The Forrest Rockets’ rushing attack was simply too much for Middle Tennessee Christian to handle Friday night.
The Rockets rushed for 276 yards and five touchdowns as they defeated the winless Cougars 34-6 in their District 9-A matchup.
Brandon Beech led the Rockets’ powerful attack with 104 yards and three touchdowns. Richie Smith had 100 rushing yards, and quarterback Brooks Lamb had 70.
The Rockets were very proficient in their running game. They had 11 rushes of 10 yards or more in the game. Their backs would make one MTCS defender miss and run for big gains.
“They just lined up and ran right at us at will,” said MTCS coach Brian Stewart. “We didn’t do a good job shutting down running lanes, and we didn’t do a good job tackling. You’ve got to tip your hats to them though. They said, ‘We’re going to come right at you, and you can just take it.’ He said, ‘I’m giving it to my beasts,’ and he gave it to them, and they ran it right down our throats.”
MTCS quarterback Justin Winn came in after the first two series and provided a spark for the Cougars. He threw for 189 yards, and running back Tanner Green added 108 rushing yards for MTCS. The Cougars also drove the ball well at times, but two interceptions in the end zone ended potential scoring drives.
“I thought (Winn) came in and gave us a lift, he did some good things,” said Stewart. “He’ll get better with reps. I thought Tanner Green did an excellent job running the football. We had kids sick, we have kids throwing up. I didn’t know what to expect coming over here, and they shocked me (Friday night).”
The Rockets scored on their second possession, only taking three plays to go 47 yards after an interception gave them excellent field position. Beech capped the run with a 13-yard touchdown.
The Cougars scored on their first possession of the second quarter, going 63 yards in seven plays. Winn hooked up with Brayden Melton for a 37-yard pass inside of the 1-yard line. Meldon scored on the next play.
“That’s something that Justin gives us the ability to do, stretch the field,” said Stewart.
After the Cougars’ only touchdown, the Rockets took just five plays to score again. They went from their 33 into the end zone, keeping the ball on the ground. Beech had runs of 24 and 12 yards, Smith had an 18-yard run, and Beech ran for 3 and 4 yards into the end zone.
The Cougars drove down the field on their next possession to the Forrest 5. On second and goal, Winn threw an interception into the end zone to end the drive.
Forrest’s Beech scored his third touchdown of the game on the next drive, going in from the 5.
MTCS dropped to 0-7 with the loss.