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Jackrabbits Fall to Lobos 13 - 7 in Close Game

People from all over Texas tuned in to watch the two powerhouse teams face off in what was dubbed “the top 10 showdown in the state” with the Longview Lobos ranked second in 5A Division I and the Forney Jackrabbits at tenth (according to the biggest Texas high school football publication, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football). With numerous Division I and nationally ranked prospects on both sides of the ball, both teams have star power on their rosters. Senior Taylor Tatum, a fourstar running back ranked first in the nation who had 39 official Division I offers prior to committing to the Oklahoma Sooners for football and baseball, is one of the starters for Longview. The Jackrabbits have a lot of talented players as well, including top-100 player and four-star running back Javian Osborne, four-star junior linebacker Kelvion Riggins, and fourstar senior defensive back and Oregon commit Aaron Flowers. Without taking into account the numerous other Division I prospects on both teams, those four players have received over 100 Division I offers combined, so Friday’s game was one not to be missed. The game was predicted to be much closer than the previous meeting, which saw Longview triumph 46-7. Prior to this game, Longview averaged 151.4 points while having a 4-1 record, while Forney averaged 256.4 while having an undefeated record. Although both teams gave it their all, the Lobos ultimately prevailed by a score of 13-7. But as the Jackrabbits and Lobos battled for the victory, spectators on both sides were on the edge of their seats for all four quarters.

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One of Luke’s favorite camp dishes is wild pork or venison roast with carrots, onion and potatoes.

OUTDOORS

CAMP COOKIN’

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Falcons Continue Their Flight to 6 - 0 Over the Bulldogs 33 to 26

It was a playoff atmosphere last Friday night with the student body dressing to impress, the band in full uniform, and playoff implications on the line. Could the Falcons answer the call against one of 6A’s prime rushing attacks? The Falcons struck early again last week, scoring 14 points before the Bulldogs could blink. Crochette was 8 of 16 for 215 yards, 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. The leading receivers were, of course, the dynamic duo of Robinson and McCoy. Robinson had 2 catches for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns. On Robinson’s 2nd catch, he made a circus style catch over his defender. McCoy had 3 catches, 72 yards, and 1 touchdown. The passing game was explosive, but it was the ground game that helped eat the clock and give the defensive a muchneeded rest in between possessions. Sanders had the hot hand early behind the OL, who pushed the dogs around most of the night. Sanders had 72 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries before leaving the game with an ankle injury. Next up was Andi Asuquo who ran for a very tough 58 yards on 21 carries. Andi had some key first downs to keep the drives alive. Standout Aamii Branch also had 3 touches for 92 yards, 2 of those being big kickoff returns.

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Hunter Education 101 Courses Offer Hands-on Hunting Opportunities for Beginners This Fall

Fall hunting kicked off this month with the start of dove season, but it’s never too late to learn the skill and value hunting brings to Texas wildlife through upcoming hunter education classes. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) Hunter Education Program offers in-person learning events through the end of February, which combine a classroom course with beginner hunting opportunities in the field with experts.

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Events designed to celebrate the outdoor life style are always well received. Here a chuck wagon cook is serving some tasty food prepared right over the campfire embers at an event in Greenville earlier this year.

OUTDOORS

OUTDOOR EVENTS

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Rabbits Crash Panther Homecoming 42 to 21

Two weeks ago, Forney High homecoming court nominees were escorted by their loved ones across the City Bank Stadium football field dressed in elaborate gowns and suits, representing their classmates and community. Last week, it was Lufkin’s turn to have their nominees walk across the Abe Martin Stadium field waiting for their king and queen to be revealed. After the crowning ceremony, Lufkin community members waved their “Ls” in the air with pride and excitement as their band played the Lufkin school song before the game. This was quite the fitting choice, as the Lufkin Panthers ended up putting the “L” in Loss after being bested by the Forney Jackrabbits on their own turf during their big homecoming game by 21 points. While the Panthers definitely put up a fight, they ended up being no match for the Jackrabbits.

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Defense is the Order of the Day, Falcons Win 20 to 16 Over Horn

The magic of a playofflike atmosphere filled the air as the Falcons took on Mesquite Horn for their first district appointment of the 2023 season. The Falcon offense struck gold on the first play from scrimmage to McCoy, who would go 80 yards for the first score of the night. The offense would score two more times, once on the ground by Andikan Asuquo and once by a sweep pass from Sanders to Isiah Mayfield.

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The fruit of the persimmon tree is highly sought by wildlife. Many of the persimmon trees Luke has scouted have a bumper crop of beans this year.

