CLYDE — Brendan Roman, senior running back for Forsan picked up a Quanah fumble at the one-yard line and ran it in for a 99-yard touchdown early in the first quarter during the Buffaloes (6-5) bi-district outing against the 8-3 Indians on Friday.
Unfortunately for the Buffs, a holding penalty caused the score to be recalled.
That would set the tone of Forsan's season-ending, 41-6 loss. Five interceptions and a lost fumble coupled with costly penalties proved insurmountable for Head Coach Jason Phillips' squad.
“Going in, we were feeling good,” Phillips said. “The turnovers were huge. That killed us.”
Quanah promptly scored — several times — putting 41 unanswered points on the board as Indian quarterback Clay Robertson completed 18-of-32 passes for 208 yards. Forsan was outgained on the ground 281 yards to 100.
The combination of Forsan quarterbacks — senior quarterback Marcus Cervantes and sophomore Polo Morin only managed to complete five-of-23 passes.
A rally was still viable for the Buffs, who trailed 21-0 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Quanah would tack on 20 more points before Roman finally found the end zone on a 16-yard rushing touchdown with just minutes left in the outing to avoid a shut out.
Roman led the Buffs with 67 yards rushing in the final game of his career and accounted for the only Forsan score.
“I am proud of the (seniors),” Phillips said. “They were a big part of our program's success. Hopefully we can build on the foundation they helped start.”
Phillips has some talent on which to build, too. Due to injuries to several starters throughout the year, Phillips was forced to start junior varsity players, giving the underclassmen valuable varsity experience.
“Overall, it was a great year for us,” Phillips added. 'Especially with the injuries, we persevered. We played bad football for a couple games and had our backs against the wall going into the Winters game, but we made the playoffs two years in a row. Next year, we want get past the first round.”
Quanah moves to the area round and will face Sundown (8-2) on Friday.