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Balko-Forgan Bison Football Preview – Presented by Balko-Forgan Booster Club



2021 – 13-2 

2020 – 8-6 

2019 – 3-6 

2018 – 0-5 

2017 – 1-8 

2016 – 1-7 

2015 – 2-7 

2014 – 9-3 


In 2021 the Bison had a fantastic season that ended in a tough loss to Laverne in the Class B championship game. Four starters return on offense for the Bison who look to take another shot at the title in 2022. “We have ten seniors on the team returning,” the coaches said. “This senior class has worked extremely hard in the weight room and we’re excited for the chance to make another run.” Leading the offensive surge this year is quarterback Nathan Smith (5-9, 165, Sr.). Last season he accounted for 15 total touchdowns and over 1,000 yards from the line of scrimmage. Smith is a do-it-all player on both sides of the ball. This will be his first year starting at quarterback, but his experience and composure should suit him well in his new role on offense. Jordan McGowan (6-0, 161, Sr.) will be the top receiving option for Smith as he works his way into the offense. McGowan is one of the best overall athletes in the state. Last season he had 52 receptions, 1,394 yards, and 24 touchdowns while also being a menace on defense. He is currently receiving interest from D-1 programs including Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, and UTSA. 


The Bison return three starters to their 4-2 diamond defense. Opponents will be seeing a lot of Smith and McGowan who start and excel offensively and defensively. Smith had 172 tackles, eight sacks, five fumble recoveries, and five interceptions at linebacker in 2021. Although his workload significantly increases this year, don’t expect his defensive contributions to diminish. Last year at safety McGowan had 130 tackles, four forced fumbles, and four interceptions. He also managed a few scores on special teams. Payton Konkel (5-9, 165, Sr.) is a dynamic defensive back and had 140 tackles and two interceptions last season. Defensive end Chisum Freeman (6-1, 155, Sr.) uses his speed and quick first step to bring pressure and collapse the pocket. In 2021 he had 101 tackles and 11.5 sacks. The Bison have skill across the board on both sides of the ball and look to make a deep playoff run again in 2022. 


8-26 – at Waynoka 

9-9 – vs. Tyrone 

9-16 – at Boise City 

9-23 – vs. Kremlin-Hillsdale 

9-30 – vs. Cherokee 

10-7 – vs. Shattuck 

10-13 – at Turpin 

10-21 – vs. Hollis 

10-28 – at Beaver 

11-4 – at Laverne

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