Unbeaten Rockets pound Vikings

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Jacob Jones turns to the outside and off to the end zone 55 yards for his second punt return touchdown of the night in the Rockets' 42-0 win at Community Friday night. Tribune Photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Forrest Rockets took a businesslike approach to Unionville Friday night, shutting out the Vikings 42-0 to remain unbeaten on the season.

"We just wanted to come over here and get a win and move on to Homecoming week," Forrest coach Brent Johns said.

The Rockets (5-0, 2-0) rushed for 211 yards in the contest and threw for 100 more, while the defense held Community to 157 total yards and did not allow the Vikings to cross midfield the entire first half.

"The game plan was just like every week, be physical on both sides of the ball and I think we did that tonight," Jones said.

By halftime, the game was already over.


Troy Turner (25) follows the blocks of Billy Clanton (16), Layton Bennett (7) and Tate Garvin (62) on a 27-yard run.

The Rockets scored a pair of first quarter touchdowns and crossed the Community goal line three more times in the second quarter to invoke the 35-point mercy rule in the third quarter.

Senior Jacob Jones returned two punts for touchdowns in the first half, the first coming from 45 yards out late in the first quarter and with 7:42 remaining in the first half, Jones' second return from 55-yards made it a 28-0 contest.

"That was huge and we kept trying and trying to get him another one, but he just couldn't get up enough to get the ones that bounced," Johns said.

Slayton Wild also had a big night on offense for the Rockets, scoring on a 46-yard run to close the first half and the senior all-purpose standout scored from 75 yards out on a pass from sophomore backup quarterback Josh Meglis on the Rockets' first offensive snap of the second half.

Defensive stand

Forrest won the toss, but could not sustain its initial drive and had to punt, but the Vikings went nowhere on the Rockets' defense and punted the ball back to the Rockets, who put together a five-minute, 58-yard scoring drive that was capped off by a Nick McClendon four-yard run with 3:53 left in the first quarter.

Forrest senior kicker Javier Rios, who would go a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT kicks, made it 7-0.

The Rockets pushed Community back on defense, forcing the Vikings to punt and Jones fielded the ensuing kick, made a break to the middle of the field before cutting back to the sideline where he raced untouched for a touchdown.

Community was unable to move the ball again and had to punt after three snaps as the first quarter ended with Forrest leading 14-0.

On the move

Kagan Warren (36) hauls in a pass from Layton Bennett in the second quarter in Forrest's 42-0 blowout win at Community Friday night.

Meglis came on for starter Layton Bennett in the second quarter and engineered a nice scoring drive that included a quarterback sneak for a first down and pretty pass and catch hookup with Kagan Warren that resulted in a first down.

After a Dylan Pendley TD run was called back for holding on the Rockets, Forrest scored anyway three plays after the penalty on a Wesley McCoy 3-yard run.

The Vikings went three-and-out on their next offensive series and made the mistake of punting the ball to Jones, who went to the house again for a 28-0 Forrest lead.

"Coach (Kyle) Stacey and coach (Eli) Stephenson were giving me a hard time about how they have big guys up front and if I don't return one I would lose my starting spot, so I took two to the house," Jones said.

Record missed

A pair of penalties on the Vikings' next offensive series turned into another punt that Jones thought about fielding, but a bouncing ball changed his mind and the Rockets took over near midfield.

"I could have got that, but it was too risky," Jones said, who at the time did not know three punt returns in one game would be a school record. "If I knew it at the time, I would have tried to catch it if I knew it was the school record."

Slayton Wild takes off on a 75-yard TD catch from Josh Meglis in the third quarter.

Two plays later, Wild dashed to the end zone from the 46-yard line, making it 35-0 with 2:45 remaining in the first half.

Community got the ball first in the second half as the clock ran continuously under the mercy rule, and on a fourth-and-seven play, Forrest freshman cornerback Cole Villazon picked off Wyatt Sobiek.

On the next snap, Meglis tossed a hitch pass to Wild, who bulldozed a Community tackler before turning it up the sidelines for the score.

Younger players

Billy Clanton (16) chases down Community quarterback Wyatt Sobiek (2) for one of his nine tackles in the contest.

The Vikings put together their best drive of the game on the next series versus essentially the Forrest junior varsity squad, but the drive ended on another interception, this time on a circus catch by senior Luke Cunningham in the end zone with 7:14 remaining in the contest.

"We were very impressed with the way pour young kids handled varsity action," Johns said. "Cole Villazon had to grow up really quick when (Anthony) Kritz went down. He made several big tackles and had a big interception to stop a Community scoring drive."

Johns went on to say, "I was also happy with Meglis. He came in and had a shaky start early, but quickly turned it around and ran the offense well."

Forrest ran out the clock and will now look forward to a Homecoming night match-up with Cascade (2-3, 0-2) at Murrey E. Holton Memorial Field in Chapel Hill Friday with Homecoming ceremonies at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. kickoff versus the Champions.

"They (Cascade) are much, much, much improved and we have got to find a way to block out the distractions this week and mix Homecoming with our preparation for this big region game," Johns stated.

Forrest 14 21 7 0-42

Community 0 0 0 0-0

Scoring Plays

First Quarter

Forrest-Nick McClendon 4 run, Javier Rios kick, 3:53

Forrest-Jacob Jones 45 punt return, Rios kick, 2:06

Second Quarter

Forrest-Wesley McCoy 2 run, Rios kick, 9:30

Forrest-Jones 55 punt return, Rios kick, 7:42

Forrest-Slayton Wild 46 run, Rios kick, 2:45

Third Quarter

Forrest-Wild 75 pass from Josh Meglis, Dalton Colvin kick, 5:55

Total Offense-Forrest 311, Community 157

Passing-Forrest 100, Community 51

Rushing-Forrest 211, Community 106

Turnovers-Community 2, Forrest 0

Penalties-Forrest 2-20, Community 7-61

Forrest Offense

Passing-Layton Bennett 0-1, Josh Meglis 3-3-100-TD

Rushing-Slayton Wild 4-60-TD, Troy Turner 3-40, Scrappy Osborne 6-40, Nick McClendon 4-21-TD, Jacob Jones 3-18, Wesley McCoy 3-12-TD, Cole Villazon 1-12, Dylan Pendley 2-11, Josh Meglis 2-(-2), Layton Bennett 1-(-1)

Receiving-Wild 1-94-TD, Kagan Warren 1-6


Tackles-Billy Clanton 9, Nick McClendon 5, Blaize Sweeney 5, Jonathan Lykins 3, Wesley McCoy 3, Austin Geeting 3, Michael Dyer 2, Ryan Dyer 2, Austin Porter 2, Pryor Haines 2, Jacob Jones 2, Josh Hill 1, Tate Garvin 1, Garrett Nevison 1, Scrappy Osborne 1, Luke Cunningham 3 (INT), Troy Turner 3, Cole Villazon 3 (INT), Slayton Wild 1, Gavin Adams 1, Alex Patmore 1


PAT-Javier Rios 5-5, Dalton Colvin 1-1

Punting-Jacob Jones 1-50


Punt Returns-Jacob Jones 3-102-2TD, Wesley McCoy 1-14