Forrest reigns over E. Robertson
The deluge that descended upon Cross Plains Friday night came in three forms, a heavy constant, soaking rain, seven forced turnovers and a Forrest offensive onslaught that resulted in a big 56-26 win over East Robertson.
"Your always glad when we come out with a win," Forrest coach Matt Kriesky said. "But we have to learn from this and get better."
With the victory, Forrest (7-1, 5-0) is now just win away from clinching first place in Region 4-AA.
The Rockets have a bye week before hosting Eagleville (3-4, 2-2) on October 23.
"That is going to be a huge game, so we have to come working starting next week and the following week and get ready for Eagleville," Kriesky said. "Coach Carson and his staff do an excellent job, they will have them prepared to play us, so we will have to be ready to play in two weeks."
Forrest came out a bit flat versus the Indians, who scored first when Adrian Jarrett ran for a touchdown.
"I didn't have the guys ready tonight and it's my fault and I have to work harder at that," Kriesky said. "I didn't have them mentally prepared and prepared overall, it's not he kids fault, it's nobody's fault but mine."
After a missed extra point, Forrest's Slayton Wild returned the ensuing East Robertson kickoff 85 yards for a TD.
Javier Rios' extra point gave the Rockets an 8-6 lead with 8:24 remaining in the first quarter.
The Indians, winless in all seven games this season showed why on its next two offensive possessions, beginning with a Wild 27-yard fumble recovery TD.
Rios PAT boot was true again to, giving the Rockets a seven-point lead, and on the next East Robertson play from scrimmage, Billy Clanton ripped the ball out Brenden Moore's grip and ran it back 29 yards for a score.
East Robertson, helped out by a Forrest personal foul after it looked like a Jesse Pruitt interception gave the ball back to the Rockets, scored on a Jarrett 46 pass from James Coleman, making it 21-12.
The Indians got the ball when Juan Gonzalez recovered a Forrest fumble, but two plays later, Jake Elkins came up with a sack and Zach Russell came up with the loose ball.
The Rockets proceeded to run the football deep into East Robertson territory and scored on the fourth play of the second quarter when Pruitt rumbled into the Indians' end zone from 10 yards out.
Rios kicked the extra point to make it 28-12 and the fumble fest continued for the Indians when they coughed it up again and Dylan Pendley recovered at the East Robertson 26-yard line.
On the next play, Forrest quarterback David Andrews threw a touchdown pass to Michael Dyer and Rios' PAT boot made it a 35-12 contest with 9:27 remaining in the first half.
The hometown Indians stalled out again on offense, but a roughing the punter penalty on Forrest kept the drive alive and with 6:45 left in the first half, Moore scored on a 28-yard run.
After a third consecutive missed extra point, Forrest led 35-18.
Big halftime lead
Wild came up with a big kickoff return to the East Robertson 32-yard line with 2:02 remaining in the first half, Andrews ran the rock into the end zone from eight yards out.
Rios drilled the PAT and the first half ended with the Rockets in front 42-18.
Pruitt scored on a one-yard TD plunge on the Rockets' first possession of the second half and Rios kicked the PAT, making it 49-12.
The disaster of a night continued for the Indians when Neyland Darnell recovered another East Robertson fumble and the Rockets cashed in again.
A Jake Elkins' 22-yard TD run followed shortly after the East Robertson turnover, invoking the TSSAA 35-point mercy rule of a running clock.
East Robertson could not hold onto the football as they fumbled once more and Elkins recovered at the Indians' 40-yard line with 3:17 remaining in the third quarter.
The Indians stopped the second team Forrest offense as the game headed to the fourth quarter with the visitors leading 56-18.
The final score of the contest came with 1:54 to play in the contest when Moore ran it in for a touchdown.
"It's awesome to look up there and see that we have more fans than the home team," Kriesky said. "We have great Community that supports this team through and through, but I just wish we could have put on a better show for them."
Forrest 21 21 14 0-56
E. Robertson 12 6 0 9-26
E-Adrian Jarret run (run failed).
F-Slayton Wild 85 kickoff return (Javier Rios kick), 8:24.
F-Wild 27 fumble return (kick failed), 8:00.
F-Billy Clanton 29 fumble return, (Joseph Williams run), 7:46.
E-Jarrett 46 pass from James Coleman (run failed).
F-Jesse Pruitt 10 run (Rios kick), 10:23.
F-Michael Dyer 26 pass from David Andrews (Rios kick), 9:27.
E-Brenden Moore 28 run (kick failed), 6:45.
F-Andrews 8 run (Rios kick), 2:02.
F-Pruitt 1 run (Rios kick).
F-Jake Elkins 22 run (Rios kick), 8:41.
E-Moore 12 run (Johnny Lyons run), 1:54.
Total Yards-Forrest 310, E. Robertson 281.
Rushing-Forrest 284, E. Robertson 121.
Passing-Forrest 26, E. Robertson 160.
Forrest-Jake Elkins 7-82-TD, Slayton Wild 7-60, Clay Watson 2-44-TD, Bryton Spitzley 7-40, Jacob Jones 3-36, Joseph Williams 5-18, David Andrews 1-9-TD, Jesse Pruitt 2-7-2TD, Austin Porter 2-3, Troy Turner 3-(-4), Layton Bennett 1-(-9).
Forrest-David Andrews 1-3-26-TD, Jake Elkins 0-1.
Forrest-Michael Dyer 1-26-TD.
Turnovers-Forrest 2, E. Robertson 7.
Fumbles recovered-Forrest; Dylan Pendley 2, Billy Clanton 1 (TD), Slayton Wild 1 (TD), Jake Elkins 1, Zach Russell 1, Neyland Darnell 1.
Tackles-Forrest; Jesse Pruitt 6, Boone Sweeney 5 (2 sacks), Billy Clanton 5, Bryton Spitzley 5, Anthony Kritz 5, Clay Watson 4, Josh Hill 4, Slayton Wild 3, Jacob Jones 2, Tanner Kerr 2, Garrett Nevison 2, Austin Porter 2, Payton Sisk 2, Jake Elkins 1 (sack), Allen Williams 1, Joseph Williams 1, Dylan Pendley 1, Zach Russell 1.
Kickoff returns-Forrest; Slayton Wild 3-97-TD