FORSAN — It was a must-win scenario for the Buffaloes. A victory over the Winters Blizzards, and Forsan Head Coach Jason Phillips' squad makes a playoff appearance. A loss and they are done for the season.
Prior to Friday's bout, Phillips toldsaid he wanted to restore the running game and put more points on the board than he his squad has in the previous weeks.
Phillips adjustments worked, as the Buffaloes shutout the Blizzards 24-0, relying mostly on the ground game to advance to bi-district where they will face the 7-3 Quanah Indians.
“Offensively, we we looked to reestablish the running game early,” Phillips said of his game plan. “We made some adjustments. We stayed in the shotgun formation, but we used two tight ends, so we had more guys blocking in the box. It spread those guys out so we could find some running lanes. We didn't throw the ball a lot, because we didn't have to.”
Forsan scored on first offensive play when Trevor Burchett got the hand off from quarterback Marcus Cervantes and ran in a 54-yard touchdown to give the Buffs an early lead. Trevor Williams kicked the PAT.
Williams added a 29-yard field goal to put Forsan ahead 10-0. Extending the lead was Brendan Roman, who rushed for a seven-yard touchdown.
With the Buffs ahead 17 points after one quarter, the game turned into a defensive duel. Neither team would score again until Cervantes took one into the end zone on a quarterback keeper in the fourth stanza, sealing the game for Forsan.
“The defense was outstanding,” Phillips said. “They did what we needed them to. There were a lot of three-and-outs.”
Looking ahead to Quanah, Phillips believes his team is ready to make a postseason run.
“We have all our guys back,” Phillips added. “Blaise Coffman, Copeland Riddell, Ausden Medrano … Brendan Roman is 100% again. We are healthier than we have been. (Quanah) runs a spread offense and they like to throw the ball quite a bit. I think we match up well speed-wise. It should be a good game.”
Forsan will be playing the Indians in Clyde on Friday at 7:30 p.m.