HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - He wears the number two jersey. Fitting, considering he's a dual threat quarterback, and he starts at two positions: quarterback and cornerback. Last Friday, Jalen Haskin of North Forrest High School made two critical plays with under two minutes to play that gave the eagles the most improbable of wins.
In the fourth quarter, the clock hit 1:00, and the North Forrest eagles trailed 11-3 to Quitman. Neither offense could find consistency all night, and Haskin's offense had to drive 80 yards and convert a two-point conversion just to tie. They did it on two plays.
Haskin narrowly avoided a sack, and just happened to catch wide receiver Andre Duncan brake free on the sideline. Haskin let it fly, and caught Duncan in stride, who then sprinted to the endzone for a 78-yard score.
With the clock reading :53 seconds remaining, the eagles scored the two-point conversion and now needed to hold on defense to force overtime. Trying to make a play for his team, Quitman quarterback Franklin Jones launched a pass over the middle, but waiting was number two.
Haskin intercepted Jones's pass, and returned it to the panther 10-yard line. Eagles' kicker Hunter Leui kicked a 27-yard field goal, and North Forrest pulled off a seemingly-impossible victory. Maybe the only one in the stadium who thought a win was possible even to the very end was, of course, Haskin.
"I told my teammates," shared Haskin, "I said, I have faith in y'all, y'all got to have faith in me. I passed off some of that energy to my brothers, because we're a family. I told them, we can pull this thing out. Anything is possible."