Sparked by an outstanding performance from their senior quarterback Jaylin Smith, the North Forney Falcon varsity football team easily won their homecoming game by a count of 49-21.
With the victory, North Forney improves to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in District 8-5A Division II play, while Greenville falls to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in District action.
Smith was definitely the star of this game as he accounted for five touchdowns (3 rushing and 2 passing) in it. Individually, in this game, he rushed 16 times for 87 yards and 3 TD’s. He also connected on 5 of 11 passes for 168 yards and 2 TD’s.
Both teams scored touchdowns in the opening minutes of this game. First, Greenville drove 48 yards in 8 plays to take the early lead at 7-0. The TD came on a 3- yard touchdown run by Kye Walker-Heard. Key plays on this drive for Greenville were 20-yard and 16-yard pass connections from Caleb Jarvis to Miles Denson.
But, North Forney responded back with a 9 play 70-yard TD drive of their own. The TD was registered by Jaylin Smith on a 2-yard run. After the TD, North Forney went for a two-point conversion, but their attempt was unsuccessful which left the score at 7-6 in favor of Greenville at the 5:53 of the first quarter. Also, Jacob Soto, North Forney’s junior running back, played an important role on this drive as he accounted for several yards with just good, hard running.
It was at this point in the game where North Forney’s defense settled in and started to make their presence known. They forced Greenville to punt the ball on five straight possessions. It should be noted that the last of these punt attempts by Greenville was blocked by North Forney senior Roby Robinson.
Meanwhile, North Forney grabbed the lead after a 6 play 61-yard touchdown drive. The TD came on a 10-yard run by Jaylin Smith. Also, once again, Jacob Soto was right in the middle of the action with several important running efforts. After the TD, North Forney went for the two-point conversion again and this time they got it when Jaylin Smith passed to Anthony MaQuar to make the score 14-7 in favor of North Forney at the 3:33 mark of the first quarter.
Then, North Forney’s offense started to show off their big play ability.
Late in the 2nd quarter after a Greenville punt, North Forney’s Jaylin Smith tossed a little hitch route pass out to Cory Johnson. Once Johnson caught the football, he turned back inside and saw an open lane. He then turned on the speed and out ran everyone to the endzone to complete a 71-yard TD play. The PAT was good by Carlos Rodriguez to make the score 21-7 for North Forney at the 4:25 mark. This was the first of several one play drives in this game for North Forney,
The North Forney’s special teams’ unit then announced their arrival in the game with that aforementioned blocked punt by Roby Robinson. The Falcons recovered the blocked punt at Greenville’s 9-yard line. One play later, Aalarieake Branch scored on a 9-yard run to push North Forney’s lead to 27-7 at the 1:31 mark of the 2nd quarter.
However, Greenville would fight back in the form of a 69-yard TD pass from Caleb Jarvis to Nick Mapps on their next drive. This was also a 1 play drive for Greenville.
But, North Forney had an immediate answer. On the first play of their next drive, Smith threw a screen pass out to Jacob Soto. Once Soto caught the ball, he saw nothing but green grass and a wall of blockers in front of him as he raced for a 75-yard TD. After this TD, North Forney went for the two-point conversion yet again and they were successful when Jaylin Smith ran the ball in to increase North Forney’s lead to 35-14 at the 47 second mark of the 2nd quarter.
At halftime, North Forney led 35-14.
In the 2nd half, North Forney would score touchdowns on drives that covered 63 and 9 yards respectively. These TD’s pushed North Forney’s lead to 49-14. The TD’s came on a 3-yard run by Jaylin Smith and a 9-yard run Ty’Rondric Collins in that order. It should be noted that Collins’ TD was set up by an interception return from the Falcons’ Jacob Donaldson. Also, Collins’ TD was another 1 play drive for North Forney.
Greenville would score one final time in this game on a 2-yard TD Run by Lester Turner.
The final score of this game was 49-21 in favor of North Forney.
Congratulations to former North Forney Falcon quarterback Stephen Buckley for being inducted into the North Forney Falcon Football Hall of Fame.
Stephen played his college football at Northwestern University. In high school, Buckley led the Falcons to two straight playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, he guided the Falcons to a 10-2 District Championship Winning Season as a 3A School. This was North Forney’s first winning season for football in school history.
First Downs 22 17
Rushing 54-286 37-153
Passing 168 192
Total Yards 454 345
Punts 3-39 7-30
Penalties 9-75 10-90
Turnovers 0 1
Rushing: NF: Jaylin Smith 16 carries for 87 yards and 3 TD’s, Jacob Soto 14 carries for 85 yards, Aaiarieake Branch 9 carries for 41 yards and 1 TD, and Ty Rondric Collins 11 carries for 58 yards and 1 TD. Greenville: Kye Walker-Heard 9-carries for 75 yards and 1 TD, and Lester Turner 16 carries for 44 yards and 1 TD.
Passing: NF: Jaylin Smith 5 of 11 for 168 yards and 2 TD. Greenville: Caleb Jarvis 11 of 26 for 168 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception and Josh Luna 2 of 3 for 24 yards.
Receiving: NF: Cory Johnson 1 reception for 71 yards and 1 TD and Jacob Soto 1 reception for 75 yards and 1 TD. Greenville: Nick Mapps 4 receptions for 85 yards and 1 TD and Miles Denson 6 receptions for 72 yards.
Current District 8-5A Division II Standings (As of October 5, 2018)
Sulphur Springs 3-0
Royse City 1-2
North Forney 1-3
Forney High School 1-3
Friday’s Results (10/5/2018)
North Forney 49 Greenville 21
Sulphur Springs 56 Forney High School 47
Corsicana 28 Terrell 0
Ennis 26 Royse City 7
Note: Kaufman High School had the Bye on Friday, October 5th.
Michael L. Morrill