FORNEY, Texas — Blink and you might miss a North Forney touchdown. The Falcons want to play at an ultra-fast speed on offense this season. They did just that last night in their thrashing of the Frisco Heritage Coyotes, 45-24, to open up the 2019 season.
The offense started quickly after the defense forced the Coyotes off the field on the first possession of the game. Falcons’ quarterback Jacob Acuna found Collyn Shipley in the right corner of the endzone for a 30-yard touchdown pass for North Forney’s first touchdown of 2019.
The Acuna-Shipley pairing would strike again for another touchdown before the first quarter was over on a 16-yard touchdown throw, in which Shipley had to make an acrobatic catch scooping up the ball just before it hit the ground.
In between the two Acuna to Shipley touchdowns, North Forney’s defense would flex it’s muscle with Heritage threatening. The Coyotes had the ball inside the North Forney 1-yard line with a first and goal. The Falcons defense would push Heritage back to the 5-yard line, and on third down Jewelz Unique-Demps would come up with a huge interception that would thwart the Coyote threat and lead to the second Shipley touchdown drive.
Following a 29-yard field goal from Falcon’s kicker Carlos Rodriguez and a Heritage 8-yard touchdown pass from Josh Swetnam to Cameron Rose, the Falcons would hold a 17-6 lead. With just under 30 seconds left before halftime and North Forney with the ball at the Coyote 36-yard line, Jacob Acuna would find Christian Archeeta for a 36-yard touchdown pass on a perfectly executed double move down the left sideline.
Going into halftime the Falcons would have a commanding 24-6 lead.
Coming out of halftime, the Falcons wasted no time driving down the field and getting inside the Heritage 20-yard line before Falcons running back Jacob Soto would be stripped of the ball after a long, hard-nosed run. North Forney’s defense would hold strong and allow Soto to redeem himself on the following possession by powering home a 3-yard touchdown run.
A fumble recovery by Roderick Brown led to a 20-yard touchdown strike from Acuna to Nick Boone that pushed the North Forney lead to 38-14. The Falcons would add a 50-yard touchdown run produced by Akanimo “Nemo” Asuquo which would end up being their last score of the evening. Heritage would add a late touchdown and field goal once the game was out of hand. The final score was North Forney 45, Frisco Heritage 24.
It couldn’t have gone much better for the Falcons in their 2019 season opener. A stark contrast from last year’s 0-16 shutout loss to Colleyville Heritage. The Falcons showed on both sides of the ball why there is so much excitement around this year’s squad.
Next week the Falcons (1-0) will travel to Wylie to take on the Wylie East Raiders. Kickoff is at 7:30.