Saturday, August 25, 2012

Jaguars rebound, snap seven game losing skid to Clover

Last week, nothing went right for Forestview in their season opening 38-0 drubbing at the hands of Nation Ford. Things looked like they would go that way again for Forestview. On the second play of their first drive Forestview quarterback Logan Bradley was picked off by Jevaughn Starr and he returned it 20 yards for the touchdown.

It would not take Forestview long to rebound. The Jaguars would answer the call on their next drive with a Bishop Ford seven yard run. Clover started to hurt themselves with mistakes. The Blue Eagles mishandled a punt and gave Forestview great field position at the 12-yard line.

The Jaguars would make them pay when Logan Bradley hit freshman runningback/receiver Moe Neal with a ten-yard strike in the end-zone. Colton Rouse’s extra point made it 14-7 Forestview. The Jaguars were far from done. On their next drive Calvin Johnson hit Mykelti Armstrong with a half-back pass that turned into a 72-yard touchdown reception.

The Eagles showed an air attack of their own late in the first quarter when quarterback Scott Jackson hit Shawn Anderson for a 73-yard touchdown reception. Evan Edmunds’s extra point would make it 21-14. That would be all the scoring in the first quarter and that would be as close as Clover got.

In the second quarter, Forestview picked up where they left off offensively. Ford put another touchdown on the board for Forestview from the five-yard line. Calvin Johnson, who threw the half-back touchdown pass earlier, found himself on the other end of a 30-yard touchdown strike. Colton Rouse got in on the fun with a 33-yard field-goal to make the half-time score 38-14.

It was like a tale of two halves from that point on as Forestview’s offense sputtered in the second half. However, the Jaguar defense would keep Clover out of the end-zone. The Eagles got close to scoring a couple of times. The Eagles were stopped on fourth down at the Forestview 5-yard line and kicker, Edmunds, missed a 32-yard field-goal. The Eagles did manage a safety when a Forestview punt sailed out of the end-zone to make 38-16. That would be the final.

“We just got to get some continuity on offense.” Clover head coach John Devine said “We had some opportunities that we squandered.”

Devine also stressed mental toughness.

“Glad to get a win.” Forestview head coach Chris Medlin said “We need to do better in the second half. We need to play all four quarters.” Medlin was pleased his teams improvement, but hopes to see them improves as much next week as they did this week.

Forestview (1-1) travels to take on Lexington. Clover (0-2) is back home against Spring Valley.

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