Forrest's Kriesky looks for improvement

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Forrest head coach Matt Kriesky gives Scrappy Osborne a pat on the back after the running back scored his third touchdown in the scrimmage at Spring Hill. Photos by Anthony S. Puca

Matt Kriesky wasn't happy with the way Forrest started Friday night's scrimmage at Spring Hill, but a nice comeback gave the Rockets' coach some positive thoughts to take back to Chapel Hill.

"I thought we started out slow and that was a reflection of our walk-thru in fourth block and it carried over on the field," he said. "I think once we calmed down and got focused, we moved the ball well, but you can't wait until the second or third quarter to start playing."


Forrest quarterback David Andrews (12) tosses a completion to Slayton Wild at Spring Hill Friday night.

Spring Hill is a much-improved team from three years ago when former Marshall County High School coach Tom Turchetta took over a Raiders' program that was in a lull.

The Raiders are a Class 4A squad in the same region as Marshall County and have improved each season under Turchetta. They won just once in 2012 before going 6-6 last year and coming up with a first-round playoff win against Lexington.

"I think in the three years we've scrimmaged Spring Hill, this is the best team they've had," Kriesky said. "They're very athletic on offense and very physical on defense, and I think it was good for our kids."

Tight end Slayton Wild gives a Spring Hill defender a stiff arm after a nice gain.

Playing catch-up

Spring Hill scored two early touchdowns before the Rockets came back behind some nice passing from quarterback David Andrews.

"I think David is getting better each week, and he's had a great summer," Kriesky said. "His biggest issue is mentally when he makes a mistake, he's too hard on himself, but I think once he relaxes and he goes on and becomes a leader, I think we'll see great things out of him."

Jake Elkins (17) leads a group of Rockets defenders who sacked Spring Hill's talented quarterback Tylin Oden, who has committed to Louisville.

Running back Scrappy Osborne had a huge night, scoring three rushing touchdowns behind an experienced offensive line.

"We have an older offensive line and most of those guys have been starting two or three years," the coach said. "We expect to smash the football and get three or four yards a play, and eat up the clock and time of possession and hold on to the football."

Bigger foe

Forrest faces another 4A school in Giles County at the Forrest Jamboree Friday night, and Kriesky feels all the work against the bigger schools will eventually pay off for the Rockets.

"That will be a good test for us," the coach said. "They're another athletic team and that's the reason why I matched us up against them (was) to see how we do against those athletic teams."

Forrest opens the season on the road at Huntland on Aug. 21.

"We travel to Huntland in 14 days, so we still have a lot of work to do," Kriesky said. "We need to see teams like this. We play Page in their district the fourth game of the year and I think this helps us get ready to make the playoffs."

Lots of activity

It will be a busy football weekend in Chapel Hill with the Jamboree Friday night, the Rocket 5K run Saturday morning and the Forrest Alumni game against Cascade Saturday night.

At halftime of the alumni game, the 2014-2015 Class A state champion Forrest Lady Rockets' softball team will be presented with their championship rings.