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December 07th, 2021

turpin balko footballBalko-Forgan's Jaden Hall (1) escapes around the outside for a big gain during the Bulls 56-6 district win over the Turpin Cardinals, Friday night at Balko. Leader & Times photo/Jason EppJASON EPP • Leader & Times 


BALKO, Okla.—The fifth-ranked Balko-Forgan Bulls showed they were focused and ready to go a week after taking down then top-ranked Shattuck. The Bulls scored touchdowns on all five first quarter possessions and cruised to a mercy-rule 56-6 win over the Turpin Cardinals. 

“I’m satisfied with how we came out and responded after those two big games the two weeks before,” Bulls Co-Head Coach Nick Nichols said. “After what Turpin did to us last year, I just kept reminding them that this is a team capable of coming in here and beating you, so rise to the occasion. It was a fun night.” 

What Nichols was reminding his team of all week was Turpin’s 32-26 upset victory over the Bulls last season. 

And the Bulls responded in a big way. Balko-Forgan opened the game with a 9-play, 48-yard touchdown drive capped by a 9-yard touchdown run by Nathan Smith after a fourth down conversion kept the drive alive on the previous play. The two-point conversion gave the Bulls an 8-0 lead with 9:48 left in the first quarter. 

Turpin responded in kind with a scoring drive of their own. The Cardinals moved 54 yards on 8 plays to answer. Bryson Parker hit Javier Talamantes along the sideline over a pair of defenders for the touchdown. The two-point conversion failed and Turpin trailed 8-6 at the 6:37 mark of the first quarter. 

Balko-Forgan used just nine offensive plays total to score four touchdowns on their next four possessions. First, Jaden Hall hit Jordan McGowan in the flat and McGowan took it 80 yards for the touchdown. Next, it was a two-play drive capped by a 30-yard TD run from Hall. Hall ran in the next score on play three of the drive from two yards out, and Nathan Smith rushed in from 16 yards out on another 3-play drive to make the score 38-6 at the end of the first quarter. 

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Turpin’s first drive of the second quarter saw the Cardinals move down the field and have a first down at the Bulls’ 25. But a 4th and 6 pass fell incomplete and the ball was back in Balko-Forgan's possession. Turpin held Balko-Forgan to a 3-and-out, but an interception by Nathan Smith ended the Cardinals’ next drive in Bulls’ territory. 

Balko-Forgan made the Cardinals pay for their mistake with a 10-play, 72-yard touchdown drive capped by Hall’s one-yard TD pass to Adam Creason. Disaster struck for the Cardinals two plays later when Smith picked off his second pass, this time taking it in for a 44-yard pick six to put Balko-Forgan up 50-6 with 3:57 left in the first half. 

After a short kick, Turpin started their next drive in plus territory at the Bulls’ 40. The Cardinals moved deep into Balko-Forgan end of the field and had a first and goal at the 11. Parker took off on a designed scramble but was hit at the goal line and the ball was recovered in the endzone by the Bulls. After a lengthy discussion by the referees, the call stood and Balko-Forgan took over at their own 20-yard line. 

Turpin had possession to start the second half, but a fumble on the first play of scrimmage gave the ball back to Balko-Forgan at the Turpin 43. Eleven plays later, Chisum Freeman scored the game-ending touchdown on a 9-yard run with 5:02 left in the third. 

“We made way too many mistakes to beat a good team like that,” Turpin Head Coach Justin Hannah said. “We were going to have to play extremely well to have a chance to beat them, and we just made too many mistakes.” 

Balko-Forgan gained 417 yards of offense compared to Turpin’s 161. The Bulls gained 244 yards on the ground on 33 carries, and completed 9 of 12 passes for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns. Turpin was held to just 26 yards rushing on 13 carries, and completed 21 of 33 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown. Balko-Forgan had 23 first downs compared to 12 for Turpin. 

Balko-Forgan's Nathan Smith rushed 9 times for 117 yards and 2 TDs, caught one pass for 5 yards, and had two interceptions, one returned for a score. Jaden Hall was 8 of 11 passing for 164 yards and 2 TDs and rushed 7 times for 67 yards and 2 TDs. Jordan McGowan caught 2 passes for 114 yards and a TD. Mason Romjue caught three passes and Adam Creason caught two, including a touchdown. 

Turpin’s Aaron Resendiz caught 10 passes for 80 yards and added 16 more yards on five carries. Javier Talamantes caught three passes for 20 yards and a TD. Kaden Moses caught four passes and Eduardo Aguilar caught 3. Bryson Parker was 21-33 for 135 yards, a TD, and two interceptions. 

Defensively for the Cardinals Aaron Resendiz and John Epp each totaled five tackles to lead the team. Reid Hendrich, Kaden Moses, Bailey Boyd, and Eduardo Aguilar each had four. 

No.5 Balko-Forgan (7-1, 2-1) will travel to Seiling, who was ranked sixth in last week’s poll, Friday. 

“Every week we just want to go 1-0,” Nichols said. “Seiling likes to throw it around and we’ll have to be ready for the challenge.” 

Turpin (4-4, 1-2) will host No.1 Laverne (6-0, 3-0) Friday. 

“Our goal to make the playoffs is still in front of us,” Hannah said. “We’re going to have to win one or both of these district games we have left and that’s going to be a tough task.”

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