By JASON EPP
Leader & Times
It had to be a strange feeling for the stunned Forgan players and fans. Strange for them to look up at the final score of the Class B Area Championship and see ‘Arnett 57, Forgan 38.’
A 21-game win streak snapped., and not since the current senior class were freshman had the Forgan Bulldogs lost to a team in their class, and not since the Area Championship of the season before that had Forgan been so thoroughly beaten.
The numbers do not lie. A 15-2 scoring advantage in the third quarter and a 32-9 advantage for Arnett for the entire second turned a close game into a blowout.
But another number did not lie either; 27 percent field goal shooting. Sharp-shooting Jake Regier was just 5 of 16 for 11 points; all in the first half. Chandler Bryer was 0 of 7 from the field, and Jace Kerr just 3 of 10 from the same.
Although Forgan struggled to hit even easy shots for almost the entire game, the game was close throughout the first half.
Tyler Tune (22 points) scored the first 6 of the game for Arnett to take a 6-3 lead, but Forgan scored the next eight to go up 11-6. Arnett had closed the gap to three by the end of the first quarter.
Arnett took the lead (16-15) with 5:15 left until half, but Forgan answered right back to regain the lead 22-20 with two minutes left until half.
Arnett finished the half on a 9-2 run that put them up four at the break.
Forgan never again threatened, and pulled their starters with over six minutes left to rest them for Sunday’s do-or-die matchup for the Area’s last state tournament birth with Tyrone in Woodward.