FORNEY, Texas — The Falcons picked up right where they left off from week one on both sides of the ball. North Forney scored 36 first half points in route to a 36-7 halftime lead over Wylie East. By the end of the night the Falcons would make this game a complete blowout to the tune of 56-7.
North Forney totaled 709 yards offensively (206 passing, 503 Rushing) while only allowing 218 yards from the Raiders.
Just like last week things got started for North Forney with a touchdown pass on the first drive of the game. Jacob Acuna connected with De'juan Johnson for a 31-yard touchdown pass to give the Falcons a 7-0 advantage. Following a Falcon fumble recovery by Jacob Donaldson on a muffed punt return by Wylie East, Acuna would scramble for a 24-yard touchdown run highlighted by tight roping the sideline inside the 10-yard line.
Wylie would get there only score of the night after a long pass completion from Cade Adamson to Xavier Smith setup the Raiders with a first and goal inside the 2-yard line. Christian Johnson would then run in the Wylie East touchdown shortly after.
Then it was all North Forney.
Acuna would throw another touchdown pass to Johnson. This time good for 18 yards. The Falcons would lead 22-7. The next offensive possession is where things would go a bit awry for the Goons. Jacob Acuna, while trying to avoid a sack, would go down awkwardly with a big defensive lineman falling directly on top of him. The Falcons would use a timeout assessing the extent of Acuna's injury, but he would never return to the game.
The future for North Forney's offense is still TBD, but on this night the Falcons offense would keep rolling. Zach Tucker came on in relief of the injured Acuna and would go on to complete 5 of 11 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on the night to go along with one interception.
Following the Acuna departure, North Forney would score two more first half touchdowns on the legs of Jacob Soto. Soto would run in touchdowns of 5 and 3 yards, with the latter coming just seconds before halftime.
Enjoying a comfortable 36-7 halftime lead the Falcons offense would sputter out of the gate in the second half with a fumble from Nick Boone and an interception thrown from Tucker off a batted ball in the Raiders end zone. The defense would follow up those turnovers with stops of their own.
After rushes of 44 and 19 yards from Soto, Tucker would then find Kam Allen in the left corner of the end zone on a perfectly executed fade route that saw Allen able to get the one foot in bounds needed to complete the score.
Akanimo "Nemo" Asuquo would get a sack and draw a holding penalty on the ensuing defensive stance, single handedly ending the Raider drive.
A few moments later, with North Forney starting a drive from their own 4-yard line, LaMarcus Kirk would take the snap from the "Wildcat" formation. Kirk would then break off a 96-yard touchdown run that would involve a vicious stiff arm of a Wylie East defender, before outrunning everyone else to the end zone. With that being the last play of the 3rd quarter, North Forney would take a 49-7 lead into the final quarter of play.
The final North Forney score would come after a strip and fumble recovery by Tre Barksdale. Following the turnover Soto would punch in the final touchdown from 14 yards out with 10:30 remaining in the 4th. The final score would end there with the Falcons on top 56-7.
Other Game Notes
The Falcons had three different rushers go for over 100 yards on the night (LaMarcus Kirk - 3 carries, 157 yards and 1 touchdown; Ty Collins - 12 carries, 107 yards; Jacob Soto - 17 carries, 175 yards and 3 touchdowns). Tristen Johnson would also get in on the rushing action with 6 carries for 29 yards.
Kicker Carlos Rodriguez would go 6 for 6 on extra points not including a failed extra point attempt due to a bad snap/hold.
Acuna's availability for next week's game against Forney is unknown at this time.
North Forney (2-0) will start district play next week at home against the Forney Jackrabbits. Kickoff is at 7:30pm. The game can be listened to online on YouTube through SHN sports. You can find the link to each game on the North Forney Quarterback Club Facebook page.