Saturday, November 28, 2020—**Did you notice that a female “kicker” became part of the Vanderbilt Football Squad, at least for one game?** Interesting scores posted this day: Trophy Club Byron Nelson 10-7-3-7—27 over Keller 7-0- 10-7—24; McKinney Boyd 7-7-0-0—14 over McKinney 0-7-0-0—7; Waco Midway 3-7-0-14—24 over Mansfield Lake Ridge 6-7-0-7—20; Waxahachie 0-9-7-3—19 over Waco 0-15-0-0—15; Celina 7-20-8-7—42 over Iowa Park 10-7-0-7—24; Gilmer 7-15-7-2—31 over Sunnyvale 0-7-7-0—14; Allen 7-0-7-21—35 over Prosper 7-3-7-14—31; Flower Mound Marcus 21-14-7-16—58 over Lewisville 7-21-10-0—38.
Schools & Sports
The Pirates had one more game to compete in before this wild and unprecedented season came to an end. Crandall was lucky enough to be able and play eight out of their ten games on the schedule. Unfortunately, they missed out on the playoffs, losing to Ennis and Royse City in the pool they were in. The team still came out on Friday night with a will to win and send the Pirate seniors out on a high note.
With district standings and playoff positions already locked in, last Thursday’s game against the Royse City Bulldogs was billed as a playoff prep game against the third best team in District 8-5A (II). However, as has happened so many times this season, the Falcons combined their power run game with a dominant defensive performance to blow out the Bulldogs, 43-14.
Both of Forney ISD’s high school marching bands, the Forney High School Band and the Pride of Falcon Nation, represented the district in the UIL Region 3 Marching Contest recently. The competition was held at Mesquite Memorial Stadium on November 18. With near-perfect shows, the Falcons and the Jackrabbits each received first division ratings for their performances! Straight superior ratings from all judges also earned the Forney High School Band the ability to advance to the UIL Area C Championships on December 5th.
I remember the year (1980) so well; I was enjoying my 8th year of being an educator in F. I. S. D. and knew all the football-associated participants—and some of them very well, since quite a few had been “little kids” when I was a “big kid” in Forney, Texas. Many of the players on that football team had been playing together “forever,” and most were “pretty salty,” as my Dad liked to say about people who were “good” at doing something. And it seemed that year that just about all the folks who had active parts in leading on or cheering on the team were also “cream-of-thecrop” types!
Both Crandall and Sulphur Springs came into Friday night’s game knowing that they were eliminated from playoff contention. That didn’t stop both teams from preparing all week and putting up a crazy number of yards on offense. There wasn’t much defense in this game as it was an all-out assault in the air and on the ground.
The eyes of the Texas high school football world were upon City Bank Stadium last Thursday night as the state #1-ranked Ennis Lions (7-0) traveled to town to meet the area #7-ranked North Forney Falcons (7-1) in the District 8-5A (D2) championship game.
On Friday, November 20, the Forney Jackrabbits battled Corsicana for the second time this year. In a hard hitting, hard fought battle, the Jackrabbits had the ball at the close of the fourth quarter to attempt to tie the game, but ultimately came up short at the end. The Jackrabbits won the second half and were “special on special teams”, but just could not finish off the Tigers. The final score was 21 for the Corsicana Tigers to 14 for the Forney Jackrabbits.
Athletic arenas, stadiums and even youth sports centers have shuttered their doors to large crowds amid COVID-19, yielding a massive, growing revenue loss for a major American industry and contributing to thousands of layoffs nationwide. However, analysts say a new scientific breakthrough could soon put an end to the extended timeout.
Wednesday, November 11, was a big day for two of Forney High School’s senior softball players. Vanessa Hollingsworth and Savannah Hughes gathered with family and coaches at the Forney Community Softball Complex where they signed their National Letters of Intent to play softball in college.
School closures and hybrid learning models have forced educators, parents and students to adapt to new forms of learning; the impact of this is not to be underestimated. Teachers and parents around the country have expressed concerns about the accessibility and quality of education under these conditions.
NubAbility® Athletics Foundation announced the non-profit held a two-day camp on November 14th from 9:00 am to 5:00 p.m. and November 15th from 9:00 am to 1:30 p.m. at the Lanny Fraser Middle School in Mesquite, Texas. The event was open to children ages 4-17 with congenital or traumatic limb loss who wish to improve their basketball, football or tumble/cheer skills. NubAbility helps limb-different children across the country develop greater self-esteem by providing them with instruction in 22 mainstream, organized sports.
Dallas Arboretum Debuts 23-Foot-Tall German Christmas Pyramid and New Shops in Expanded Christmas Village
The holidays will be even more magical with the expansion of The Pauline and Austin Neuhoff Christmas Village at the Dallas Arboretum. Inspired by European Christmas Markets, or Christkindlmarket, The Christmas Village is comprised of charming shops and façades representing a quaint European hamlet. In total, 12 delightful shops and façades debuted in 2019 and more will be added this year.
Dear Aunt B,
Crandall came in Friday night with a chance to earn a playoff spot from their last opponent in district (zone) play. The Pirates were 1-1 in zone play and had a must win game against the Bulldogs. This game would be a battle as the Bulldogs had strong threats in both the run and air game.