Tigers to take on shaken up Mountain View
Six weeks into the regular season, teams begin to get banged up. Nobody knows this better than the Mountain View Yellowjackets, who will travel to Tiger Stadium Friday night to take on the Green Forest Tigers. All-state running back Josh Burns has been injured since week two, along with many other key players. Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop is unsure if these players will be cleared to play by Friday night, but he is preparing his team as though they will be in the lineup.
"I talked to their coach today and he said they were pretty banged up," Bishop said. "But with, or without those guys, they are going to come out and do the same stuff so we have to be ready."
Bishop said he expects the Yellowjackets to come out in a formation the Tigers should be familiar with.
"They are a power-I team much like us," Bishop said. "They will break out into some different sets like we do, but their basic offense is a power-I, so it should look familiar to us. It is just a matter of playing sound, fundamental defense."
The Tigers hope to control the ball offensively, but Bishop also hopes to be able to give his quarterback, Cory Bryant, some confidence by throwing the football a few times.
"I called two passes Friday night," Bishop said. "I had gone into that game thinking we would throw it 10 or 15 times, but when the power game is working so well, it's hard to go away from it. When your getting 10, or 15 yards a pop, it's hard to get away from it."
Even with the win Friday night, Bishop was sure to show his team things it must improve on moving forward.
"We spent a whole lot of time looking at ourselves yesterday," Bishop said. "We played a lot better this Friday than we did the week before and we showed them the good things, but mixed in the bad things that we have to clean up."
The thing Bishop hoped to see the Tigers improve on most throughout the last week was downfield blocking with his skill position players. He said he has seen an improvement, but there is still improvement to be made.
"We got better at it," Bishop said. "It showed up on film. We were getting a lot more guys on the second and third level of the defense and that is what we want. Now are we good at it? No, but we are better at it than we were a week ago."
Green Forest (3-3, 2-1 3A-1) hosts Mountain View (2-4, 0-3) Friday night for homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. and homecoming festivities will start at 6:35 p.m.