Rockets take weird win

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Rockets run out before their game versus Moore County Friday night at Murrey E. Holton Field in Chapel Hill. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Nobody close to the Forrest football program can remember anything like this ever happening before as the Rockets claimed a 7-0 win after running just one offensive series before a huge weather system that contained dangerous lightening engulfed most of Middle Tennessee Friday night, including Chapel Hill.

After an initial hour and a half delay, both teams took the field, but it was short-lived as more lightning was detected nearby and the TSSAA referee crew sent the squads back to the locker room.

Shortly afterwards the game was cancelled and Forrest coach Brent Johns met with Moore County coach Jason Dobbs to discuss the outcome.

Raiders leave

"We kept holding out as long as we could because we wanted to get it in tonight because we had everybody here...concession stand workers, officials, press box crew and things like that," Forrest coach Brent Johns said. "We waited as long as we could and when we saw that the lightning was not going to stop anytime soon, the Moore County coaches and the administration felt like they needed to get their kids back home."

Dobbs and Johns came to an agreement under the National Federation of State High School Associations' rule number 3-1 that states, "Games interrupted because of events beyond the control of the responsible administrative authority shall be continued from the point of interruption, unless the teams agree to terminate the game with the existing score, or as otherwise provided by state association adoption."

"Playing tomorrow (Saturday) would be up to them because they would be the ones travelling and they just decided it was in the best interest of their football team not to continue the game and give us the 7-0 win," Johns stated. "They felt like they were healthy and have a big district game next week, so they decided to just end it there."

Both coaches agreed to this outcome and the game was deemed an official 7-0 win for the Rockets.

Scoring drive

The visiting Moore County Raiders won the opening coin toss Friday night at Murrey E. Holton Field and they deferred to the second half.

That was a huge mistake.

Moore County kicked off and Troy Turner covered up at the Forrest 31-yard line.

Jacob Jones ran for three yards before Slayton Wild picked up a Forrest first down at the Moore County 49-yard line.

Senior Jacob Jones (21) breaks off a 14-yard run for the Rockets, who moved to 2-0 after a weather shortened win over Moore County.

Jones busted off a 14-yard run for another first down before Rocket quarterback Layton Bennett found Anthony Kritz for an eight-yard pass and catch to the Moore County 27-yard line.

Wild run

Wild took a handoff and buried several Moore County defenders before being knocked out of bounds at the Raiders' 13-yard line.

"It looked like Wild was going to run the ball pretty good tonight," Johns said. "He was going to be a little more physical than last week and it looked like he was really ready to get going."

Sophomore tailback (13) Wesley McCoy races in for an 11-yard touchdown in the only offensive series of the game.

Sophomore Wesley McCoy took the handoff from Bennett and scampered to the end zone for the touchdown, making it 6-0.

"He (McCoy) was 1-for-1 again this week, he now has two carries and two scores," Johns said

McCoy has two touches on the season and both have gone for touchdowns.

Javier Rios' extra point boot was true and Forrest led 7-0 with 9:21 remaining in the first quarter.

Game's end

Before the ensuing kickoff, lightning struck nearby and the game would not be restarted.

"We ran six plays on offense and all of them were positive plays," Johns said. "We made quick work and we were sharp."

Javier Rios (86) kicks the extra point for the Rockets.

With the 7-0 shutout, Forrest completed a four-year blanking over the Raiders with a combined score of 93-0.

"One of the goals coming into this game for the defense and it's been a big one, was to hold them to zero points because it's the fourth straight year that they haven't scored on us and our seniors wanted to the first class in Forrest history not to be scored on by Moore County," Johns said. "It's a great achievement and even though we didn't finish the game, it will go down in the record books."

Road trip

The Rockets (2-0) open up Region 4AA play Friday night when they travel to Westmoreland (0-2), who have been handed back-to-back shutout losses by Trousdale County (21-0) and Macon County (35-0) to open the season.

"We will start on them early tomorrow morning, I don't know if they still want to swap film tonight because we are only going to send them six plays," Johns said. "We may just end up getting last week's game on them and not get tonight's game. They may hold that one on us because we don't have anything to send them."

The Rockets beat the Eagles 35-7 at Chapel Hill last season in the first meeting between the two schools since Westmoreland eliminated Forrest 34-7 in the quarterfinals of the 1977 playoffs.

Moore County 0 x x x-0

Forrest 7 x x x-7

Scoring plays

First quarter

Forrest-Wesley McCoy 11 yard run, (Javier Rios kick), 9:21


Forrest-Rushing 61, passing 8 yards

Rushing-Slayton Wild 2-33, Jacob Jones 2-17, Wesley McCoy 1-11-TD

Passing-Hunter Bennett 1-1-8

Receiving-Anthony Kritz 1-8


Extra points-Javier Rios 1-1

Kickoff returns- Troy Turner 1-0

Next game- Friday, September 2 at Westmoreland, 7 p.m.