, Nederland just never gave up
NEDERLAND -- Dionte Forney
never gave up, never stopped believing... even though his
Nederland Bulldogs were losing.
Dionte never gave up on being a star quarterback, either... even though he was playing defensive end, tight end and wide receiver.
wore No. 2 because he
wanted to emulate Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
He also liked watching Case Keenum as he competed at quarterback for the University of Houston.
Forney played quarterback in the Nederland 7th and 8th grade farm system with the Central Canines in middle school.
just never stopped thinking he
Having started three games at the position, Forney
has sufficiently convinced Bulldogs fans everywhere that he's
can play quarterback and can play there quite well.... even after dealing with a knee injury for more than half of this season.
is 3-0 as a starting quarterback at Nederland
That was just enough to wiggle the Bulldogs back where they wanted to be -- in the Class 4A Division 1 bidistrict playoffs.
That opportunity arrives Saturday in Conroe's Woodforest Bank Stadium against Crosby at 2 p.m.
Crosby (8-2) will be the host school and will be regarded as the favorite in most state rating services because of Nederland's
mediocre 5-5 record.
But the Bulldogs have defeated three quality district teams -- Livingston, Vidor and Lumberton with Forney
at the NHS throttle.
3-0 really is all you need to write, but there are other reasons to feel encouraged by Dionte
thrown eight touchdown passes in those three games.
The Bulldogs' offense only has committed one turnover with the 6-5, 240-pound Dionte
taking the snaps in the shotgun.
A defensive end as a sophomore in 2008, Forney
figured to catch Kirby Bellow's passes based on his 2009 spring work at wide receiver and tight end.
sustained a slightly torn medial collateral ligament at an AAU basketball game in Houston this past July.
would miss the pre-season and the opener at West Orange-Stark.
A chop block in the Friendswood game shut down Dionte
"When I came back from those injuries, I took quarterback more seriously," Forney
Forney only wishes he could have played quarterback all season.
thinks a different Mid-County team might be 10-0 if he
"I had a feeling I wasn't going to get the doctor's release," Forney
said, thinking back to his
absence from Nederland's
first three district games -- LC-M, PN-G and Ozen.