Moments after his team completed the second-largest state championship blowout in boys basketball in the last 40 years, Forgan coach Todd Kerr wasn't quite ready to quantify the sum of what the Bulldogs have accomplished this year.
“I can't,” Kerr said, shaking his head. “Over the last two years, what I've been able to experience is just unbelievable. I'm just truly a blessed man.”
A 29-1 season ended Saturday with a 73-39 win over No. 2 Arnett in the Class B championship game at State Fair Arena, raising the question: Does this team belong in the conversation among the state's best small-school basketball teams of all-time?
Here are the facts and figures of what the two-time champion Bulldogs did this year:
— Among teams below Class 4A, only two — Class A No. 1 Cheyenne and Saturday's opponent, Arnett — played them closer than 20 points. Almost all of the others were decided by 30 or more.
— In seven playoff games, the Bulldogs won by an average of 39 points, the largest a 70-point win and the smallest a 28-point semifinal decision over Lomega.
But Forgan's dominance over Class A and B schools is a small part of the story.
At the Tournament of Champions in December, Forgan defeated Class 5A McGuinness, now ranked third, and Class 4A's current No. 5 Vinita by 12 points. Both teams were area champions in their classifications.
The only blemish on the Bulldogs' 29-1 record was a 13-point defeat to Tulsa Union, Class 6A's undefeated No. 1 team.
So, do they deserve to be in the conversation of the state's best small-school teams ever?
Bulldog folks weren't touching that one.
“It's hard for me to say that, and I'd like to have that. But it's not up to me to prove that or not,” said senior Ryan Radcliff, who scored 29 points Saturday. “By the scores, and the way we won, I think it shows we were the best team this year.”
Here are a few other teams to consider on the list of small-school greats:
— In 1978, New Lima won Class B and took the crown over the big schools at the Tournament of Champions.
— The 1940 Nuyaka squad won the Class C title and beat the largest state champion, Ada in Class A, in a showcase game after the season.
— Other teams in the conversation would be the 1974 Deer Creek-Edmond squad, Stringtown's 2007 team and Hammon in 1992 with brothers Ryan and Damon Minor.
And there are a few other teams that surely have a claim to a spot on the list.
Is Forgan better than that list of teams? Maybe not. But the Bulldogs' season of accomplishments certainly are of the same variety.
Forgan was dominant from the start Saturday, jumping to a 28-13 advantage early in the second quarter. The lead peaked at 40 points with a few minutes to play, and outside of Douglass' 35-point win over McGuinness in 2010, the final difference of 34 was the largest championship deficit since 1968.
Junior Jake Regier had 14 points and Rhett Radcliff had 10 to cap off back-to-back titles for the Bulldogs.
Their coach, of course, wasn't interested in campaigning for his team's place in state history.
“I'll let everyone else debate that,” Kerr said with a laugh. “We're just happy to be the best team in Class B for this year. The rest of that is just fun talk, and somebody else can do that.”