Tigers face 'big' challenge

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Green Forest Tigers have won 14 consecutive 3A-1 conference games. To extend that streak to 15, the Tigers will have to overcome a significant size disadvantage Friday against the Mountain View Yellow Jackets.

Green Forest Coach Jay Martin Martin said Mountain View has two lineman who weigh more than 300 pounds.

"We can't go bigger than them," Martin said. "We will probably go smaller, hopefully get up in their legs and clear a lane for the running back, and we can't let their running back get around us."

Martin said Mountain View (5-1, 2-1 3A-1) aren't just big. The Yellow Jackets also have some speed.

"The quarterback opened up the game last year by running 80 yards for a touchdown," Martin said. "Made us look very slow. They also have a running back who is just tough as nails. He runs hard and can cut on a dime, and our kids know that."

Offensively, Martin said the Tigers (3-3, 3-0) must continue to do what they do best, and that is running the football. He said he plans on running more sweep plays than usual because he has noticed the Yellow Jackets have had trouble stopping them.

"We got some speed that can give them some trouble out on the edge, so we have worked on that a little extra this week," Martin said. "We have also threw in a few wrinkles here and there, try and have a little fun -- see if we can distract them with some formations that we throw out there."

Kickoff at Mountain View is set for 7 p.m.

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