If Nation Ford junior quarterback Dalton Helms had any pregame butterflies, he didn’t show it.
Helms came out of the locker room on fire to open the game, putting in a memorable performance in his first official start under center as Nation Ford beat Forestview 38-0 to open its 2012 football season.
Helms went completed 21 of 28 passes for 255 yards and threw for three touchdowns and ran for two.
“It was more excitement than jitters,” Helms said. “I knew what I had around me. We played as a family. I had a lot of faith in my receivers.”
Nation Ford has beaten Forestview the past two years to start the season on a good note.
Falcons coach Michael Allen said a lot clicked with his team over the past week.
“We challenged them this week to perform,” Allen said. “We ended up playing at a higher pace.”
Nation Ford played the majority of the game in a hurry up offense as it used a no-huddle offense to move the ball without much trouble.
Nation Ford scored on its first play of the first drive to open the third quarter as Helms hit senior A.K. McCoy on a short pass, which McCoy turned into his second touchdown of the game.
With about four minutes left in the third quarter, Nation Ford had a drive that didn’t result in a touchdown, but senior Corey Condron was able to connect on a 23-yard field goal for the Falcons.
On the final drive of the third quarter for Nation Ford, Helms hit senior Dijuan Ussery for a 25-yard pass to put the Falcons at the one-yard line, where Helms took it in himself on the next play.
In the first half, Nation Ford marched down the field from the 22-yard line with about three minutes left in the first quarter. The drive got it near the goal line, but time expired before the Falcons were able to score.
Senior Daniel Jackson had a huge 32-yard run to get into Forestview territory on the drive. Helms connected with McCoy on a couple occasions, the second producing a touchdown to give the Falcons the 7-0 lead, which opened the second quarter.
At one point in the game, Helms had 12 straight completions during the first half. Helms went 17 for 23 for 143 yards in the first half.
Helms again led Nation Ford on its first real series of the second quarter — this time not with his arm, but his legs.
Helms’ first run of the game was a 70-yard sprint resulting in a touchdown for Nation Ford.
Before the end of the first half, facing a third-and-15, Helms hit Ussery as the clock ran out. Ussery did a good job dodging defenders to get into the end zone to put the Falcons up 21-0 at the half.
Both teams started the game slow offensively as each school’s defense came out on the attack.
Forestview started eating up the clock on its second drive of the game. The Jaguars started pounding the ball despite showing the spread on several occasions. Sophomore Montavis Rogers did the majority of damage with a first down runs of 10 yards as the Jaguars started at its own 15-yard line.
However, after a 16-play drive, Nation Ford made a fourth down stop just outside the red zone.
Nation Ford 38, Forestview 0
NF – Dalton Helms to AK McCoy three-yard pass (Corey Condron kick)
NF – Helms 70-yard run (Condron kick)
NF – Helms to Dijuan Ussery 30-yard pass (Condron kick)
NF – Helms to McCoy 70-yard pass (Condron kick)
NF – Condron 23-yard field goal
NF – Helms one-yard run (Condron kick)
|Rushes – yards||16-139||33-107|
Rushing – Forestview: Montavis Rogers 11-56, Logan Bradley 7-(-22), Bishop Ford 12-61, Moe Neal 2-18, Kameron Timmons 1-(-6). Nation Ford: Daniel Jackson 7-58, Dalton Helms 4-69, Andrew Barr 1-15, Taylor Hemphill 2-(-6), Marques Coleman 1-2, Riley Hilton 1-1.
Passing – Forestview: Logan Bradley 15-26-0 179, Kameron Timmons 0-3-2 0, Mykelti Armstong 0-1-0 0. Nation Ford: Dalton Helms 21-28-0 255.
Receiving – Forestview: Mykelti Armstong 3-21, Bishop Ford 2-28, Calvin Johnson 4-29, CJ Bumgarner 2-19, Moe Neal 4-33. Nation Ford: Dijuan Ussery 5-76, AK McCoy 6-100, Riley Hilton 6-59, Andrew Barr 3-10, Daniel Jackson 1-10.
Records: Forestview 0-1, Nation Ford 1-0.