Playing the numbers game

Friday, July 26, 2013
Green Forest's Cody Delozier breaks free for a long gain against Huntsville at Thursday's team camp. (Chan Davis / Carroll County News)

HUNTSVILLE -- Green Forest coach Jay Martin just wants to see all of his players at practice.

Martin and the Tigers have been hampered by low numbers all spring and summer. And with the final team camp of the season behind them and week off to prepare for fall drills, getting everyone on board and healthy will be vital to the success of the program.

"I am not going to lie, it is frustrating when we are getting ready to go and we have guys that are not where they need to be," Martin said after Thursday's final team camp in Huntsville. "We have some that we know exactly where they are, at church camps and such. And we have some injuries. And some of these guys have ben here every week. But some we haven't seen all year and haven't heard from them."

Even with the absences, Martin was pleased with what he did see Thursday, even with starting senior quarterback Treyton Anderson sustaining a minor injury.

"I thought we looked better today than we have looked all summer," Martin said. "We got a little fatigued towards the end and Treyton hurt his back a little when he got rolled up on a tackle on the second series. That sort of limited what we wanted to do"

Even with the minor injury, Martin said Anderson was on target.

"I thought Treyton threw the ball really well," he said. "I think we had a couple of drops in the first series that could have been scores. But we are getting there. I think he threw the ball better than last week."

Martin said the defense was a bright spot for the Tigers.

"I thought Dalton Ewing played outstanding defense today," he said. I thought he played well on offense and defense. It was one of the better games I have seen him play this summer."

Matin said the Tigers will continue to work toward their goal of winning a 1-3A Conference crown. But it's going to take the full roster to accomplish that goal.

"We need everybody there," he said. "There is no doubt about it. That's what I was telling them today. We can't win without practicing. We know our numbers aren't going to be high. We will probably have between 25-30 guys out. But with the guys we have, we have to have everybody there getting better. If everyone will get here and get better I am seeing things that tells me we are going to be all right."

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