Unbeaten FMS Rockets pound Fayetteville 46-8

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
Nick McClendon (26) rushed for 102 yards and four touchdowns Thursday night versus Fayetteville. Photos by Bill Beasley

The Forrest Middle School Rockets moved to 5-0 on the season with a 46-8 win against Fayetteville Thursday night at Murrey E. Holton Field in Chapel Hill.

"We're doing fine and it starts with our motto with our eighth-graders where we go into every week 0-0," FMS coach Chris Benne said. "We have good hard practices so Thursday night is our easiest day where we can show out."

The Rockets dominated the contest on the ground, rushing for 275 yards on just 20 carries.

Leading rushers

Nick McClendon ran for 102 yards and four touchdowns while Spencer McCown added 74 yards and a score. Blaize Sweeney had 50 yards and Cole Villazon 37.

McClendon has rushed for more than 100 yards in all five games for the Rockets and has 625 yards on the season.

"Our line up front with (Tate) Garvin and (Mason) Walls -- it starts with those guys and even Noah Hill and Biscuit (Alex Allen) are all a good group up there," Benne said. "It really helps our skill players and sets the tone for them by allowing them to get downfield and make big plays for us."

Max Kirby returns a punt 61 yards for a touchdown.

The Rockets picked up a pair of special team touchdowns from punt returns, one by Max Kirby covering 61 yards and the other from Villazon of 35.


Carson Blackwell picked off his second pass of the season for FMS and had two tackles on defense.

McClendon and Sweeney led the defense with four tackles apiece while Kody Patin, Cody Sisk and Villazon had 3.

The Rockets will be back in action at 6:30 p.m. Thursday when they travel to Eagleville.

"We just have to play our good base defense," Benne said. "I trust my eighth-graders. They're a strong group. It's not just that they're strong and physical, they're a disciplined football group and they're ready for Eagleville."