On Friday October 2nd, Timber Creek beat divisional rival Fossil Ridge high school by a final score of 44 to 28. This win was Timber Creek’s second of the year, and comes after a win against West Mesquite in their previous game. This game was Timber Creek’s first district game of the year, and sets the Falcons in a good position as they go into next week undefeated in district play.
The game started out poorly for the Falcons, giving up a 75 yard passing touchdown on the first play of the game. Followed by an offensive drive that went nowhere and a defensive breakdown, Fossil Ridge capitalized once more to put themselves up by two possessions. Timber Creek was able to sneak in a touchdown in at the end of the 1st quarter, and found themselves only down by seven points after one quarter of action.
The second quarter was by far the most atrocious of the game for the Falcons. Fossil Ridge would put up two more unanswered touchdowns, and would lead the Falcons by a score of 28-14 at halftime.
The Timber Creek players went into the locker room with the mindset that they have been in a similar situation before, and could very much be triumphant.
The engines on the offense began revving up in the beginning of the third quarter, when Lonnie Johnson caught a receiving touchdown to put the Falcons back within two possessions of the Panthers. After a great pass deflection on 3rd down, Timber Creek would keep the momentum with a running touchdown from Alec Sauimaniphanh. After a series of back and forth drives, the Falcons would then pull themselves within one point of the lead, after a touchdown from Lonnie Johnson (who had three touchdowns in the game). The PAT attempt would be no good, causing the Falcons to be down by just one point at the end of the third quarter.
The deficit wouldn’t last for long, as the “dark side” defense would force Fossil Ridge to go three and out, and give Jacob Porter the chance to drive down the field. After getting across half field, a great catch from Easton Shuldberg put the Falcons into field goal range. The drive would be capitalized by a successful field goal from Jack Finder, and the Falcons took their first lead of the entire game at the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Not settling with the score, Timber Creek would add two more touchdowns to the score with “pick-6” interception from LeVar Thorton Jr. , and then one more touchdown on a run from Alec Sauimaniphanh. Fossil would fail to convert on fourth down, turning the ball over for the last time. At this point victory was inevitable for the Falcons, as Jacob Porter took the knee to run out the clock.
The Falcons set records for the season, having won their second game of the year in which they were down at half. Not only that, the Falcons scored 35 consecutive, unanswered points against Fossil Ridge. The Falcons once again proved to be a “second half” team, and went home triumphant after being down by a three touchdown deficit. This morale boosting win helps the Falcons move into a tough district schedule, as head coach Marshall Williams says “This is great! This marks two games in a row that we’ve won and we’ve come from behind. We were showing tonight that we can play great defense when we need to, and that we can we can be super explosive on offense.”
The Falcons look to continue this streak in their next district game against Byron Nelson. The game takes place at the Keller ISD athletic complex on October 8th, and kickoff is at 7pm.
View photos from the Varsity Football Game against Fossil Ridge High School on Oct. 1, 2021. All photos available for purchase here.