After a week-long delay of the Class 2A playoffs, the Foreman Gators went back to work Friday, defeating the Salem Greyhounds, 41-14, to advance to the Class 2A state championship.
"The kids did a great job of staying focused after everything that happened last week," Foreman head coach Mark King said. "We came out and started fast. Our defense got a stop and our offense scored on four of our six first half possessions."
Despite being eliminated by Earle on Nov. 24, Salem advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in school history after Earle self-reported an ineligible player that resulted in the Bulldogs forfeiting their playoff wins.
Given a rare second chance, Salem appeared outmatched by Foreman for most of the game, trailing the Gators, 28-7 at halftime and adding a second score late. Junior running back Kyren Batey led the Gators with 15 carries for 145 yards and three touchdowns in the win.
"Our defense was lights out, allowing just one touchdown in the first half," King said. "Our offense had 428 yards on the night and our first-team defense only gave up 168 yards. Overall, I was very pleased with our total effort."
Foreman faces off against Class 7-2A rival Mount Ida in the Class 2A state championship game Friday at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Mount Ida won the Week Seven match-up, 36-7.
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