Rockets rout Cascade, await Community showdown
The rout was on early at Cascade Friday night as it was all Rockets in a huge 48-13 non-region victory over the winless Champions.
“We challenged them in the locker room to come out and be physical early and be sharp early on both sides of the ball and we accomplished that,” Forrest coach Brent Johns said.
Forrest (3-6, 2-3) scored the first five times they had the ball and once on defense, putting Cascade (0-9, 0-4) away as they led 27-0 at the end of the first quarter and 41-6 at halftime.
“I’m glad this senior class is going out having never lost to Cascade,” Johns said.
The Rockets have one regular season game remaining at Community this week and by all accounts it will be treated like a first-round playoff as the winner continues on in the postseason and the loser goes home.
The Vikings (4-5, 2-3) thrashed Summertown 40-13 at Unionville Friday night to set up the winner take all battle.
“We will be in full playoff mode from here on out, they know that extending their season is on the line,” Johns said. “This senior class has played in a whole bunch of playoff games in their life and a bunch of important football games, so they know how to prepare for an important football game like this one coming up.”
The Rockets are 10-0 all-time versus the Vikings.
Forrest received the opening kickoff at Wartrace and needed just three plays on offense to score as Nick McClendon romped to the end zone from 22 yards out.
McClendon had seven carries for 121 yards to lead the Forrest rushing attack that put up 344 yards on the Community defense.
“We only ran about three different schemes the first half and the whole game,” Johns said. “But it was three schemes we wanted to establish and we did what we needed to do with that tonight.”
Cascade had the ball after the McClendon touchdown, but not for long as linebacker Drew Carlisle picked off a pass and raced 66 yards for a score and the Rockets led 14-0 with 8:50 remaining in the first quarter.
The FHS defense forced a three-and-out and four plays later, Wes McCoy scored on a 23-yard touchdown run.
Cascade could not muster any offense and punted again.
The Rockets scored again on a Troy Turner 37-yard touchdown run.
Turner finished with 77 yards and two touchdowns in the contest.
After gaining a first down on their next series, the Champions went backwards and had to kick the ball away to Cole Villazon, who made a tough fair catch at the Cascade 45-yard line.
On the next snap, Blaize Sweeney took a handoff and raced up the middle all the way to pay dirt, making it a 34-0 contest with 10:19 remaining in the first half.
The Champs went three-and-out again before the Rockets put the cap on the rout, going 73 yards on four plays as McClendon ripped off a 22-yard run to set up Turner’s second touchdown of the game from 15 yards out.
Cascade finally got on the board, scoring only its seventh touchdown of the season on a long 78-yard Colby Melson strike to Ryan Goodson.
The Champions missed the extra point and the first half ended with Forrest up by 35 points at 41-6.
The mercy rule went in to affect in the third quarter as the Rockets went to mostly backups the rest of the contest.
Cascade scored another touchdown in the third quarter on a Mason James 67-yard pass from Melson and Forrest freshman quarterback Max Kirby finished off the scoring in the game when he punched it in from 1-yard out with 5:15 remaining in the contest.
Forrest 27 14 0 7-48
Cascade 0 6 7 0-13
Forrest-Nick McClendon 22 run (Dalton Colvin kick) 10:59.
Forrest-Drew Carlisle 66 interception return (Carson Baker kick) 8:50.
Forrest-Wes McCoy 23 run (kick failed) 5:20.
Forrest-Troy Turner 37 run (Baker kick) 2:37.
Forrest-Blaize Sweeney 45 run (Colvin kick) 10:19.
Forrest- Turner 15 run (Baker kick) 5:00.
Cascade-Ryan Goodson 78 pass from Colby Melson (kick failed) 3:10.
Cascade-Mason James 67 pass from Melson (Chay Chumley kick) 0:12.
Forrest-Max Kirby 1 run (Colvin kick) 5:15.
Total Yards-Forrest 399, Cascade 286
Rushing-Forrest 344, Cascade 77
Passing-Forrest 42, Cascade 222
Turnovers-Forrest 1, Cascade 3
Rushing-Nick McClendon 7-121-TD, Troy Turner 3-77-2TD, Joseph Whitaker 11-48, Blaize Sweeney 1-45-TD, Wes McCoy 2-32-TD, Hunter Pendley 3-5, Cannon Cervantes 2-5, Max Kirby 3-4-TD, Jeff Gross 1-4, Jacob Wright 1-3, Layton Bennett 1-0
Passing-Josh Meglis 1-2-22-INT, Max Kirby 2-3-15, Layton Bennett 1-2-5
Receiving-Spencer McCown 2-27, Joseph Whitaker 1-15, Jordan Voss 1-0
Tackles-Jeff Gross 5 (INT), Blaize Sweeney 4, Drew Carlisle 2 (INT TD), Josh Hill 2, Gauge Anderson 2, Colby Bluthardt 2, Troy Turner 2, Jacob Wright 2, Alex Patmore 1, Bryton Spitzley 1, Parker Stuard 1, Nathan Trout 1 (SACK), Cole Villazon 1, Joseph Whitaker 1, Ryan Dyer 1, Tate Garvin 1, Austin Geeting 1, Pryor Haines 1, Spencer McCown 1, Wes McCoy 1 (INT), Josh Meglis 1, Jayme Ozburn 1, Kody Patin 1
PAT-Dalton Colvin 3-4, Carson Baker 3-3
Kickoffs-Noah Hill 2-2, Jacob Wright 1-9
Punts-Cole Villazon 5-4