- Whereas last week’s game v. Ennis was a “measuring stick” game – were the Falcons’ as good as their 3-0 record would suggest – this was a “character” game. How would the Falcons respond to their first loss of them season? For the most part they responded well. They were physical for all four quarters and battled back from a fourth quarter deficit, giving themselves a chance to win, before giving up a late TD.
- The game couldn’t have been more evenly played. The score at halftime was 7-7. North finished with 310 total yards; Corsicana had 339. Corsicana took advantage of big plays, including a 54-yard TD run early and a 38-yard pass to set up the game winning TD late. The Falcons turned the ball over twice and had one takeaway.
- For the second week in a row, wind was a factor in the game. Both teams had trouble throwing the ball with the wind at their back – seeing passes sail over their receivers’ heads – but found some success throwing into the wind. In fact, on the game winning drive, Corsicana’s Solomon James saw his long pass hang in the wind, allowing his receiver to adjust back to the ball and make the 38-yard catch in coverage. The wind also affected the punting game as the Falcons’ Carlos Rodriguez’s saw his punt out of the end zone roll dead at the Corsicana 28 for a 68-yard net.
- Penalties have been an issue for the Falcons this season, but this game was much better. The Falcons were penalized just three times. Unfortunately, one penalty came on a third-down play in the first quarter to keep the Corsicana drive alive. They would hit their 54-yard TD run on the next play. Corsicana was flagged 10 times.
- Speaking of third down…third down efficiency remains an issue for the Falcons’ offense. They were 6-16 on third down (38%) against Corsicana. Defensively, the Falcons were even better, as Corsicana was only able to convert three of 12 third downs against the North Forney defense. The Falcons forced seven punts and turned the ball over on downs twice.
- In this two-game stretch, the most difficult part of the schedule, against teams that were predicted to finish one-two in the district, the Falcons learned a bunch about themselves and the competition they would face in the playoffs. They learned that they are good enough to hang with the best teams, but need to execute better on both sides of the ball to bring home the W.
Article by: Tim Danziger, Forney Messenger