Tigers seek first win in conference opener

Friday, September 26, 2014

Neither the Green Forest Tigers nor the Marshall Bobcats have won a football game this season. That will change Friday night.

Marshall (0-2-1) will visit Green Forest (0-3) in the conference opener for both teams.

Green Forest is coming off a 36-34 loss to Berryville in the Carroll County Super Bowl.

Last season, Green Forest won 49-0 at Marshall to start a nine-game winning streak after a 1-2 start. Marshall went on to finish 1-9.

Tigers Coach Jay Martin said last year's result is no reason to feel confident heading into Friday night's game.

"This is a tough game for us," Martin said. "We, as coaches, feel like this game after the Super Bowl is the most important game of the season. It is the first conference game and if we get one win, it can lead in to some big wins."

Martin said his team will have to look past its size disadvantage and stop Marshall's big running backs.

"One of them, we call the speed guy (Tyler Magness) and one of them the big guy (Kendrick Campbell) -- he tends to try and run over you," Martin said.

Martin said if his team isn't paying attention, Marshall's passing game could hurt the Tigers as well.

"If you aren't very disciplined and you don't stay home, you might wake up and the tight end is 10 yards behind you," Martin said. "We think their passing game is very efficient and the quarterback has a very good arm."

Despite the 0-3 start, Martin believes that if the Tigers continue to improve over the next seven weeks they will be in position for a playoff run.

"We are going to keep on coaching them up and working them," Martin said. "I got a feeling that by the time we get to week 10 they are going to be a whole lot better than they were in week 1."

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