Tigers eager to start new streak
Green Forest isn't used to losing conference games. Going into last Friday's game against Mountain View, the Tigers had won 14 straight games in 3A-1. After a 40-34 loss to the Yellow Jackets, the Tigers hope to start a new streak Friday night against the Greenland Pirates.
Kickoff at Green Forest is scheduled for 7 p.m.
If they are to start another streak, Coach Jay Martin said his Tigers must refocus on what is going on in practice and improve their execution.
"We have to do a better job at what we are doing," Martin said. "They are getting done what they need to get done, but that's the problem. They need to take pride in it, but when you are going up against the same guy in practice since August, they get kind of tired."
Green Forest (3-4, 3-1, 3A-1) comes into this game averaging more than 300 yards rushing a game. Martin feels comfortable with the Tigers' offense and is confident it will continue to get better as the season progresses.
The Tigers' offense is led by sophomore quarterback Cory Bryant, who has rushed for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.
"Offensively I think the kids know they can score, and they know they can score on anybody," Martin said. "We are adding more and more on Cory Bryant's plate each week and each week I see a little more confidence in his passing game, but when you have a football team averaging 300 yards a game on the ground, you just can't stray too far away from that, or that's just not intelligent as a coach."
Greenland's offensive style will differ greatly from Green Forest's. The Pirates (5-2, 3-1) will come out in a Spread-style offense, and show Green Forest something it hasn't seen yet.
"We haven't seen anyone throw the ball like Greenland has," Martin said. "It will be a challenge right there, but what we can't fall asleep with is their running game. They want to get you spread out to run it, but they are really efficient with the passing game."
The Green Forest eighth-grade team will make up a game against Mountain home at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Green Forest.