The Forney Jackrabbits won a hard hitting, fiercely competitive Homecoming game over Terrell, 16-7. The Jackrabbits improved their record to 2-2 (1-1in district).
This game was won in the trenches on both sides for the Jackrabbits. The offensive line, A.J. Schultz, Brayden Carroll, Reese Mercer, Alex Bowen and Micah Owens battled all night and helped running back Jaylin Phillips to lead the way with 140 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Campbell Anderson added 53 yards and Josh Stevens pitched in 58 yards. In total, the Jackrabbits combined for 243 yards rushing on 43 attempts. The strong, gusty winds made throwing the ball very difficult for both teams. Josh Stevens caught 2 for 21 yards and Brayden Kirkland caught 4 for 18, all from Anderson.
On the defensive side, the front led by Jorge Tello, Cade Crawford and Cannon Donlay disrupted the Terrell offense all night. They were backed up by Dal Ndzishangong (13 tackles), Dylan Patrick (8 tackles), Jayven Cochran (2 tackles, 1 tackle for loss) and Tochi Anusiem (4 tackles and a fumble recovery). The secondary was involved in several big plays. Terrell executed a “Hitch and Pitch” pass perfectly, but Keshon Johnson (7 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) chased him down for a touchdown saving tackle.That play (82 yards) accounted for close to 1/3 of the Tigers total offense for the night. Westin Beeman (4 tackles, 1 tackle for a loss) continued to spark the defense with his relentless effort in pursuing the quarterback on pass plays. Caden Cross and Gavin West also preformed at a high level. The Jackrabbit defense held Terrell’s high powered wing-t ground game to 155 yards.
The Jackrabbits attained a key goal this week by “Being Special on Special Teams’. Our kick coverage was excellent all night long, and Sam Guercia pounced on a fumble on a kickoff to give the Jackrabbits great field position. Colby Ortega kicked a 47 yard field goal with a difficult cross wind to put the Jackrabbits ahead to stay in the 3rd quarter. However, the special teams sealed the game when Zerek Waters came off the right edge of Terrell’s go ahead field goal attempt and blocked the kick and then returned it 67 yards for an apparent touchdown. A penalty nullified the touchdown, but the Jackrabbit offense punched it in for the game sealing score.
The Jackrabbits return to action this Friday (9-27) in Royse City at 7:30 p.m. Get there early, be loud and stay late! #AYGATT