Lone Star Gridiron

North Forest shuts out Davis

North Forest Bulldogs

Houston- Behind a stout defensive effort and a quick strike offense, the North Forest Bulldogs blanked the Houston Davis Panthers 56-0 at Delmar stadium in a make up game due to the heavy rains this past weekend.

The Bulldogs have won 8 in a row after a loss to Fort Bend Dulles at the beginning of the season. The Bulldogs and Coach Mike Ferrell are undefeated in District 20-5A (6-0) and now 8-1 on the year with only the Sharpstown Apollos left to close out their schedule. If North Forest wins on a quick turn around game this Saturday they will be crowned district champions.

North Forest struck first after forcing a Davis 3 and out. Prince Robinson got the scoring started for the Bulldogs on a 25 yard touchdown run and led 7-0. Earlier this week, Robinson became the first North Forest player ever to earn a Division I (FBS) scholarship when Colorado State came calling.

The Bulldog defense then came up big. On 2nd and 10 from their own 40 yard line, Davis quarterback Xavier Hardeman dropped back looking for a screen pass to running back Jamarcus Guillory. He found Bulldog linebacker David Nelson instead. Nelson cruised into the end zone for an easy 30 yard pick six to extend the lead 14-0.

Houston Davis' Sal Fuentes who was sharing kickoff duties with senior wide receiver Anthony Mitchell, pooched a kick and Montel Perkins recovered on the Davis 38 yard line. Five plays later, quarterback Jirmail Proctor found Terrence Batiste for a 16 yard touchdown toss and a 21-0 lead.

The Bulldog defense then forced another 3 and out. Four plays later, North Forest scored on a 51 yard Proctor run straight up the Panthers gut. He faked an end around and sprinted untouched for a touchdown as the first quarter time expired with a 28-0 score.

Again the North Forest defense stuffed the Panther's drive with a 3 and out. In response this time, the Bulldogs needed only 2 plays to hit pay dirt. Hardeman got a nice punt off for Davis all the way down to the North Forest 5 and Cameron Smith bobbled the ball not once put twice and almost fumbled it away. Coach Ferrell was heard from the press box admonishing Smith about fooling around inside their own ten yard line with a return. On 1st and 10 Antonio Davis ripped off a nice 51 yard run down to the Davis 35 then sophomore Damond Wiggins finished it off on the very next play, 35-0.

The final score of the half came after a turnover on downs by Davis at the Bulldog 37 yard line.  Hardeman fired high on 4th down to give the ball back to North Forest. This time it only took one play as Proctor found a wide open Anthony Mitchell on a slant for a 63 yards and a 42-0 lead. The Bulldogs held Davis to 13 first half yards.

The Bulldogs hot offense continued firing on all cylinders, scoring in just two plays right after the break. Proctor found Mitchell for 7 yards on first down and then Wiggins again scooted in for another touchdown, this time for 42 yards, 49-0. Coach Ferrell then wisely relieved his star quarterback with sophomore Derek Graham.

Graham quarterbacked the Bulldogs to a touchdown of his own. Antonio Davis scored on, you guessed it, the first play, as he raced around the right end for the final score of the night at 56-0.  Davis finished with 137 yards rushing on 11 carries and 2 touchdowns. Jirmail Proctor ended up completing 5 of his 6 passes for 109 yards and 2 touchdowns while rushing for 61 yards and one score.

Coach Ferrell elected to have a running clock after the Bulldogs went up 21-0. Coach Ferrell said they usually start fast and they do. He also had to say this about the Monday night matchup, “it was different, you know, I experienced this in ‘05 after Katrina hit and Rita tried to come through, in Fort Bend we had to play 3 games in 10 days, so counting playoffs we will now play 3 games in 12 days.” His defense held Davis to 29 total yards on the game.

He added this about the quick turnaround against Sharpstown, “Our kids believe in what we do, we work hard, hardest working group of kids I’ve eve been around, they relish challenges like this to be honest, they’ll be ready on Saturday.”

by Glenn McCarthy

Players of the Game- Quarterback Jirmail Proctor and Linebacker David Nelson

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
North Forest 28 14 7 7  - 56
Davis 0 0 0 0  - 0

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