The Newest Big Rivalry
by Cowboy Parks
Rivalries are one of the best parts of six-man football and most fans know about the established rivalries. Gordon – Strawn, Ropes – Meadow, and Abbott – Aquilla have been going for decades. In most cases, these will be very competitive games regardless of which team is the favorite.
Over the last decade, a new rivalry has emerged. The series is currently at 5-5. It has been developing so quickly, the schools named the game and had a trophy made.
The 1st Annual Chisholm Trail Bowl between the Forestburg Longhorns and the Saint Jo Panthers was played in Forestburg on Friday October 20, 2017. The Longhorns entered the game as 45 point favorites, but Saint Jo proved this is a true rivalry.
Lead by Preston Lyons and Harper Roberts, Saint Jo struck first, and second, taking a 12-0 lead before the five minute mark in the first quarter. By early in the 2nd, they had extended their lead to 20-6. Unfortunately for the Panthers, Forestburg began a comeback run in the second quarter, and tied the game at 26 just 17 seconds into the third. From this point on it was a battle, but the Panthers were never able to regain the lead. Trailing 54-45, and less than a minute left in the game, Saint Jo turned the ball over on downs. The Longhorns were in scoring position, but showed sportsmanship and class by kneeling the ball and letting time expire.
Interesting stats and facts from the game
Forestburg’s Bear Osteen was a defensive monster with 22 tackles and 2 interceptions
Saint Jo’s Preston Lyons had a rushing touchdown, a receiving touchdown, and passed for two more
A Forestburg man was removed from the chain crew and escorted off the field for making unnecessary comments to the Saint Jo coaches.
Harper Roberts of Saint Jo had 5 solo tackles, 4 assists, a rushing touchdown, and 2 passing touchdowns
J.D. Moore was a key player for Forestburg with 8 carries for 190 yards and 5 touchdowns, completed 6 of 10 passes for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns, and 11 tackles.