New district first look: Forney

 Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of profiles on the school’s opponent in next year’s new UIL district, 15-5A. 


Enrollment: 1,411

Mascot: Jackrabbit

School colors: Black and Yellow

Distance from LHS: 41.7 miles (52 minutes) 1800 College Ave, Forney, TX 75126

Year opened: 1893

Jackrabbits’ 2015-2016 results (according to SportsDayHS):

Football: 8-4

Volleyball: 29-12

Basketball: 11-16

Girls Basketball: 8-18

Soccer: 8-12

Girls Soccer: 16-6

Baseball: 24-3

Softball: 20-11

Notable alumni: Don R. Willett (Class of 1984) – Justice of the Texas Supreme Court; Caleb Hanie (Class of 2003) – NFL Quarterback: Chicago Bears (08-09), Denver Broncos (2012), Baltimore Ravens (2013), Cleveland Browns (2013)

Athletes to watch: Brendan Vaughn, SS/OLB, class of 2017

Vaughn is a 6-1, 207-pound strong safety and outside backer who is currently committed to continue his football career at Oklahoma State. In 2015, Vaughn recorded 101 total tackles, seven sacks, and three fumble recoveries. Look for Vaughn to be a threat in the secondary to opposing quarterbacks while also disrupting opponent’s ground game.

Analysis: Like Royse City, Forney will also be making a return to the Leopard’s district beginning in fall of 2016. In the past, the Leopards had much success against the Jackrabbits in a wide variety of sports. However, as shown by the multitude of winning records the Jackrabbits have accumulated this past year, it will be interesting to see how the competition differs compared to the 2012 and 2013 school years when the Jackrabbits and Leopards were last common opponents.