- This was a measuring stick game, and it showed that the Falcons are not as good as their 3-0 record, and 52 points and 558 total yards per game going into last night would suggest…BUT, they’re also not that far from it. The score at the half was 14-7 Ennis, and the Falcons would receive the second half kick off.
- Ennis, the area #9 ranked school in 5A, is a traditional powerhouse. They were picked preseason to win the district. They are the biggest, strongest and fastest team North Forney has played thus far. This was a test of the Falcons’ mettle and, after being punched in the mouth early, North Forney responded to make the game closer than the final score would indicate.
- The defense, which has been so good in limiting big plays and not allowing teams to score, gave up some big ones last night. The Lions scored on a busted play, 89-yard run, and passes of 40 and 38 yards. Ennis’ first score was set up by a 56-yard run. The Lions took the fight to the Falcons, running hard and running through tackles.
- That is not to say the defense was bad. Save for the few big plays, which accounted for 223 of Ennis’ 442 total yards on the night, the defense was good. The line held up after being hammered early. Jeremy Bailey filled lanes and made several tackles to limit what could have been big plays and Ethan Monaco extended his streak of games with a tipped-pass interception. He had two on the night.
- The offense struggled to generate any momentum against the active and athletic Lions’ defense. Quarterback Jacob Acuna returned to play after missing time due to injury and his early second quarter entry seemed to bring some juice to the Falcons and changed Ennis’s defense alignment. North responded by driving for their first score of the game to get them back to 14-7. Acuna finished the night with 67 yards and 1 TD. Ty Collins, the Falcons’ leading rusher against Ennis, finished one yard short of the century mark. It is the first time this season the Falcons were held without a 100-yard rusher.
- Penalties have been and continue to be an issue for the Falcons. They were flagged six times for 55 yards on the night. It is not just that they were penalized, it was where and when they were penalized, that hurt the Falcons. Trailing 14-7, Collyn Shipley saw his long punt return wiped out by a block in the back. Instead of having the ball near midfield, the Falcons took possession at their 22-yard line. Later, North could have pinned Ennis back inside the 20, but a holding penalty on a Falcons’ punt moved the ball to the 27-yard line.
The Falcons look to get back on track next Friday as they host Corsicana at City Bank Stadium. Corsicana comes into the game 3-1 overall, 2-0 in district, after beating Kaufman, 40-7.
Article by: Tim Danziger, Forney Messenger