Forrest mistakes turn into loss
In just three short years, a fierce rivalry has been cemented between Forrest and Page with the latest exciting installment ending in 14-12 loss for the Rockets at Murrey E. Holton Field in Chapel Hill Friday night.
In the three meetings between the schools, Page has won by one, two and three points, respectively.
The Rockets (3-1, 1-0) hurt themselves in this one by turning the ball over in crucial situations, not being able to convert points after touchdowns and dropping three perfectly thrown passes that could have changed the flow of momentum.
"You cannot turn the ball over against good football teams and expect to win," Forrest coach Matt Kriesky said.
Jake Elkins and Jacob Jones each scored a touchdown as the Rockets amassed 280 yards rushing, but three costly fumbles negated the production.
David Andrews, who hasn't thrown an interception all year, attempted just three passes and all were right on target, but dropped.
"It's very disappointing," Kriesky said. "We expect those young men to make those plays, but overall we made a lot mistakes against Page across the board. That's my fault and we'll get it corrected and move forward."
Unlike last year when the Rockets had a revolving door into the trainer's room after the game, Forrest came out of the game healthy and ready to move on to the region portion of its schedule.
"You always want to come out of a game healthy and that's a plus for us," Kriesky said. "We have six region games left to play, so we have a tough road ahead of us and we're glad everyone is healthy."
The Forrest defense was outstanding again, holding Page scoreless for three of the four quarters.
Page (3-1, 1-0) broke the scoreless tie with 7:53 remaining in the second quarter on a 1-yard plunge by Michael Roberts and an added conversion kick.
Forrest responded with a solid offensive series, driving 72 yards in five minutes with the score coming on a 9-yard run by Elkins.
A missed extra point gave the Pats a 7-6 lead, but the Rudderville squad came right back, driving 74 yards in 1:55 with Michael Magochy scoring on a quarterback keeper as time expired in the first half.
Jacob Van Landingham kicked the extra point to complete the Patriots scoring for the night. The third quarter was scoreless when the Rockets went three-and-out on one possession and suffered two fumbles.
Page had the ball deep in Forrest territory entering the fourth quarter, but an Andrews' interception at the 7-yard line with 11:49 left in the game ended the threat.
The Rockets converted the turnover into points with Jones scoring on a 9-yard run to cap an 84-yard march, all coming on runs. Forrest went for the two-point conversion, but was turned away to make it 14-12 with 8:19 remaining.
The Patriots took more than three minutes off the clock before being forced to punt with 4:57 left. The Rockets failed to convert the stop into points, fumbling again with 2:01 left.
Page ran out the clock to claim another close encounter.
"Hopefully, this will be a learning experience for us and we can look back and say we got a lot of positives from this loss," Kriesky said. "It's very disappointing, but hopefully we can learn from this and become a better football team."
Forrest, who dropped two spots to No. 8 in this weeks Associated Press Top 10 Poll, entertains Community at 7 p.m. Friday to put the cap on a week of Homecoming festivities.
"We have Community this Friday night and the first thing we have to do is fix us before we can start worrying about anyone else," Kriesky said. "We have to get back to the basics of blocking, tackling, and holding on to the football. We had too many missed tackles Friday night in the open field."
Community (2-1, 1-1) has never beaten the Rockets in eight tries.
"It's going to be a tough physical week for us at practice and we'll be ready to play Friday night versus Community," Kriesky said.
Page 0 14 0 0--14
Forrest 0 6 0 6--12
P--Michael Roberts 1 run (Jacob Van Landingham kick), 7:53.
F--Jake Elkins 9 run (kick failed), 1:55.
P--Michael Magochy 9 run (Van Landingham kick), 0.00.
F--Jacob Jones 9 run (run failed), 8:19.
Forrest 280, Page 64.
Forrest: Jacob Jones 11-95-1; Slayton Wild 10-56; Jake Elkins 11-46-1; Joseph Williams 10-43; David Andrews 5-28; Jesse Pruitt 1-14; Clay Watson 1-4; Scrappy Osborne 1-0; Dylan Pendley 1-(-6).
Page: Michael Roberts 16-60-1; Michael Magochy 5-15-1; Connor Moress 2-12; Noah Green 1-1.
Forrest: David Andrews 0-3-0.
Page: Michael Magochy 15-27-183-1
Page: Michael Roberts 2-59; Connor Moress 6-52; Trevor Johnson 2-34; Andrew Metkler 2-24; Will Pierce 2-13; Noah Green 1-1.
Forrest 3, Page 1.
Forrest 3 (Elkins 2, Jones 1).
Forrest: By David Andrews
Forrest: Billy Clanton 5; Anthony Kritz 5; Boone Sweeney 5; Jake Elkins 4; Jesse Pruitt 4; Joseph Williams 3; Tanner Kerr 3; Nathan Trout 3; Clay Watson 3.
Page: Connor Moress 15; Michael Roberts 12; Nick Kramer 8; Noah Green 7; Cruze Kerrigan 6.