Forest Falls In 2A Title Game

Xzadrian Shelley rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown and Baldwyn won its first state title with a 35-26 win over previously unbeaten Forest in the Class 2A state championship game on Saturday.
Baldwyn (14-1) took advantage of nine Forest (14-1) turnovers, including six in the first half that helped it take a 21-6 lead at halftime.
Baldwyn jumped to a quick 14-0 lead in the first quarter after Shelley scored on a 3-yard run and Junior Beene returned a fumble 42 yards for another score.
Tanner Gaines' 21-yard touchdown pass to Dorian Berry pushed Baldwyn's lead to 28-6 early in the third quarter before Forest staged a second-half rally.
Lavadius Lyles ran for touchdowns of 2 and 6 yards to help Forest pull within 28-20 with 11:14 left in the game. But Baldwyn then put together a 15-play drive that consumed 9:15 and ended on Gaines' 1-yard dive to put the game out of reach.
Lyles finished with 358 total yards and four touchdowns, but also threw six interceptions.


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