Mistake-prone Rockets fall at Columbia Academy
The Forrest Rockets shot themselves in the foot Friday night in a tough Region 5A 14-6 loss at Columbia Academy.
It was an even game as far as the competition on the field, but the Rockets gave the game away, failing to score twice inside the CA 5-yard line, missing a short field goal, and committing some really untimely penalties.
“This feels like a broken record,” Forrest coach Brent Johns said. “This is the fourth time this year with penalties, penalties, penalties, penalties and not being disciplined.”
“It’s not like we are not working on it, we are doing everything we know to do to instill discipline and we are not executing that.”
The Forrest defense stopped two scoring drives by Columbia in the first quarter on a missed field goal and then stuffing the Bulldogs at the Forrest 19-yard line.
The Rockets did not have any field position at all and had to punt on both of their drives as the first quarter ended in a 0-0 deadlock.
Forrest punted again with 10:36 remaining in the second quarter and the Bulldogs marched deep into Forrest territory, using four minutes off the clock only to be stopped again on a fourth down incompletion.
The Rockets took over at their own 22-yard line with 6:05 left in the first half and faced a third-and-9 when Josh Meglis found Troy Turner with a pass to the CA 11-yard line.
Forrest ran the ball to the 4-yard line where they were stopped on a fourth-and-three with 39.3 seconds remaining in the first half.
The first half 0-0 tie moved to the third quarter and Forrest returned the kickoff to the 34-yard line and on the first snap of the series, Turner took it to the house for a touchdown.
The ensuing PAT snap was bobbled and an attempted pass for two points fell short, but Forrest had the lead at 6-0.
Turner had another good game for the Rockets as the senior carried the ball nine times for 107 out of the total 136 rushing yards for Forrest.
The Rocket defense stopped CA on another fourth down run, but the offense failed to move the ball and had to punt.
The first pivotal play occurred on CA’s next drive when a second down pass was intercepted by Forrest, but a questionable roughing the quarterback penalty on the play kept the drive alive.
Four plays later, Blake Kleinke hauled in a 12-yard pass from Chase Butterfield for a touchdown and Drew Logsdon kicked the PAT to put Columbia Academy ahead 7-6 with 1:41 remaining in the third quarter.
On Forrest’s next offensive series, a big run was called back on a pair of 15-yard penalties on a play on the sidelines and the promising drive sputtered with a punt by Wes McCoy that pinned CA deep in their own territory.
On the first play after the punt, CA running back Tre Davidson fumbled and Spencer McCown recovered at the Bulldogs’ 19-yard line with 10:09 remaining in the game.
“I gotta give coach (Eli) Stephenson a ton of credit,” Johns said. “He had a great defensive game plan and they played great all night.”
After three short runs, Dalton Colvin came on to try a 23-yard field goal, but the kick came up way short and CA took over.
The Bulldogs went on a grinding seven-minute drive that culminated on a Timmy Riley 3-yard touchdown run.
Logsdon’s extra point kick was true, giving CA a 14-6 lead with 1:29 left in the contest.
Forrest tried gallantly to stay in the game, but ran out of time.
The Rockets (1-4, 1-2) face another tough test Friday when they travel to Watertown (3-2, 1-1), who blasted Cascade 41-0.
The Purple Tigers will have revenge on their minds as the Rockets hold a 4-0 all-time record versus Watertown and are coming off back-to-back wins in 2016 (35-28) and 2015 (30-20).
“We have to fight to make the playoffs now,” Johns said. “We have to go back on Monday, do what we have been doing and try to get better.”
Forrest 0 0 6 0-6
Columbia Academy 0 0 7 7-14
Forrest-Troy Turner 68-yard run, PAT NG, 11:44
Columbia Academy-Blake Kleinke 12-yard pass from Chase Butterfield, Drew Logsdon PAT
Columbia Academy-Timmy Riley 3-yard run, Logsdon PAT
Total Offense-Forrest 226, Columbia Academy 337
Rushing-Forrest 136, Columbia Academy 205
Passing-Forrest 90, Columbia Academy 132
Turnovers-Forrest 0, Columbia Academy 1
Penalties-Forrest 8-90, Columbia Academy 7-75
Rushing-Troy Turner 9-107-TD, Nick McClendon 9-39, Austin Porter 1-5, Blaize Sweeney 2-4, Wes McCoy 4-3, Drew Carlisle 2-3, Layton Bennett 3-(-5), Josh Meglis 4-(-20)
Passing-Josh Meglis 6-15-90
Receiving-Troy Turner 2-47, Nick McClendon 1-18, Blaize Sweeney 2-14, Hunter Pendley 1-11
Tackles-Drew Carlisle 14, Nick McClendon 7, Dylan Pendley 7, Troy Turner 7, Parker Stuard 5, Josh Hill 4, Blaize Sweeney 4, Spencer McCown 3 (FUM REC), Joel Burton 2, Austin Geeting 1, Pryor Haines 1 (2 SACKS), Bryton Spitzley 1
Kickoffs-Troy Turner 1-30
Punts-Spencer McCown 1-1
Field Goals-Dalton Colvin 0-1
Punting-Wes McCoy 5-174