On Friday, October 15th, the varsity football team was defeated by Keller High School by a final score of 38-14. The score was close going into halftime, yet was wide by the final whistle. “The Nest” was electric throughout the game, and continued to stay optimistic even through the end.
The first two quarters had the Falcons in a game of catch up. Keller scored first to start the game, and that was the only score for the first quarter. Though the Falcons were able to come up with some impressive drives, they could not capitalize on any of them and finished the first quarter scoreless.
To start the second quarter, Keller scored again to put the Falcons in an even greater deficit. Timber Creek would then score on what was arguably the play of the night, where a trick play had wide receiver Maddox Allbritton throw the ball to Lonnie Johnson for the touchdown. This play was followed by another Keller score, putting the Falcons down 21-7. On the next drive, the Falcons would respond with another highlight-reel-worthy play via a catch from Lonnie Johnson. Johnson jumped above the defender to take the ball from him, even though the defender was called for a defensive pass interference. The clock would then wind out for the first half, with the Falcons being behind by a slim deficit of 7 points going into the locker room.
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Although Timber Creek started the second half on offense, Keller would halt the drive with an interception. Keller would then capitalize on the interception, scoring a touchdown on a run play. On their next drive the Falcons would proceed to go three and out, and punt the ball back to Keller. It wouldn’t take Keller long to score again, and they would add one more touchdown to take a 35-14 lead over the Falcons with less than 5 minutes remaining in the third quarter. Timber Creek would then attempt to respond down 21 points, yet fumbled the ball just after getting the ball across mid-field. KHS would take over on offense with just 50 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The fourth quarter wasn’t any better for the Falcons. Keller scored the final points of the game by a field goal with just 9 minutes left to play. This was the final nail in the coffin for the Falcons, who would remain scoreless for the rest of the game.
This game was rough for the Falcon “dark side” defense, as Keller moved the ball at will. The Indians distributed the ball both through the air and on the ground with ease. It wasn’t entirely awful for the Defense, as Josh Compton had a plethora of good tackles on the night. The Falcon offense had its bright spots from Maddox Allbritton and Lonnie Johnson out-playing defenders, as well as Alec Souimaniphanh who had over 100 rushing yards on the night. Per usual, the offensive line held down the trenches through the majority of the night. Both Dillon Fitzmaurice and Jack Finder had a couple of great plays on special teams, and helped win momentum back throughout the game.
This game hopefully serves to help prepare the Falcons for a home game against Central next week. The game is Timber Creek’s senior night, and the theme is “purple and gold” TCOD. The game takes place at the Keller ISD athletic complex, and kickoff is at 7 p.m.