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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
POST-The scoreboard at Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium Friday night failed to show the monstrous progress the Post Antelopes (0-2) have made since their lackluster season opener against the Tolar Rattlers. The Bold Gold welcomed the Forsan Buffaloes (2-0) to Post, and the Buffaloes were able to leave Redman Memorial Stadium with a win over Post 22-6.
Following an early muffed punt return from Post that gave the ball right back to the Buffaloes, Forsan struck first in the 1st quarter courtesy of a 38-yard rushing touchdown from quarterback Major Stockton. Later in the 2nd quarter, Stockton went to the air and found wide receiver Adrian Eniquez for Forsan’s second touchdown. Post blocked the PAT attempt to make the score 13-0 with 4:14 left in the half. Forsan got the ball right back after a Post fumble on the ensuing kickoff, and Forsan kicked a 27-yard field goal in that drive to give Forsan a 16-0 lead. Post ended the first half with a sensational 28-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Will Fairbanks to Zach Courtney as time expired. Post failed to convert the 2-point conversion as Forsan intercepted a pass from Fairbanks. The Buffaloes came close to returning that interception and scoring two points of their own on that play, but junior Isaiah Crawford tracked down the Buffalo returner all the way to the 5-yard line to prevent any damage. Forsan scored one more time in the 3rd quarter with a 32-yard touchdown run from Nathan Hernandez to give Forsan the 22-6 lead.
Despite the loss, Post had a lot of wins on the field. The Antelopes outrushed Forsan with 249 total rushing yards in the game. The Antelope offense was more successful in putting together longer drives and staying on the field, and that was proven with 18 first downs in the game. The defense did not allow more than 9 points in each quarter, which was a huge improvement from Week 1 against Tolar. The defense also improved tremendously in preventing Forsan from converting on 3rd down, only allowing one conversion out of 13. However, the Antelopes still suffered from the turnover bug, losing three fumbles and throwing one interception. Post slightly improved in the penalty category, only committing seven penalties, but some of those penalties hurt Post’s ability to drive down the field on offense.
Senior Steven Huff and Crawford led the Antelopes in rushing, rushing for 94 yards and 69 yards respectively. Fairbanks went 4-8 passing, throwing for 62 yards and one touchdown and one interception. Courtney had one catch which was good for Post’s only touchdown, and Crawford had two catches for 25 yards. Senior Brody Molnoskey led the defense with 13 total tackles and one tackle for a loss, and junior Steve Gonzales finished behind him with 12 total tackles and four tackles for a loss.
Post will travel to Wildcat Stadium today to take on the Littlefield Wildcats at 7:30 pm. The Wildcats are undefeated so far this season with a 2-0 record. Littlefield so far has wins over Dimmitt and Denver City.