Martin: Tigers must handle emotions of rivalry game

Friday, September 19, 2014
Green Forest's Carl Roberts carries the ball on a running play in last week's game against Pea Ridge. (Trevor Tegley photo)

Green Forest brings an 0-2 record into Friday's Carroll County Super Bowl, and Tigers Coach Jay Martin said the team will have to make some mental adjustments to be successful against archrival Berryville.

"This will probably be one of the biggest crowds they play in all year," Martin said. "And handling all of that emotion -- especially for your young guys -- is a big part of it. Right now we are still waiting to see if they are going to come out with the emotion to win the football game. That's not my decision, that's their decision."

Martin said he believes he has a good idea what to expect from Berryville. Defensively, Martin expects Berryville to load the box in hopes of stopping the run and forcing the Tigers to try throwing the ball. On the other side of the ball, he expects the Bobcats' offensive line to test his defense's physicality.

"Their offensive line won't be the biggest we have seen this year, but they are coming off the ball and they are playing hard," Martin said. "If we don't match their intensity, then they will have a good night. If we do match their intensity, then the Tigers will come out where we want to be."

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