Monday, Nov. 9, 2020— High School Football Players of the Week, DMN reporting—Honorable Mention Offense: Royse City, Ketron Jackson, Sr. wide receiver; Wilmer- Hutchins, Andre Henderson, Sr. quarterback; Highland Park, Brayden Schager, Sr. quarterback; Rockwall, Jax Johnson, Sr. wide receiver; Dallas Christian, Shon Coleman, Sr. running back.
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The Pirates entered Friday night (1-0) in district play after an exciting four overtime victory against Forney last week. They would be going up against the number one state ranked Ennis Lions Friday night. This matchup would test Crandall above and beyond the opponents they have faced before.
What a difference a year makes. Last season, in the midst of a two-game losing streak, the North Forney Falcons went to Greenville to take on a Lions team they had beaten handily the previous season. After a great week of practice, the Falcons were poised to right the ship against the Lions, and sail into the 2019 football playoffs.
The varsity Forney Jackrabbits had two formidable opponents last Friday night when they walked out onto the field under the Friday night lights in Royse City: the remnants of an exhausting game the previous week against Crandall that saw an unprecedented four overtimes, and the Royce City Bulldogs that they were facing that night.
MONDAY, 11/02/20— Football Honorable Mention Players of the Week—Roderick Brown, North Forney Senior Defensive Lineman; Wyatt Dyer, Aubrey Senior Defensive End; Luke Fowler, Melissa Junior Free Safety; Marshall Landwehr, Highland Park Senior Inside Linebacker; Myles Mays, Frisco Senior Cornerback; Aidan Siano, Prosper Senior Linebacker; Demondre Williams, Wilmer-Hutchins Senior Linebacker; Brayden Schager, Highland Park Senior Quarterback; Bradford Martin, Frisco Junior Running Back; Jackson Berry, Prosper Senior Quarterback.
**Headline on page one top—North Forney makes playoff berth! A sub-headline stated that “Falcons defeat Mabank, 12—11, Nov. 5 with late-game scoring play.” Quarterback Stephen Buckley led the Falcons on an 11-play, 77-yard touchdown drive that “will live in the memories of Falcons fans forever.”
Growing up in the ‘50s and ‘60s and “loving” BASEBALL, I, like so many of my relatives and friends, had a favorite baseball team and favorite players, mainly from that team. When Houston fielded the “Colt ‘45s,” I had to split my allegiance with the new Texas team, but until then, I was an “All-Yankees” boy!
The Pirates came into Saturday afternoon energized and ready to play after taking off the past two weeks due to COVID-19 related issues. Excitement was in the air for it being homecoming week and the Pirates’ first district game of the season. Also brewing for another generation was the renewed rivalry between the Jackrabbits and Pirates dating back to the 3A days of both teams in the 1990s & early 2000s.
After restructuring the district schedule, including dividing the district into two, four team zones, due to cancellations caused by positive Covid-19 cases at several schools, the North Forney Falcons found themselves travelling east to take on the Sulphur Springs Wildcats in a Zone B game last Friday night. After defeating the Wildcats 70-13 in the final game of the 2019 season, the Falcons leaned on their defense in another blowout win, a 56-21 victory that moved their overall record to 5-0 and, more importantly, gave them a 1-0 record zone play.
The Forney Jackrabbits and the Crandall Pirates did their best on Halloween afternoon to imitate a “Rocky” movie. The last 4 overtimes looked like two prize fighters standing toe to toe, exchanging blows until the final bell.
Forney High School and North Forney High School swim teams competed against Irving ISD and DeSoto swim teams Saturday, October 24 at North Lake College Aquatic Center. The Jackrabbits and Falcons outscored the other teams earning a combined 561 points. DeSoto and Irving earned 26 and 12 points respectively.
Today, we will take one last look at F. H. S. and Forney Grammar School 60 years ago. I had someone last week tell me, “Themer, that can’t be 60 years ago; I remember it like it was yesterday!” Yes, that somebody is older than I am, but not by too much!
All photos by BLANCA LESTER
2020-2021 Forney High School Varsity Cheer
I recently celebrated the 20th Anniversary of my 50th Birthday Anniversary and received many (too many to enumerate) wonderful presents, but I will tell about one, which I enjoyed on Oct. 20, 2020, the exact day I was born in 1950—attending the opening game of the 2020 World Series, compliments of the Will, Holley, and Kherington Themer family.