In a close, wind-blown game Friday night, the Forsan Buffaloes improved their record to 5-1 (2-0 in district) by defeating the Anson Tigers 28-20.
Forsan's head coach, Jason Phillips hit the nail on the head earlier this week when he said Anson was the best 0-6 team around, warning his players not to overlook the Tigers. His words would prove prophetic as Anson matched Forsan in just about every offensive category during this district match-up.
â€śWe knew they would be better than their record indicated,â€ť Coach Phillips said. â€śThey got after us pretty hard in this one.â€ť
Brendan Roman and Foster Burchett each scored twice for the Buffaloes and Ty Johnson pulled a heavy load, rushing for 149 yards on 17 carries.
Forsan lit up the scoreboard first when Burchett punched one in from a yard out,just three minutes into the game. The Buffaloes would hold a 6-0 lead until the 10:10 mark of the second quarter when Anson finally answered. The extra point out them ahead of Forsan 7-6.
Then it was Roman's turn, breaking through from five yards away. Burchett's pass to Patrick Robles would put the Buffaloes up 14-7. They would never surrender the lead again, as Burchett scored again with a minute left in the half.
Roman would get his second touchdown of the night in the fourth quarter, scampering from four yards out to seal the fate of the Tigers.
â€śWe weren't quite as sharp as we were the last two weeks,â€ť Coach Phillips said. â€śBut when we needed a drive, the boys stepped up and made it happen.â€ť
The defense of the Buffaloes did a little stepping of their own Friday night, stopping Anson on six out of seven fourth down attempts.
â€śI have to say something about the defense,â€ť Coach Phillips added. â€śThey really played great when we needed them to. It wasn't out best game, but when we needed a big-time play, we got it, on both sides of the ball.â€ť
Burchett was 4-8 in the air for 78 yards, while rushing for 75on 17 carries. Dalton Doss led the Forsan receivers with 36 yards on a night when the ball would not go where it was supposed to go.
The Buffaloes' next outing will be a clash of two area teams, both undefeated in district play, as Forsan hosts Coahoma Friday night.
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