Finally a test for Forgan in second round matchup
Thursday, 18 November 2010 11:36
By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
FORGAN, Okla. — The Forgan Bulldogs have become the masters of the mercy rule. The Bulldogs (10-1) beat three of its last four opponents by at least 45 points and has out-scored those opponents 190-22.
All that came after a 42-8 loss to Deer Creek-Lamont on Oct. 15. Up until that point, Forgan only run-ruled one opponent — Waynoka — on Oct. 1.
Maybe the loss to DCLA was a wake-up call. Regardless, the Bulldogs will face their toughest opponent since DCLA, Friday in the Timberlake Tigers out of Helena, Okla.
Timberlake captured the Class C state championship last season over Seiling after dispatching of DCLA in the state semifinals at Selby Stadium in Enid. The Tigers finished third in what is perhaps the toughest 8-man district in the state — District C-3 — which features DCLA and Covington-Douglas.
Forgan head coach Doug Bowles said the Tigers are one of the more proficient offenses the Bulldogs have seen all season.
“They scored 36 points on Deer Creek-Lamont,” Bowles said. “They throw the ball really well. They have a good running back. They have a good team.”
The Tigers average 51 points per game, compared to 37 points per game for Forgan. But Timberlake has also given up an average of 20 points per game to Forgan’s 11.
But still, Bowles sees some similarities.
“They’re kind of like us,” Bowles said. “The eight people they got out there are good. If they get somebody hurt, they drop off.”
Quarterback Coy Troutt has passed for more than 1,600 yards, while Troutt and Stetson Butler have combined for about a thousand yards rushing for the Tigers.
Forgan will occasionally pass — Rhett Radcliff has tossed for more than 600 yards — but the Bulldogs will run most of the time. Radcliff has rushed for 1,300 yards, Matt Morris nearly a thousand and Dusty Armstrong 610.
Defensively, Tayler Eagan, Tanner Jones and Morris average more than 10 tackles per game.
The winner Friday will play the DCLA-Temple winner on Nov. 26. This will be Forgan’s last home game of the year. Should the Bulldogs win Friday, the state semifinals and championship will be played on a neutral field.