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Forney Overpowers Tyler 53 to 29, Headed to Playoffs
Forney Overpowers Tyler 53 to 29, Headed to Playoffs
Forney Overpowers Tyler 53 to 29, Headed to Playoffs
Forney Overpowers Tyler 53 to 29, Headed to Playoffs
Forney Overpowers Tyler 53 to 29, Headed to Playoffs
Forney Overpowers Tyler 53 to 29, Headed to Playoffs

Forney Overpowers Tyler 53 to 29, Headed to Playoffs

Forney had already secured their spot in the playoffs and clinched a firstround home game after their 40-7 victory against McKinney North on October 28th. Regardless of the outcome of last Friday’s game, the Jackrabbits would end their regular season on an extremely high note, finishing second in the district with an almost perfect record. However, the Jackrabbits still came together and put up a strong front with a 53-29 win against the Tyler Lions, making them 6-1 in district play. Not only was it the Lions’ “Senior Night” and last game of their regular season, but a win could have potentially put them in the running for a playoff spot depending on the outcome of Lancaster’s game against Lufkin. Unfortunately, it seems like choosing to schedule the #21 school in Texas for that specific night, the same school that bested them by 44 points for a 57-13 score last year, wasn’t the brightest decision– or maybe it was, considering their seniors were celebrated during their final hurrah. Among these seniors is Derrick McCall, a four-star running back committed to UCLA who can also suit up at quarterback. But even a star like that can only shine so bright when the Jackrabbits come out to play.

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Luke with a wild boar he took with his Seneca 50 caliber Dragon Claw air rifle in Oklahoma a couple weeks ago. Photo by Larry Weishuhn

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Falcons Blow Out Legacy 54 to 10

Falcons Blow Out Legacy 54 to 10

The Falcons and Red Raiders headed into last Friday night both with 3 and 1 records in the district, each looking for the 2nd spot and a potential home playoff spot. The offense and defense had great nights once again this week. The defense held the Raiders to 3 points and only 177 total yards. The defense forced several fumbles and potential interceptions but only ended up with one recovery.

Forney Beats McKinney North 40 to 7

Forney Beats McKinney North 40 to 7

As this year’s chapter begins to come to a close, a new one has opened: the chapter of unpredictable (and typically, unfavorable) Texas weather. Forney’s game against McKinney North was expected to be one for the books for multiple reasons. Our senior Jackrabbits involved with Friday Night Lights – which includes football players, cheerleaders,Highsteppers, band members, and more – were going to be honored for their contributions over the past four years as they were walked down the field by their loved ones, followed by the Jackrabbits taking on a team that beat out and fell to many of the same schools as them for a predicted one-score game. However, the weather had other plans, and after multiple lightning delay resets, the game was rescheduled for last Saturday with a noon kickoff and canceled Senior Night festivities. Despite having to readjust and still play in unsavory conditions, as the temperature at kickoff was predicted to be 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the Jackrabbits knew that they were going to have to give it their all if they wanted to play on their own turf for their first-round playoff game and continue to solidify their program as a Dallas powerhouse. Head Coach Jeff Fleener reminded his players that playoff games and collegiate games are played on Saturdays and the Jackrabbits should aim to prove that they can do that as well. And prove they did, with a 40-7 (so, definitely not one-score) victory against the McKinney Bulldogs for their third consecutive win and their eighth overall win this season. Although the Bulldogs were the only ones to put up points within the first quarter, the Jackrabbit defense put a swift end to that, and the Forney players were the only ones scoring touchdowns for the rest of the game.

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Luke (left) and his friend Larry Weishuhn show off a couple of fine bucks they took earlier this week at the Choctaw Hunting Lodge in southeast Oklahoma.

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CHOCTAW HUNTING LODGE - DEER HUNTING STEEPED IN HISTORY

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Falcons Drop Their First District Game to Rockwall

It was the game of the week with playoff implications. Rockwall came in with the #1 ranked offense in the district and with good reason. The Yellow Jackets racked up 527 yards total offense to the Falcons’ 472, but it would be the 7 turnovers which would be the Falcons downfall. Jeremy Mathews would have the only fumble recovery for the Falcons, caused by Falcon standout Caleb Holt. Special teams play for the Falcons would give up 12 points and 2 onside kicks. It would be the Falcons’ offense that would be the only positive of the night. Crochett would throw 15 of 22 for 230 yards, 1 TD and 1 interception. The rushing attack also had a decent night, rushing for 247 yards, but the 4 fumbles would be more than the Falcons could overcome. Offensive leaders would be Koko Robinson with 3 catches for 123 yards, 1 touchdown, and 2 returns for 51 yards. Also adding to the passing attack would be Sanders pulling in 4 catches for 49 yards and McCoy 6 for 28. Rushing leaders were Asuquo with 10 carries for 82 yards, Sanders with 14 for 79 and 1 touchdown, Branch with 5 for 76 and 1 touchdown, and Burns with 4 for 11 and 1 touchdown. Head Coach Luster said he was disappointed in the Falcons’ overall play. He said, “This was a good test to see where we are and what we have to do to

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Forney Gets Revenge on Lancaster 21 to 20

There are two words that can summarize last week’s matchup: Freaky Friday. Last year, Lancaster gave Forney a masterclass with a 56-6 win. This year, the Jackrabbits got their revenge with a 21-20 victory. Although the win margin is significantly smaller, the implications of it are anything but. Forney started off the season coming off of a 7-4 record and being ranked 168th in the state, while Lancaster went into the season being ranked 37th in the state with a 9-3 record. However, following the theme of the beloved Mary Rodger’s novel (and its three adaptations), both schools did a complete 180 – Forney is now 6-1 and a top 40 team, while Lancaster just lost their fifth game of the season to be ranked 87th in the state. “Forney isn’t the team it used to be” is a sentiment that has been shared every week in this newspaper, but this game might have cemented it as a fact. The incredible “Darkside Defense” that boasts both team and individual statistics that are almost, if not, double the national average in every category (including sacks, passes defended, and total tackles) get a lot of the credit, but the star-powered offense, which includes sophomore running back and Division I prospect Javian Osborne who leads the team in total points with 72 and senior Kofi Eduful (another Division I prospect) who is second in the district for receiving yards with 298 and leads the team in receiving touchdowns, have made their mark as well.

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The Ocellated turkey is one of many rare and beautiful wildlife species encountered in Belize. Photo by Jeff Rice

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DALE COASTAL RAINFOREST RANCH An Outdoor Wonderland In Belize

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Mailing Address: P.O. Box 936, Forney, TX 75126
Physical Address: 201 W. Broad St., Forney, TX 75126
Phone: 972-564-3121
Fax: 972-552-3599