OUTDOORS

FALL IS IN THE AIR

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Forney Jackrabbits Win Homecoming Game 69 to 0 Over West Mesquite Wranglers

A packed stadium. A joyous crowning ceremony. An electric atmosphere. The only other thing needed to make Friday’s Homecoming game the perfect night was a blowout win, and the Forney Jackrabbits understood their assignment. With a 69-0 win against the West Mesquite Wranglers in their first district game of the season, the Jackrabbits have continued to exceed all expectations. The game began on an exceptionally high note when Sophomore Wide Receiver Imari Jehiel took West Mesquite’s opening kick from the 30-yard line to the endzone for a touchdown with only 12 seconds off the clock. Following the tone Jehiel set for the game, Senior Defensive Lineman Tristan “Tank” Bennett stole the ball from Wrangler Junior Quarterback Demetris Ballard and made a dash to the endzone putting Forney at 13-0 (after Senior Kicker Asher Wall’s kick) with 10:37 left in the first quarter. Throughout the game, the Wranglers struggled to get positive yardage and get past the Jackrabbit defense, while the Jackrabbit offense made it look easy. Senior Wide Receiver Kofi Eduful caught Senior Kyle Crawford’s 35-yard pass and coasted into the endzone from the 15-yard line for a 21-0 scoreboard read. Joining in on the fun, Sophomore Running Back Javian Osborne made a run for it from the 45-yard line and Sophomore Kicker Vincent Hart got Forney the extra point to put the Jackrabbits at 28-0 with 2:25 left in the first quarter. Senior Defensive Lineman Trenton Dawson also made a big play when he sacked Ballard at the 10-yard line and killed one of their only opportunities to get points.

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2023 Homecoming King and Queen Matthew Diosdado and Sam Wojtowicz

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King Court Nominated by NHS, Evan Denzer Nominated by Jackrabbit Ambassadors, Matthew Diosdado Nominated by Boys Soccer, Kofi Eduful Nominated by Football, Easton McMillan Nominated by Band, Lucas Sanders Queen Court Nominated by UIL Academics, Casey Apurado Nominated by Jackrabbit Ambassadors, Ryann Cyriaque Nominated by Girls Soccer, London Littlejohn Nominated by Cheer, Makayla Peek Nominated by Volleyball, Sam Wojtowicz

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Junior Princes Nominated by Cross Country, Julian Rodriguez Nominated by Band, Jacob Wade Junior Princesses Nominated by Cheer, McKinley Adams Nominated by Band, Avery Hayman

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Sophomore Dukes Nominated by Baseball, Tyler Chapman Nominated by Football, Landry Hopkins Sophomore Duchesses Nominates by Cheer, Berkeley Franklin Nominated by Theatre, Aria Price

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Freshmen Knights Nominated by Football, Joe Jobe Nominated by Band, Drew Johnson Freshmen Dames Nominated by Golf, Kaleigh Johnson Nominated by Band, Bella Sanders

2023 Forney High School Homecoming Royalty

2023 Forney High School Homecoming Royalty

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King and Queen Eddy Mateo and Hailey Hughes

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King and Queen Finalist Kayden Loudermilk and Brooke Grubbs

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King & Queen Finalists Eddy Mateo and Liyan Abu-Saqer

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King and Queen Finalists Nicolas Gonzalez and Ellen Van Caenegem

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King and Queen Finalists Rhyan Smith and Hailey Hughes

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Junior - Prince and Princess Kylee Tubb and Koali’i Tauiliili

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Sophomore - Duke and Duchess D’Corbin White and April Martinez

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Freshman - Lord and Lady Makayla Wisaetchok and Wyatt Kenney (not pictured)

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2023 North Forney High School Homecoming Court

2023 North Forney High School Homecoming Royalty

Photos Courtesy of Cady Studios

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Luke has been a hog hunter since way before hog hunting became popular. Last week, Luke traveled across the Red River to Choctaw Hunting Lodge and photographed this mule foot Choctaw Hog. The Choctaw people brought their Choctaw Hog into Oklahoma from the deep south in the 1830s.

OUTDOORS

PARADISE ACROSS THE RED RIVER

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Jackrabbits Send Pirates Sailing 53 to 0

The chances of lightning striking the same place twice are low, but the chances of the Poteet Pirates ending Friday’s game with a win against the Forney Jackrabbits were even lower. Statistics appeared to hold as a thunderstorm gradually made its way through the North Texas region over the weekend and led to the cancellation of the game only after the scoreboard read 53-0 before the fourth quarter in favor of the Jackrabbits. Playing on their home turf in the largest high school football stadium in the state, the Pirates had a chance to bring their community pride by beating an up-andcoming team with multiple nationally ranked players. However, the Jackrabbits were intent on continuing their winning streak and showing everyone that they were not the same school they were four years ago.

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Forney Messenger

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