FMS blanks Raiders, earns DRVC title shot

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
FMS quarterback Max Kirby, who threw for 164 yards and a touchdown at Moore County, lines up behind his center Braden Bowyer (63). Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The FMS Rockets took care of their last roadblock in the way of back-to-back Duck River Valley Conference titles Thursday night at Moore County, shutting out the Raiders 37-0 in a dominating performance.

"It was a total team win and great effort by our guys, FMS coach Corey Searcy said. "We had a great week of practice and we took care of business in Lynchburg. This team is fun to be around and I have enjoyed every day with them."

Winning streak

The Rockets (7-1) have won six games in row since losing 22-18 to Fayetteville in the second game of the season and now have their long awaited chance at redemption in the DRVC title game Thursday night at the home of the Tigers.

"It was our goal and expectation to get to the DRVC championship," Searcy said. "Our guys work hard in the offseason and this is the reward they get. When you play and coach at Forrest, it's expected that you get this far and compete for championships."

The Rockets scored 15 points in the first and third periods and added seven in the second quarter.

Forrest had its best overall offensive performance of the season, rushing the rock 25 times for 234 yards and stepped it up in the passing game as Max Kirby played brilliantly, completing 7-of-10 passes for 164 yards and a touchdown.

On the line

"Max made many calls at the line to throw," Searcy stated. "He is a really good leader on the field. And our line did an outstanding job with Cole Getting playing very well for us."

Kirby's main target in the game was Cannon Cervantes, who hauled in four passes for 121 yards and a touchdown.

"On film their technique on pass coverage was something we felt we could take advantage of and we did," Searcy said. "Cannon and Max played lights out, some of the throws and catches they made were amazing."

FMS running back Joseph Whittaker, who leads the Rockets with 648 yards and 10 touchdowns on the season, scored twice at Moore County and gained 92 yards.

Joseph Whittaker led the way once again in the ground game at Moore County, picking up 92 yards on 10 carries, while scoring two touchdowns and catching a two-point conversion pass from Max Kirby.

"Jo Whitaker ran like a man possessed," Searcy said. "He has a bright future."

Earlier contest

The defending DRVC champion Rockets, who beat Liberty for the title last season to cap off a perfect 9-0 slate, let the early season game versus the Tigers slip away as they went 0-for-3 on two-point conversion tries.

Fayetteville also doubled Forrest's rushing total in the contest 222-to-111 and Searcy knows in order to win the Rockets must execute the ball control offense.

"We will play ball control first and foremost and we hope our guys can win the line of scrimmage and control the clock," Searcy said. "But it just comes down to tackling and lining up properly and the last time we did not do that very well. It will be a huge challenge for us, but I know our guys and we will show up ready to play. We will play hard and determined."

Forrest 15 7 15 0-37

Moore County 0 0 0 0-0

Scoring plays

First quarter

Forrest-Hunter Pendley 21 run, Joseph Whittaker pass from Max Kirby, 2:12

Forrest-Whittaker 10 run, Carson Baker PAT, 0:00

Second quarter

Forrest-Whittaker 9 run, Baker PAT, 4:15

Third quarter

Forrest-Cason Warner 1 run, Baker PAT, 3:14

Forrest-Cannon Cervantes 31 pass from Kirby, Kirby PAT run, 1:13

Total Offense-Forrest 398, Moore County 43

Passing-Forrest 164, Moore County 1

Rushing-Forrest 234, Moore County 42

Penalties-Forrest 4-35, Moore County 4-30

Forrest offense

Passing-Max Kirby 7-10-164-TD

Receiving-Cannon Cervantes 4-121-TD, Christian Hammond 2-31, Justin Gillespie 1-12

Rushing-Joseph Whittaker 10-92-2TD, Cason Warner 5-64-TD, Hunter Pendley 4-49-TD, John Dippold 1-24, Max Kirby 2-10, Bryson Smith 1-1, Justin Gillespie 1-(-3), James Brayden 1-(-3)


Tackles-Cason Warner 10, James Moates 9, Joseph Whittaker 7, Jared Osborne 2, Hunter Pendley 2, Max Kirby 2, Cannon Cervantes 1, Christian Hammond 1, Noah Hill 1, James Newman 1