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No one for Stanton is paying attention to the 61-0 loss to Idalou and 56-0 loss to Coahoma for Forsan the last two weeks.
Stanton head coach John Peterson knows when the Forsan Buffaloes get a shot at his Buffaloes, the same team that took those two losses won't be on the field. Forsan will be better.
âIt's a rivalry game,â Peterson said. âWe were both in Class A together the last couple of years. I know the Forsan are going to get up to play for us.
âOur kids are getting up to play for them. We've had a great week of practice. They're physical. They're not going to bow down to anything.â
This game between Forsan and Stanton at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Stanton features a lot of different storylines. First, there's the struggling Forsan Buffs, who have allowed 117 points in the last two weeks on the way to a 1-3 District 2-2A Division II record.
Forsan has had an interesting season the deeper they get into district play, which a 9-6 loss at Post and the Buffaloes' only win coming in a 35-34 victory at the last second against Anson.
Now the goal with Stanton and Hawley on tap to finish the season and the playoffs seemingly out of reach is 5-5. Phillips said Forsan hasn't seen any kind of .500 record at the end of the season for a long time.
âThey've had great attitudes this week,â he said of his players. âWe've had three really good practices so far. With their attitudes and the coaches' attitudes, we're going to try to win these last two games, end the season on a good note for the seniors. Kind of build on two wins hopefully for next year.â
On the other side, Stanton is looking to clinch the final playoff spot with a win Friday. They would join Idalou and Coahoma as the three teams taken from this district to get into the playoffs.
Peterson said clinching hasn't been too much of a topic for his players this week. They are fully aware of what's at stake Friday.
âThey know it,â Peterson said. âOur kids are fully aware of the situation. We really don't have to talk about it too much. They keep up with things. They do a good job of that. They're focus throughout the week in practice is taking care of the next game and winning. Letting things take care of itself.â
Peterson said Idalou and Coahoma are really talented teams, and those games don't measure how good Forsan is. He still expects that high-scoring offense to be in Stanton Friday.
Phillips said Stanton may not only be one of the best defenses in the district, but in the whole area. The same physical nature seen on Stanton's defense is on offense, too.
But Phillips is expecting a close game against Stanton. That seems to be norm between these two teams.
âWe play them pretty much every year whether they're in our district or not,â Phillips said. âThe last four years or so they've been in our district and there have been some really, really good ball games.
âAnytime we play them, I think our guys get up for them. They're guys probably get up for it. They're playing for a playoff seeding, so it's going to be a lot of fun.â