Disappointing homecoming for Tigers

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

GREEN FOREST -- Mountain View running back Chris Konkler ruined Green Forest's homecoming Friday evening. Konkler rushed for 192 yards and four touchdowns. He also had an interception in the 32-7 Mountain View victory.

"Their backs did a great job," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "That kid (Konkler) ran the ball hard. They blocked and we didn't tackle very well."

The game started great for the Tigers. After forcing a punt, Green Forest got the ball at its own 33-yard line. The Tigers had a 10-play, 67 yard drive that ended with a Cory Bryant touchdown run from 24 yards out. Edson Merida's extra point gave the Tigers a 7-0 lead with 2:31 left in the first quarter.

"I thought we started out pretty good," Bishop said. "That drive there on offense and the first couple of series on defense. We didn't do a bad job, forced a couple punts."

The Yellowjackets were forced to punt again, but a Green Forest fumble as the quarter expired gave the ball back to Mountain View. The Yellowjackets took advantage of the Green Forest turnover. Konkler ended the nine-play drive with six consecutive carries for 30 yards. The two-point conversion failed. Forced to punt from its own 46, Green Forest's Cory Bryant punted the ball to the Mountain View 25 with 4:33 remaining. Runs by Steven Gilbert and quarterback Buddy Craig advanced the ball to the Tiger 28 with 38 seconds remaining in the half. On the next play, Craig passed it to Gilbert for a 23-yard completion. Konkler scored the touchdown from 5 yards out with six seconds remaining. The two-point conversion failed.

"Once we turned the football over on the fumble, it seems like it kind of took the wind out of sails," Bishop said. "I didn't feel like our kids played very hard after that."

Mountain View received the ball to start the second half. On a third-and-two, Konkler scored on a 45-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed, giving the Yellowjackets an 18-7 lead with 8:51 left in the third quarter.

After the two teams exchanged punts, the Tigers were moving downfield as the third quarter came to a close. An interception on third-and-14 from the Mountain View 31 ended the Tiger drive. Konkler ran for another touchdown, this time from 52 yards out. Mountain View's two-point conversion was no good, giving the Yellowjackets a 24-7 lead. Another Green Forest interception gave the Yellowjackets the ball at the Tiger 35. Craig scored the final Mountain View touchdown. He ran it in from 25 yards out. Jacob McDaniel converted the two-point conversion.

"Mountain View's coaching staff did a good job game planning for us," Bishop said. "They got the kids to believe that they could beat us, and that is what happened."

Friday night's loss was a difficult one, but Bishop is keeping everything in perspective.

"It's not the end of the world," Bishop said. "It's just another loss on our schedule. We are still in the playoff hunt. I don't like talking about the playoffs in the middle of the season, but if we play like that it's going to be tough for us to win another ballgame."

The Tigers (3-4, 2-2 3A-1) will try to get back on the winning track at 7 p.m. Friday when they travel to Greenland (7-0, 4-0).

Green Forest's Cory Bryant had nine carries on 67 yards rushing and a touchdown while Carl Roberts had 15 carries on 64 yards. Creel Roberts had seven tackles and Dalton Anglin had five. Zach Grigg and Jose Hernandez each had four.

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