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.
Schools & Sports
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.
Forney vs North Forney Water Polo September 26th
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.
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.
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.
FALL IS IN THE AIR
It was a big night for the Falcons as they were looking to get to that 4-win spot for the first time since moving to 6A. The offense didn’t disappoint, scoring 46 points. Tamarion Crochett had another great game, going 10 for 16 for 201 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Falcons’ rushing attack added its contribution of 23 rushes for 167 yards.
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.
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
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
Sophomore Dukes Nominated by Baseball, Tyler Chapman Nominated by Football, Landry Hopkins Sophomore Duchesses Nominates by Cheer, Berkeley Franklin Nominated by Theatre, Aria Price
2023 Forney High School Homecoming Royalty
Photos Courtesy of Cady Studios
PARADISE ACROSS THE RED RIVER
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.