Rockets run over Cascade in 'team effort'

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Slayton Wild (8) scores from 12-yards out to open the scoring Friday night at Cascade. Photos by Bill Beasley

The Forrest Rockets traveled to Cascade Friday night with a plan -- rain or shine they were going to pound the football the entire game.

"The weather didn't play a factor. That was our plan going into the game and it turned out well for us Friday night," Forrest coach Matt Kriesky said.

The Rockets executed perfectly, running every play except two and ran away with a water-logged 56-17 victory.

"We were picking up enough yards running it and had no need to throw the ball," Kriesky said.

Lots of help

Forrest used 14 different ballcarriers on 36 runs to roll up 436 yards of rushing.

"The guys executed the game plan and did what we asked them to do," Kriesky said. "It was a total team effort by everyone."

Joseph Williams led the way with 113 yards on just four touches, including a 50-yard touchdown run.

Clay Watson (5) scores on a 7-yard touchdown run, giving the Rockets a 42-3 halftime lead.

Jacob Jones rushed for 62 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryton Spitzley, Troy Turner, Clay Watson and Slayton Wild all added a rushing TD.

Battle won

The Rockets also won the turnover battle once again, coming up with an interception and a fumble recovery, while losing just one fumble.

"Our goal is to create three or more turnovers a game so we didn't reach our goal this week, but we were pleased with the effort on defense," Kriesky said.

Wild scored on the fourth play of the Rockets' first possession on a 12-yard run.

After a Cascade field goal, the Rockets scored 35 unanswered points for a 42-7 halftime lead, giving them the luxury of resting many key players in readiness for this week's game at Watertown.

Next game

Joseph Williams (6) bursts to the outside and off to the Cascade end zone for a 50-yard touchdown in the Rockets' 54-17 thrashing of the Champions.

Forrest and Watertown both have identical 5-1 records and are undefeated in Region 4-AA play entering Friday's game.

"It's going to be a huge challenge Friday night for us and we'll have to be ready to play," Kriesky said. "We'll have to play a complete game and not have any mistakes."

The schools haven't met since 2002, when the Rockets won 33-25 at home a season after winning 19-14 at Watertown.

Forrest 21 21 7 7 -- 56

Cascade 3 0 0 14 -- 17

First Quarter

F -- Slayton Wild 12 run (Javier Rios kick), 10:50.

C -- Trent Sutton 38-yard field goal, 5:12.

F -- Jacob Jones 40 run (Rios kick), 4:46.

F -- Joseph Williams 50 run (Rios kick), 2:00.

Second Quarter

F -- Jones 4 run (Rios kick), 7:17.

F -- Troy Turner 27 run (Rios kick), 4:00.

F -- Clay Watson 7 run (Rios kick), 2:40.

Third Quarter

F -- Austin Welty 34 run (Rios kick), 3:00.

Fourth Quarter

C -- Will Carter 19 pass from Hayden Edmondson (Sutton kick), 8:00.

F -- Scrappy Osborne 7 run, (Rios kick)

C -- Carter 82 pass from Colby Melson (Sutton kick), 0:14.

Total yards: Forrest 436; Cascade 224.

Rushing: Forrest 436; Cascade 49.

Passing: Cascade 175.

Rushing

Forrest: Joseph Williams 4-113-TD; Troy Turner 5-67-TD; Jacob Jones 6-62-2TD; Scrappy Osborne 5-44-TD; Clay Watson 5-42-TD; Jake Elkins 2-29; Dylan Pendley 2-26; David Andrews 2-16; Anthony Kritz 1-13; Slayton Wild 2-11-TD; Austin Porter 1-9; Bryton Spitzley 1-4-TD.

Turnovers: Forrest 1, Cascade 2.

Interceptions by: Forrest, David Andrews.

Fumble recoveries: Forrest, Billy Clanton.

Tackles

Forrest: Slayton Wild 6; David Andrews 5; Tanner Kerr 5; Jesse Pruitt 5; Boone Sweeney 4 (sack); Billy Clanton 4; Jake Elkins 4; Nathan Trout 3; Joseph Williams 3; Neyland Darnell 3, Zach Russell 3; Troy Turner 2; Dylan Pendley 2; Austin Porter 2; Payton Sisk 2; Bryton Spitzley 1; Austin Welty 1; Michael Dyer 1; Kota Hartley 1; Jacob Jones 1; Anthony Kritz 1; Garrett Nevison 1.