CLARION — It’s been a struggle for Forest City this season just to get one victory onto its resume, and on Friday at Clarion-Goldfield-Dows/CAL, the Indians’ defense kept them close enough to do so. It was just one play – a safety in the second quarter – that ultimately spelled their doom in an 8-7 loss to the Cowboys.

After the safety, the Indians rallied back to take their first lead of the game in the third quarter when Luke Johnson hit Sam Snyder on a 20-yard touchdown pass to give Forest City a 7-2 lead.

CGD/CAL answered nearly three minutes later when Reymundo Vasquez rushed in from a yard out to give the Cowboys an 8-7 lead, which they would maintain throughout the remainder of the game.

Johnson finished 14-for-30 passing with one touchdown and one interception. Micah Lambert led the Indians’ receiving group with four receptions for 71 yards, blaze Andersen had three catches for 29 yards, and Jordan Spooner had two for 26.

Ryan Saarie had nine carries for 56 yards to lead the Indians’ ground game.

Defensively, Snyder finished with eight total tackles, including 1 1/2 for a loss, Chris Jermeland recorded 7 1/2, and Spenser Larson had six.

Forest City (0-8, 0-6) closes its season out with a game at home vs. Crestwood next Friday while CGD/CAL (1-7, 1-5) is at Hampton-Dumont.