By Jason Epp
High Plains Daily Leader & Times
As lightning flashed in the distant sky, so did the Forgan Bulldogs from the opening kickoff spoiling the Tyrone Bobcats homecoming, 46-0.
"Disappointed.," said Bobcat head coach Josh Bell. "From the get-go we didn't do what we needed to do, and they just pushed us around. They knocked us in the teeth."
Forgan's Chandler Bryer grabbed the opening kickoff around Forgan's five yard line and took off down the sideline, giving the Bulldogs fantastic field position, to start the game at the Tyrone 8 yard line. Just two plays later, Bryer skated in from three yards out for the first score of the game. Dalton Lemieux hit Ryan Radcliff, seeing his first action of the season; in the corner for the two-point conversion to give the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead.
Forgan grew their lead, scoring touchdowns on the next two drives, thanks, in part, to pin-point passes from Lemieux for third down conversions, and a pass interference call that kept a drive going on fourth and fourteen. The last scoring drive took 14 plays to cover 52 yards and took almost six minutes off the clock.
Meanwhile, the Bobcats struggled to mount any kind of offense, with all four first-half drive lasting no more than five plays. Forgan held a commanding 22-0 lead at the half.
Tyrone was able to hold the Bulldogs on consecutive drives, but we still unable to muster any offense. Forgan took advantage of good field position, taking over at Tyrone's 21, 28, and 6 respectively on their next three drives. All three were turned into Bulldog touchdowns. Radcliff's catch on the final two-point conversion ended the game just one play into the fourth quarter.
"They played pretty good except for a couple of spots in the first half," said Forgan head coach Doug Bowles. "They stepped up to the challenge tonight."
The Bulldogs running game was much improved from their two previous games, and had been the focus of Forgan's practice. "I was pleased with the running game," said Bowles. "We worked on the option this week and it turned out to be a really good play for us. We ran some out of the 'I', and it was good for us."
Forgan quarterback Dalton Lemieux lead the Bulldog attack with three rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown, one rushing two-point conversion, and three passing two-point conversions.
As for the now 2-1 Bobcats, it was already time to move on. "Go back to practice and you say 'next' and you do it all over again," said Bell. "This doesn't dictate how our season ends. This is one game and they have to go play."
Forgan is now 2-1 and will travel to Shattuck next Friday, while Tyrone will travel to Waynoka.