Tigers ground Rockets, win DRVC title

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
From left are All-DRVC selections from Forrest, Max Kirby, Joseph Whittaker, Jamon Moates, Noah Hill and Hunter Pendley. Tribune Photos by Anthony S. Puca

In a long awaited rematch, Forrest and Fayetteville Middle School met again Thursday at the home of the undefeated Tigers and this time the prize was the Duck River Valley Conference (DRVC) title.

Forrest's only loss of the season was to Fayetteville and the Rockets knew coming into the contest they had to stop Tiger quarterback Trey Allen, who had hurt them badly in the earlier setback.

They didn't.

Allen, who was selected as the DRVC MVP after the game, rushed the ball 21 times for 187 yards and two touchdowns, ran in a pair of two-point conversions and tossed another in a dominating 24-0 win over the Rockets.

FMS coach Cory Searcy tries to get the Rockets going at Fayetteville.

"We knew coming into the game we would have to block, have to tackle, play great special teams and not turn the ball over and we did not do any of that tonight," FMS coach Cory Searcy said. "There is no excuse, Fayetteville is a good team, we knew that and they won tonight. Congratulations to Fayetteville."

Forrest, the defending DRVC champs went silent on offense, gaining a measly 32 yards, garnering three first downs and crossed the 50-yard line just once in the contest and that came in the fourth quarter.

"It never crossed our mind that somebody could do that to us," Searcy said. "We helped them out by shooting ourselves in the foot and you can't do that."

Fayetteville (9-0) won the coin toss and on the first play from scrimmage, Allen rambled for a 71-yard touchdown and added the two-point run, making it 8-0 with just 20 seconds gone in the game.

Hunter Pendley (6) tries to get to the edge of the Fayetteville defense.

FMS turned the ball over on downs and Fayetteville marched deep into Forrest territory before Hunter Pendley jumped on a bad snap from center, giving the Rockets some much needed momentum.

Joseph Whittaker picked up the Rockets' initial first down on a 10-yard scamper before two quarterback sacks set FMS way back where they were forced to punt with 5:45 remaining in the first half.

Allen led the Tigers down the field again, all the way to the Forrest 14-yard line where an incomplete fourth down pass caused by some pressure on Allen from Christian Hammond was off target and the Rockets took over.

A Hunter Pendley 10-yard run gave FMS some hope, but they went nowhere after that and were forced to punt with 1:12 left in the first half.

Fayetteville failed to score before the half ended and the Rockets got the ball first in the second half.

Forrest could not move the ball and had to punt after three plays and to make matters worse, the kick was short, going out of bounds at midfield.

Jamon Moats (60) chases Tiger standout quarterback Trey Allen (3) in the DRVC title game Thursday night.

Allen gained six yards on first down before taking off again down to the 17-yrd line and a personal foul on the Rockets made it first-and-goal from the nine where Billy Taylor ran it in for the touchdown and Allen added the two-point conversion, making it 16-0.

The Rockets went backwards on their next series and had to punt again and Fayetteville took over, going on a long, back-breaking drive that ate up the last four minutes of the third quarter and three more in the fourth before Allen scored again and followed the TD with a two-point conversion pass to Garrett Davis.

"He (Allen) is a very good ball player and very tough, he has a bright future ahead of him," Searcy said. "We wanted to run at him and wanted to hit him and we did all that, but we just had too many mistakes to overcome."

Cannon Cervantes catches a pass and tries to run up field.

The Rockets (7-2) had one last chance to break the shutout, but could not muster enough offense to score and that was the game and the season.

"There were a lot of teams that wished they were here, the guys worked hard and tonight was their reward for what they have accomplished," Searcy said. "I'm really proud of them, I'm grateful to be part of the program and have the opportunity to lead them. Now we have some fire for the offseason and reasons to work harder."

Forrest 0 0 0 0-0

Fayetteville 8 0 8 8-24

Scoring plays

First quarter

Fayetteville-Trey Allen 71 run, Allen 2-pt. run, 7:40

Third quarter

Fayetteville-Billy Taylor 9 run, Allen 2-pt. run, 4:46

Fourth quarter

Fayetteville-Allen 1 run, Garrett Davis pass from Allen, 4:56

Total Offense-Fayetteville 217, Forrest 32

Passing-Fayetteville 3, Forrest 8

Rushing-Fayetteville 214, Forrest 24

Turnovers-Fayetteville 1, Forrest 1

Forrest Offense

Passing-Max Kirby 1-4-8-INT

Receiving-Cannon Cervantes 1-8

Rushing-Hunter Pendley 5-15, Cason Warner 4-8, John Dippold 1-3, Joseph Whittaker 7-0, Cannon Cervantes 1-(-2)

Fayetteville Offense

Passing-Trey Allen 1-4-3

Receiving-Garrett Davis 1-3

Rushing-Trey Allen 21-187-2TD, Billy Taylor 6-12-TD, Graham Pace 4-12

Interceptions-Billy Taylor (Fayetteville)

Fumble Recoveries-Hunter Pendley (Forrest)