FORSAN — Area 2A football fans could not have asked for a better game than the one played in Forsan Friday night. Both teams were undefeated in district play, setting the stage for a battle for all the marbles. When it was over, the Coahoma Bulldogs took a 23-22 victory home, advancing to a 4-0 district record, while the Buffaloes fall to 2-1.
After Justin Coker scored for the Bulldogs and then caught a pass from Tanner Ruiz for the two-point conversion, Forsan responded with 13 first quarter points of their own.
Quarterback Foster Burchett scored from 39 yards out. Then, with 20 seconds left in the quarter, Burchett hit Ty Johnson on a 27-yard pass to take the lead. The lead would hold until halftime, as the two teams traded defensive stands in the second quarter.
Just three minutes into the third quarter, the Bulldogs struck again and regained the lead on a 22-yard Ruiz pass to Aaron Acevedo. Ruiz added the two extra points on the ground to make it a 16-13 game.
The lead would change hands again on the first play of the fourth quarter when Johnson broke free for a 76-yard run for Forsan. The extra point would put the Buffaloes back on top 20-16, with almost 12 minutes left on the clock.
Coahoma would only need four minutes — as it turned out. Ruiz connected with Acevedo again, this time from 20 yards out and the Bulldogs climbed back on top to stay at 23-20.
But the excitement was far from over as the game turned into a chess match.
After driving the field again late in the fourth, Forsan made a decision to go for it on fourth and goal, hoping for the win, but were stopped when the Bulldogs bit down and got tough.
However, after Coahoma took over inside their own ten, Forsan's defense returned the favor and allowed no offensive yards. The Buffaloes used their timeouts strategically and looked to get the ball back in great field position with Coahoma punting against the wind from their own goal line.
But fate would not allow it as the snap sailed out of the back of the end zone for a safety. This brought the Buffaloes within one point, but it allowed the Bulldogs a free kick from their 20 yard line instead of the goal line.
With the wind in their face, Coahoma opted to use a tee and keep the ball low. It worked out perfectly as Forsan would take over at the 50 yard line,with just under a minute to play. They would run out of time and downs before they could score again.
Coahoma — Forsan
First downs 10 — 21
Rushes-yards 33-107 — 49-314
Passing yards 136 — 81
Passes (C-A-I) 4-7-0 — 7-17-0
Punts 3-42.3 — 3-21.0
Fumbles-Lost 3-1— 2-2
Penalties-Yards 1-5 — 5-46
RUSHING — Coahoma, Justin Coker 17-78; Aaron Acevedo 5-15; Tanner Ruiz 10-15; Cage Miller 1-(-1). Forsan, Brendan Roman 14-78; Trevor Burchett 2-17; Ty Johnson 14-110; Foster Burchett 19-110.
PASSING — Coahoma, Ruiz 4-7-0-136; Forsan, F. Burchett 7-17-0-81
RECEIVING — Coahoma, Acevedo 3-116; Miller 1-22; Forsan, Dalton Doss 3-24, Johnson 2-36, Roman 1-11, Marcus Cervantes 1-10.