Two-game slide puts Green Forest in a jam

Friday, October 31, 2014

The Green Forest Tigers find themselves in an unusual position.

The Tigers have lost back-to-back conference games for the first time since the beginning of the 2012 conference season. After those consecutive losses, the Tigers went on a tear -- winning 14 straight conference games. Green Forest Coach Jay Martin hopes the same thing will happen this time. The Tigers have locked up a playoff spot, but after losing two conference games, their first-round opponent won't be easy.

"Unless we can work our way up the rankings, we are going to go in the playoffs playing a top-notch team right off the bat," Martin said.

Green Forest (3-5, 3-2, 3A-1) has a chance to not only make its way up the rankings, but make a statement Friday night when the Tigers travel to West Fork (7-1, 5-0). Martin said West Fork builds its team around defense and has a lot of team speed along the defensive line.

"They are really good at read and react," Martin said. "You think you might have them blocked, but then they get off and they are fast enough to get to the football."

Green Forest has given up 25 or more points in six games this season. They only allowed that many points three times in 13 games last year. Martin said Green Forest's Achilles heel has been not being able to tackle this season and with a team like West Fork, that weakness will be tested.

"They have a great sweep game and we have had trouble with the cutback all year," Martin said. "Just tackling drill after tackling drill this week. They aren't real big, but with overall speed, they are probably one of the fastest teams we have seen. They are just real fundamentally sound."

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