Rockets smash Eagles in Homecoming rout
The Forrest Rockets (1-3, 1-1) needed a win in a big way and they got it Friday night, shutting out Summertown 49-0 on Homecoming at Murrey E. Holton Field in Chapel Hill.
“Hopefully it’s the shot in the arm we needed to start digging out of this hole in the region race,” Forrest coach Brent Johns said. “The team handled all the distractions extremely well. It was a great week.”
The Rockets sent a message to the Eagles early, scoring 14 points in the first quarter and 21 in the second period to take a commanding 35-0 lead at the half.
After a Nick McClendon 13-yard touchdown scamper in the third quarter, the rest of the game was played under a running clock.
Forrest put up 426 yards of total offense in the game with 258 yards posted in the running game, while adding 168 yards in a much-needed passing attack in the first matchup between the two schools.
“We wanted to throw a little more to try and back some of these defenses up,” Johns said. “Maybe this will help with the run game.”
McClendon led the ground assault with seven carries for 115 yards and a touchdown and Wes McCoy also had a nice game with 82 yards on five carries and two TDs.
Troy Turner had 28 yards and a score and Joseph Whittaker rushed for 28 yards and a touchdown.
“They all had good games running and protecting the ball, all the way down to the freshman Joseph Whitaker,” Johns said. “Our big O-line deserves a ton of credit here.”
The junior signal caller Josh Meglis, filling in for an injured Layton Bennett went 7-for-10 for 168 yards and had a pair of touchdown tosses, utilizing five receivers.
Junior Spencer McCown led the way with two catches for 75 yards, including a 40-yard catch and run for a touchdown.
Cole Villazon had two receptions for 60 yards, Ethan Ethridge hauled in one catch for 15 yards, Troy Turner had one grab for 13 yards, and Colby Bluthardt came up with one 5-yard catch for a touchdown.
“Meglis did do a good job coming in for Bennett,” Johns said. “I had no doubts that he would though, he has a skill set that we had planned on utilizing later in the season, but this injury forced us to do it sooner.”
The Forrest defense lost a lot of key components from last year’s squad, but seemed to gel on Friday in the big shutout win.
“Coach (Eli) Stephenson had a great game plan,” Johns stated. “We hope that we can continue that style of play next week at Columbia Academy.”
Forrest hits the road this week when they travel to Columbia Academy (3-1, 1-0) in another Region 5/2A tilt versus the Bulldogs, who won at Lipscomb Academy 17-7.
“All of our games are huge for us from here on out,” Johns said. “This just happens to be the one we are playing this week.”
It will be the first meeting between the two schools since Forrest handed the Bulldogs a 50-0 pasting in 2006.
Summertown 0 0 0 0-0
Forrest 14 21 14 0-49
Forrest-Wes McCoy 1-yard run, Dalton Colvin PAT, 8:53
Forrest-McCoy 58-yard run, Carson Baker PAT, 5:07
Forrest-Troy Turner 5-yard run, Colvin PAT, 11:54
Forrest-Spencer McCown 40-yard pass from Josh Meglis, Baker PAT, 8:30
Forrest-Colby Bluthardt 5-yard pass from Meglis, Colvin PAT, 0:06
Forrest-Nick McClendon 13-yard run, Baker PAT, 7:14
Forrest-Joseph Whitaker 1-yard run, Colvin PAT, 0:00
Total Offense-Summertown 98, Forrest 426
Rushing-Summertown 88, Forrest 258
Passing-Summertown 10, Forrest 168
First downs-Summertown 6, Forrest 15
Penalties-Summertown 2-17, Forrest 8-95
Turnovers-Summertown 3, Forrest 0
Rushing-Nick McClendon 7-115-TD, Wes McCoy 5-82-2TD, Troy Turner 4-28-TD, Joseph Whittaker 3-26-TD, Dylan Pendley 2-8, Justin Leonard 1-4, Colby Bluthardt 1-3, Austin Porter 1-1, Josh Meglis 2-(-9)
Passing-Josh Meglis 7-10-168-2TD
Receiving-Spencer McCown 2-75-TD, Cole Villazon 2-60, Ethan Ethridge 1-15, Troy Turner 1-13, Colby Bluthardt 1-5-TD
Tackles-Drew Carlisle 7, Dylan Pendley 4 (INT), Jacob Wright 4, Bryton Spitzley 3, Jeff Gross 3, Troy Turner 2, Cole Villazon 2, Sammy Williams 2, Pryor Haines 2 (SACK, INT), Josh Hill 2, Dowlen Hosford 2, Ryan Dyer 2, Spencer McCown 2, Alex Allen 1, Gauge Anderson 1, Dalton Colvin 1, Austin Geeting 1, Carter Housch 1, Nick McClendon 1Alex Patmore 1, Hunter Pendley 1, Blaize Sweeney 1, Nathan Trout 1 (SACK), Noah Hill 1 (SACK)
PAT-Dalton Colvin 4-4, Carson Baker 3-3
Kickoffs-Cole Villazon 1-2