Forney clinches playoff berth behind 3 Jack King TD passes
CARROLLTON — Jack King threw for three touchdowns and Darris Jenkins rushed for 215 yards and a touchdown Thursday night as Forney (5-5, District 10-4A) clinched its first playoff berth since 2009 with a 38-6 win over Carrollton Newman Smith at Standridge Stadium.
Forney took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter on a 23-yard field goal by Clay Collins and would never trail. A 12-yard run by A.J. Atnip in the second quarter gave Forney a 10-0 halftime lead.
Newman Smith (4-6, 2-5) got on the board with 1:50 left in the third when Cole Brewer hit Zach Rasmussen for a 5-yard pass to make it 24-6. But Forney came back with a 15-yard run by Jenkins and a 10-yard pass from King to Lane Johnson.
Forney amassed 385 total yards, including 319 on the ground, even with leading rusher Clayton Chadwick sidelined after suffering a concussion in last week’s loss to West Mesquite.
Forney’s defense also did its part, forcing two turnovers and holding Newman Smith to 172 total yards and six first downs.
Newman Smith, which lost its last three games, was led offensively by Brewer, who was 10-of-25 passing for 130 yards.
Steve Hunt is a Frisco-based freelance writer.