FOREST CITY — The Forest City football team’s defense was up to the challenge against a ranked Clear Lake team Friday night on its home field. But, as has been the problem for the Indians at times this season, the offense wasn’t able to do enough to bridge the gap as the Lions walked away with a 29-0 victory.
“We made some mistakes early, got ourselves in a little bit of a hole,” Forest City coach Chad Moore said. “That’s been kind of our arch nemesis is the big play in crucial situations and we feel position dictated in what we were able to do and not do.”
Clear Lake burst out to a 14-0 lead after a quarter on a touchdown pass from Jaylen DeVries to Drew Enke and a TD run by Nick Danielson.
The Lions added eight more points on an Alex Snelling one-yard touchdown run, plus a 2-point conversion, in the second quarter to take a 22-0 lead into half. They iced the game away in the fourth when DeVries connected with Zach Lester on a 63-yard touchdown pass to secure the victory.
Forest City’s defense tried to make it a contest throughout.
The Indians forced three turnovers on the evening. Micah Lambert had a fumble recovery in the first quarter, Sam Snyder picked off a DeVries pass in the second quarter, and finally, Snyder picked up one more turnover in the fourth after a sack forced a DeVries fumble that Snyder jumped on top of.
“I thought he’s just really come along in these last two weeks,” Moore said of Snyder. “We really like Sam as a football player, he’s a really great kid, he’s believing in the process, he’s moving forward and he just continues to get better and he made some plays tonight I thought he really stepped up.”
Jaxon Jones and Snyder led the Indians’ defense with seven total tackles apiece, Wyatt Steffensen had 6 1/2, and Blaze Andersen had six total tackles, including one sack. Also, Tony Thomas finished with two sacks of his own.
It was the offense that would never quite get going, though.
Quarterback Luke Johnson finished the game 13 for 24 for 88 yards and two interceptions.
Anderson hauled in four passes for 44 yards and Snyder had three catches for 29 yards.
The Indians had one total yard on the ground.
The loss moved Forest City to 0-5 overall and 0-3 in district play. The Indians host Osage this Friday.
-- Leah Vann contributed to this article