Lowery wants FH to toughen up mentally

Aug. 30, 2013 @ 11:56 AM
In last week's season opener, Forest Hills High ran out of steam when it counted the most.
The Yellow Jackets led 20-13 after three quarters, but gave up 20 unanswered points in the fourth in a 33-20 road loss to Anson County.
Jackets senior quarterback Jared Lee rushed for two touchdowns and threw for another, but Forest Hills amassed just 246 yards of total offense.
Meanwhile, Anson rolled up 290 yards on the ground
"We played a half of football last week and we have to play a whole game," said Jackets coach John Lowery. "Bad things happen over the course of a game and we can't let that devastate us. We threw an interception and it was like somebody turned off the motor or something. We just have to keep playing."
The Jackets play their home opener tonight against Weddington, which is coming off an impresive 24-7 home win over Ardrey Kell.
AK's only touchdown came on an interception return in the first quarter.
"They've got a real solid football team, so we've got to be ready to play," said Lowery of the Warriors. "They've got a good defense."
Warriors senior quarterback Jeff Welch shook off an early interception to throw for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
"They're going to throw the ball a bunch with an experienced quarterback," said Lowery. "Offensively we're going to have to be able to control the ball a little bit. We need to put together some long drives to keep us in the ball game."
All three of Welch's TD passes covered at least 22 yards. Senior receiver Ryan Black scored on catches of 67 and 22 yards while senior receiver Evan Altizer hauled in a 60-yard touchdown catch.
The Warriors like to hand the ball off to senior tailback Omar Boyd, who rushed 24 times for 102 yards against AK.
"They ran the ball well, too, but their scores were all on big plays," said Lowery. "We can't give up big-yardage plays like that, especially with the way their defense is playing."