Forsyth football

Cyrus Ketchersid finds plenty of running room on a 34-yard touchdown in the first quarter of Forsyth's loss to Lighthouse Christian on Friday night.

SPRINGFIELD – Forsyth High School’s quest for its first football victory of the season fell victim to a series of “too much” and “too many” moments on Friday night at Glendale High School.

Too much Lighthouse Christian Academy offense.

Too much from Chargers quarterback Colby Fields.

Too many mental mistakes.

Too many game-changing big plays from Lighthouse Christian.

It all added up to a 54-19 Lighthouse Christian victory, and left Forsyth coach Tommie Anderson searching for answers.

“The brutal thing is – I could accept if they beat us with what we were trying to give them with our game plan,” Anderson said. “But we played four people deep and still got the ball thrown over our heads consistently.

“Blown assignments, we’re not maintaining our zones, too much freelancing. Very frustrating.”

The Chargers (2-0) victimized the Forsyth defense with some video game-like numbers.

Quarterback Colby Fields completed 24-of-32 passes for 449 yards and four touchdowns. He had 281 passing yards in the first half and led the Chargers to 46 consecutive points after Forsyth took a short-lived 13-8 lead in the first quarter.

Fields hit Trey Bess with a 12-yard TD to give the Chargers the lead for good, then in the second quarter found Gavin Bess from 6 yards out, Jonah Winston from 35 yards out and Jesus Tucker from 1 yard out just before the half for a 38-13 lead.

Gavin Bess scored from 3 and 7 yards out in the third quarter to trigger the running clock.

Lighthouse Christian lined up in five-receiver spread sets the entire game and had three receivers finish with more than 100 yards through the air. Braeden Matthews had seven receptions for 161 yards, Winston had five catches for 110 yards and Tucker caught six passes for 108 yards.

“A couple of the deep passes early, we had good coverage, but we don’t turn around to find the ball,” Anderson said. “The entire sideline is screaming, ‘Ball!’ and we don’t turn around to look. 

“Then as the game wore on, people started pressing and making bad choices about maintaining what they were supposed to do. As soon as somebody leaves the zone, they will exploit it.”

After spotting Lighthouse Christian an early 8-0 lead, Forsyth struck for a pair of touchdowns sandwiched around a fumble recovery by Matthew Vrionis, that ended a promising Chargers’ drive.

Cyrus Ketchersid, who was one of three quarterbacks to see action for Forsyth on the night, ran right up the middle untouched for a 34-yard touchdown midway through the first quarter.

After the Lighthouse Christian turnover, Dawson Deroo hooked up with Darrien Woods for a 53-yard pass play down the right sideline, for a first-and-goal at the Chargers’ 5. The two connected again on the next play for a touchdown.

“In the first half, we had a good stretch where I felt like we played together,” Anderson said. “We did our responsibilities, we played physical, and things looked good. I don’t know what it is, but at some point mentally, we start making mistakes … if I knew (what it was), I would fix it.”

Forsyth's final score came early in the fourth quarter, when Deroo hit Billy Tate with a 7-yard TD pass.

Deroo finished 10-of-20 passing for 159 yards, and he added 67 yards rushing.

Now Forsyth will take on something of a mystery opponent. Greenfield is moving back from eight-man football to 11-man football this season. The Wildcats opened at Liberal, then defeated Osceola, 80-20, in an eight-man game at Osceola on Friday. Friday’s game against Forsyth will be Greenfield’s home opener.

“We have to try to be more consistent with our stretches,” Anderson said. “At times tonight, we were really good, and at times, we were really, really bad. Any time that’s as good as them, if you’re really bad, they’re going to score.”

In other Tri-Lakes area games on Friday night, Reeds Spring remained unbeaten with a dominant 28-0 victory at Seneca, while Branson suffered a 20-7 home loss to Neosho and Hollister dropped a 51-6 decision at powerhouse Lamar.


First quarter

LC: Gavin Bess 4 run (Bess pass from Colby Fields)

F: Cyrus Ketchersid 34 run (Johnny Mayhew kick)

F: Darrien Woods 5 pass from Dawson Deroo (kick failed)

LC: Trey Bess 12 pass from Fields (Trey Bess pass from Fields)

Second quarter

LC: Gavin Bess 6 pass from Fields (run failed)

LC: Jonah Winston 35 pass from Fields (Fields run)

LC: Jesus Tucker 1 pass from Fields (Gavin Bess pass from Fields)

Third quarter

LC: Gavin Bess 3 run (Tucker pass from Fields)

LC: Gavin Bess 7 run (Trey Bess pass from Fields)               

Fourth quarter

F: Billy Tate 7 pass from Deroo (pass failed)

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