Berryville, Green Forest duel in Carroll County Super Bowl
GREEN FOREST -- When two winless programs square off against each other, invariably one of them comes away with a much-needed win.
When those two teams are Carroll County rivals Berryville and Green Forest, more than just a win are on the line as bragging rights for a year and county supremecy are at stake.
Such is the case this Friday night when the Bobcats visit Tiger Country for the annual Carroll County Super Bowl.
"Our boys, they are ready to go," said Berryville junior running back Ethan Chapin following last Friday's 6-0 loss to Huntsville. "Learning from this game...we are ready. Green Forest is a very physical team from what I have seen. But if we play like we did tonight we should get them pretty good next Friday."
Berryville is looking to halt an 11-game slide following the season-opening setback. Green Forest has yet to cross the goal line in two games, scoring only a field goal in two outings.
The Tigers were held to 44 yards on the ground against Pea Ridge after accumulating 68 against Reeds Springs in the opener.
Berryville tallied 86 rushing yards against Huntsville but had trouble sustaining drives, turning the ball over five times, including twice on downs.
"We have to get our offense going," Berryville coach Eric Daniel said. "We played a good defensive game but couldn't move the ball."
Green Forest moved the ball well through the air behind junior quarterback Treyton Anderson against Reeds Spring, totaling 170 passing yards. But Anderson and the Tigers managed just 38 receiving yards against Pea Ridge.
Green Forest coach Jay Martin said the Tigers needed a win prior to having an open date next week.
"We have a dead week after the Super Bowl," he said. "Then we get back to playing our size schools. We have had some pretty stiff competition so far. If we could get a win this week it would make a difference in our attitude."
Chapin said the win would be more than just an emotional lift for the Bobcats.
"If we win next week, which we will, confidence level will go sky high for this team," Chapin said. "If we get that one win that's what we need. That's all we need to get it started for the rest of the season. We believe that. We saw it over the summer and in this game (against Huntsville)."
Chapin said the Bobcats are a different team than a year ago when the Tigers claimed a 35-0 win.
"I can't even tell you how far we have come," Chapin stated. "It's a whole different team...way better. We have better attitudes and there is more intensity in the game. We have improved a lot."
Green Forest currently holds the Carroll County Cup, the hardware associated with the annual affair. The Tigers wrestled it away last year after Berryville claimed the trophy with a 35-8 win in 2010. The teams played to a 6-6 time in 2009 after Berryville claimed wins in six of the previous eight seasons dating back to 2001.
Green Forest won twice from 2001-2010, a 20-12 win in 2007 and a 37-0 blanking in 2004.
Martin said the Tigers had to figure out how to run the ball to collect their first victory of the season.
"We have to establish our ground game," he said. "We have to finish drives. We have to be balanced offensively. This could be a defensive struggle and we have to find a way to get positive yards."