Posted: September 03, 2016
Coming into this game, Forestview knew they had a big task of having to slow down Kings Mountain’s potent offense which has scored 110 points the past two weeks. The Jaguars did just that. Forestview pitched a shutout in a 28-0 win over visiting Kings Mountain.
The game started out as a defensive battle as both teams were unable to punch it in early. Kings Mountain drove down deep into Forestview territory on their first drive, but stalled near the Forestview 15. The Jaguars had a hard time moving the ball early. Everything they tried to do offensively, the Mountaineers shut it down.
But the Jaguars would soon go to their heavy package which included using NG Nate Whitaker as a fullback. That started to pay off. Whitaker got Forestview on the board with a five-yard touchdown run. Dylan Disarro’s extra point made it 7-0. That would be the score at half-time.
Kings Mountain received the second half kickoff but was not able to do anything with it. The Jaguars would find the end zone again later in the third quarter. Jayveon Love finally broke through and scored on a 15-yard rushing touchdown. Love would score again early in the fourth quarter with a 26-yard touchdown run. Forestview put it away with just over five minutes to go with a two-yard touchdown run. Kicker Dylan Disarro was 4-for-4 on extra points.
Kings Mountain was their own undoing many times in the game with penalties and turnovers. The Mountaineers lost five fumbles in the game. Two of them were on special teams. Three of them on offense. Forestview only lost one. Aveon Reid recovered two fumbles for Forestview. Anthony Nance, Chase Payne and Jacob Ash each recovered one for Forestview.
"We were fortunate. We got some breaks early on. Then we got momentum and it kind of carried us and (Kings Mountain) is a good team so I’m proud of our guys." Forestview coach Chris Medlin said "We hung around early to gain confidence and I thought as we gained confidence, we started to play really well. I hope this propels us going forward because we accomplished something because of who we beat. They are such a good team. Our defense was outstanding."
Medlin said of his team’s next opponent, East Lincoln "They are a great football team. They’ve made deep playoff runs and won state championships. It’s going to be another big challenge."
"I just think we played smashmouth football tonight. We came out very physical." said FB/NG Nate Whitaker "We made a statement tonight. They’re a great team and so are we. We came together as a team. We had a great week of practice and tonight we came out hyped."
The Jaguars travel to play East Lincoln next week. Kings Mountain opens up conference play at East Rutherford.