Jr. Tigers fall 28-12 to Panthers
GREEN FOREST -- "They outplayed us, outhustled us, and outcoached us," Coach Jay Martin said about his team's 28-12 loss to the Yellville-Summit Junior Panthers on Thursday.
"We couldn't put the ball in the end zone. We'd have a penalty, or a bad snap," Coach Martin said. "Yellville played real hard, executed their system better than we did."
Green Forest (4-4, 3-2) scored first when quarterback Tanner Marr hit Brian Badley for six in the first quarter. The point after failed, then Yellville started a drive that lasted into the second quarter.
The Tiger defense finally forced a turnover on downs, but a Green Forest fumble set Yellville up for their first score of the night.
Junior Panther Cody Capps broke loose and burned the Tiger defense on a 45-yard dash with 1:57 to go in the half to tie it at 6-6 after the PAT failed.
Yellville got the ball back on an onside kick and scored again with 15 seconds to play on a 35-yard pass that just cleared a short Tiger defensive back, dropping into the arms of a taller Panther.
The PAT was good and Yellville led 14-6, but the half wasn't over. Green Forest fell on an onside kick, and from mid-field quarterback Jeffrey Adams found Tanner Marr for a 50-yard pass and run for six to make it 14-12 as the halftime clock ran out.
"Jeffrey did a good job on that touchdown pass," Coach Martin said. "He read the defense, saw the free safety cheating over to cover Badley, and found Tanner inside. It was a good throw, catch and run."
Yellville ran the second half opening kickoff back to make it 22-12, then scored again in the fourth quarter for the final 28-12 mark.
Coach Martin has three quarterbacks that he uses, depending on what they need.
"Each quarterback can run the system by themselves and each has things they can do to help the team," Martin said. "Badley is our shotgun quarterback, but all three can throw the football.
"Yellville keyed on Badley, so we let some other people get snaps. Cole Newberry, our fullback, went in at defensive tackle the second half and played hard. He put some pressure on Yellville's quarterback.
"Kyle McKelvey put on some pressure at defensive tackle, and Ramsey Walker played well on the offensive and defensive line," Martin said, adding, "Gustin Byers did a good job at guard on the offensive line."
Coach Ryan Whetman's squad lost 22-0, but he reported some good runs by Kevin Jiminez and Treyton Anderson. Anderson also had an interception, and Oscar Siliezar recovered a fumble.
It was just 6-0 at the half, but Coach Whetham said they got the ball inside the 15 and couldn't punch it in. "We didn't block well.
"Our backs ran hard and hit the holes created. Our defensive ends, Devon Taylor and Eric Perez, did a better job," Whetham noted.