The Forest Wildcats (3-1) came into Friday’s game against the Leesburg Yellow Jackets (0-4) hoping to build on their win over Mount Dora last week, and get their second straight win at home.

And after four quarters that each seemed to tell their own story, they did exactly that; defeating the Yellow Jackets in dominating fashion, 49-13.

The first quarter led the fans to believe they’d be witnessing a shootout, as all but two of the combined eight possessions ended with points on the board, but there’d be only three more scores the rest of the night.

Scoring opened with a run to the right from inside the 10-yard line from Forest’s Chase Oliver; just the first of the Wildcats stable of running back/wide receiver hybrids to make their mark on the scoreboard Friday night.

Before the season started, Forest head coach Ray Greene talked about how comfortable he was with his backfield, and his desire to use a committee approach.

That strategy certainly paid off as four backs — Oliver, Elijah Williams, Lamarkces Bassett and Tyrone Oneil — all scored for the Wildcats, with three of them adding two-point conversions on their own touchdowns. Oh, and Robert Wesley seemed free to run over the Yellow Jacket defense throughout the night as well.

The Yellow Jackets answered Oliver’s touchdown with a drive of their own, ending with a 10-yard run up the middle by Isaiah Byrd, converting on a risky 4th and 1.

The resulting score of 8-7, Forest, was the closest the Yellow Jackets made it throughout the night, and a few touchdowns back and forth brought the first quarter to a close, with the Wildcats up 28-13.

The second quarter told a very different story. Although the first quarter had been a show of firepower for each team, neither could get anything going the rest of the half.

Leesburg had a few opportunities to score, including a second and goal at the Forest one-yard line, but a series of delay of game penalties — which became a theme for the Yellow Jackets on the night — and a few negative plays, forced Leesburg to go for a field goal which went wide left.

Only one more offensive touchdown was scored the rest of the night as the defenses took over during the second half.

As much as the offense showed itself in the first quarter, the star of the game was the Wildcats defense, starting with three pick-sixes on the night. Beau Sands had one in each half, while Jordan Jackson finished up the scoring with a 30-yard interception return in the fourth quarter.

“I thought [the defense] grew up a little bit tonight,” said Greene. “They really took control of the football game which we challenged them to do at halftime when we only had a two score lead. We needed them to step up and they did.”

In total, the Wildcats forced three turnover on downs, four punts, three pick-sixes, a fumble recovery, and several other forced fumbles that the offense was able to recover. They didn’t allow the Yellow Jackets to score even once after the end of the first quarter.

“I thought we had a great week of practice — probably our first complete week of practice — and I saw it translate tonight in a lot of ways,” said Greene.

“We needed this type of win. It does a lot for your confidence when you can really put a team away soundly.”

Forest will be back at home next week when a tough Jones team comes to visit.