the Rockets' big 34-6 Homecoming win Thursday night in Chapel Hill.

The FMS defense left the field in a hurry again as they stopped Moore County on three downs to force another punt by Ethan Sweeten that fell dead at the FMS 42-yard line.

Justin Leonard got things going for the Rockets with an eight-yard gain on first down before McCoy rambled to the Moore County 47-yard line.

Meglis found McClendon on a swing pass for 26 yards and McCoy put the ball into the Moore County end zone on the next play.

The PAT was no good and the Rockets led 20-0 with 4:15 remaining in the first half.

Once again, the Rockets stumped the Raiders' offense forcing another three-and-out and the half ended with FMS holding the 20-point lead.

Rockets roll on

Moore County received the second half kickoff and were forced to punt again, but a roughing the kicker call on Forrest kept the drive alive.

On the next play after the penalty, the Raiders fumbled and Joel Burton recovered for the Rockets with 4:38 remaining in the third quarter.

Two plays later, McCoy took it to the house again from 72-yards out, making it 26-0 and Leonard added the PAT run to make it a 28-0 contest.

On Moore County's next drive, the Raiders picked up their initial first down of the game without a penalty when Raiders quarterback Stone Frost moved the chains on a run.

Defense in control

"Our defense has played lights out all year and that's been a strong point all year," said Joyce. "Our defense has played solid, you have to stop people from scoring to win ballgames and it fell in to place for us tonight."

It was not to be as McCoy intercepted a Frost pass two plays later and ran for a 57-yard touchdown to make it a 34-0 ballgame with 1:25 remaining in the third quarter.

Joyce would insert most of his backups for the remainder of the game and the Raiders managed their only score of the game when Frost ran for a six yard touchdown with 3:58 left in the contest.

Meglis ended up 2-3 for 52 yards in the air and he also ran for eight yards.

Leonard had 15 yards on four carries for FMS and Blaze Sweeney rushed for eight yards on one touch.

Frost carried the ball 19 times for 67 yards versus the stingy FMS defense and Dylan Vasser toted the rock four times for the Raiders and gained 42 yards.