COLORADO CITY — It was a hard-fought game, but Forsan (4-7) lost to Windthorst (5-5) 20-14 Friday, ending the Buffaloes' up-and-down season in the bi-district round of the postseason.
The Buffs played well for much of the game, outgaining Windthorst by more than 100 total yards and led 14-7 at the start of the fourth quarter.
It wasn't a lack of offensive or defensive skill which slowed Forsan down, but errors coming at inopportune times, according to FHS Head Coach Jason Phillips.
“We outplayed them for three quarters, the turnovers and penalties hurt us,” he said. “We had better stats, but the penalties definitely hurt us. You can't make those kinds of mistakes in the playoffs. The kids did play very hard.”
Among those playing hard was Kade Fannin, who hauled in a 30-yard pass from Jesse Cervantes. Walker Park was good for a two-point conversion and the reliable Trevor Williams rounded out the Buff's offense with two field goals.
A late score by Winthorst capped the game.
Phillips will be losing valuable seniors such as Fannin and the recently named 'Built Ford Tough Player of the Week', Kolby Self, as well as several others who have started on varsity in recent years.
“A lot of our senior guys are two-year and three-year starters,” Phillips said. “One or two started as freshmen. They've helped turn this program around. They've been a huge part of our success. It's a very well-rounded class. They've shown great leadership and have a good work ethic — and they're talented. We're definitely going to miss them.”
Boding well for Forsan next year is the amount of playing time underclassmen saw during a midseason stretch marred with injuries.
Sophomore Jesse Cervantes took the reins at QB and finished out the season, giving the young gunslinger a great opportunity to improve for 2014. Walker and Ian Park emerged as explosive players who can fill just about any role.
“We've played a lot of sophomores and juniors this year,” Phillips added. “That experience will definitely help us next year.”
This year was the third consecutive season Forsan made it to the playoffs, only to lose in the first round. The Buffs didn't have an easy schedule. Two of its four district opponents — Stamford and Anson — are state-ranked teams and three of its six predistrict affairs came against Class 2A programs.