Rockets suffer overtime loss in rain-soaked affair

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Neighboring rivals Forrest and Eagleville have been through some very exciting big games over the course of history and Friday night’s rain soaked affair at Eagleville will be remembered a long time, especially by the Eagles’ fans as the home team came up with a nail biting 21-20 overtime win.

“I thought that Friday night was our most complete game as far as playing all four quarters,” Forrest coach Brent Johns said.

Forrest fell to 0-3 on the season with the loss to the undefeated Eagles, who took the win when Jonathon Vermillion kicked a successful PAT in overtime after Dalton Colvin had missed a PAT boot after a Forrest score.

Both squads line up in the rain-soaked game at Eagleville Friday night.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

“Our young kickers have done a good job early on, but the wet conditions made it really tough Friday night,” Johns stated.

Amazingly, the two teams did not turn the ball over in the contest and the offensive output was about equal with Forrest putting up 258 yards of total offense and Eagleville 256.

The Rockets rushed for 207 yards on the sloppy turf with Troy Turner leading the way with 97 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. Nick McClendon carried the ball 17 times for 58 yards and an overtime touchdown run.

“We ran the ball well all night, even into overtime scoring on just two run plays,” Johns said. “And that’s what will hopefully help us turn this thing around.”

Three Rocket defenders (Blaize Sweeney, Troy Turner, Joel Burton) sack Eagleville quarterback Ethan Cobb.

As expected, Eagleville held the advantage in the passing game with Ethan Cobb throwing for 139 yards and one touchdown and the senior signal caller ran for 68 yards and two scores.

“We had planned on throwing a little more and running more to the outside, but I felt it was safer in those conditions to go straight at them more,” Johns said. “It’s harder for our backs to make cuts on a wet field.”

Wide receiver Graham Hatcher had six receptions for 74 yards.

“They are very good,” Johns said. “They both made plays when their team needed them the most. Cobb is just as big of a run threat as he is a pass threat.”

Josh Meglis gets ready to throw a 39-yard strike to Spencer McCown in the second half of Forrest’s 21-20 overtime loss at Eagleville Friday night.

Forrest passed for just 51 yards in the game, all coming from backup Josh Meglis, who threw a 39-yard strike to Spencer McCown and 12-yard hitch pass to Nick McClendon.

Starting quarterback Layton was hurt in the first half after one incomplete passing attempt and his status is day-to-day.

“Bennett is probably only out for a few days, we will know more about that later this week,” Johns said. “Meglis did do a great job of coming in in a tight spot and running our offense really well. He works hard every day to prepare himself for situations just like that.”

The big bugaboo once again for the Rockets was penalties, many coming at crucial times in the game to extend an Eagles’ drive or kill one of their own on offense.

“The penalties are our biggest concern right now,” Johns stated. “We worked really hard last week in practice to do some things to cut down on penalties and we will continue to work even harder at that this week.”

The Rockets scored on their second drive of the game on a Bennett 2-yard run with 2:52 remaining in the second quarter and led 7-0 until Eagleville tied the game with 8:56 left in the first half on a Cobb 10-yard TD run.

Turner scored from 10 yards out early in the third quarter, but the Eagles came back again, tying the game at 14 on a Cobb TD pass to Trevor Griffin with nine plus minutes to play in the contest.

Both teams had a chance to win the game with a field goal, but Vermillion missed from 39-yards out with 1:18 to play and Colvin missed a long attempt from 42-yards with 22 seconds remaining in the contest.

Nick McClendon is fired up after scoring an overtime touchdown.

Forrest got the ball first in overtime and scored on a McClendon run, but the extra point was wide left, making it 20-14.

The Eagles scored after two Cobbs runs to tie and Vermillion’s extra point was true to end the game.

The Rockets host Summertown (0-3) at Murrey E. Holton Field in Chapel Hill for Homecoming this week.

Forrest 7 0 7 0 6-20

Eagleville 0 7 0 7 7-21

First quarter

Forrest-Layton Bennett 2-yard run, Carson Baker PAT, 2:52

Second quarter

Eagleville-Ethan Cobb 10-yard run, Jonathon Vermillion PAT, 8:56

Third quarter

Forrest-Troy Turner 10-yard run, Dalton Colvin PAT, 6:09

Fourth quarter

Eagleville- Trevor Griffin 6-yard pass from Cobb, Vermillion PAT, 9:04

Overtime

Forrest-Zack McClendon 1-yard run, PAT NG

Eagleville-Cobb 1-yard run, Vermillion PAT

Total offense-Forrest 258, Eagleville 256

Rushing-Forrest 207, Eagleville 117

Passing-Forrest 51, Eagleville 139

First downs-Forrest 13, Eagleville 15

Turnovers-Forrest 0, Eagleville 0

Penalties-Forrest 7-70, Eagleville 5-35

Forrest

Rushing-Troy Turner 16-97-TD, Nick McClendon 17-58-TD, Wes McCoy 3-34, Cole Villazon 3-16, Drew Carlisle 1-9, Josh Meglis 4-5, Layton Bennett 4-(12)

Passing-Layton Bennett 0-1-0, Josh Meglis 2-5-51

Receiving-Spencer McCown 1-39, Nick McClendon 1-12

Kicking

PAT-Dalton Colvin 1-2, Carson Baker 1-1

FG-Dalton Colvin 0-1

Defense

Tackles-Drew Carlisle 10, Josh Hill 5, Parker Stuard 5, Dylan Pendley 4, Blaize Sweeney 4, Cole Villazon 4, Austin Geeting 3, Bryton Spitzley 3, Wes McCoy 3, Nathan Trout 2, Pryor Haines 1, Dowlen Hosford 1, Troy Turner 1 (SACK).