Tigers lose another tough game at home

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

GREEN FOREST -- Two firsts occurred Friday night in Green Forest. Trace DeLozier scored his first touchdown for Green Forest since his eighth-grade year, but most importantly, Green Forest finished a season winless at home for the first time since 2011 after a 38-12 West Fork victory.

"It was one of those situations where we ran into a team that was better than us, and in this ol' game that is what you see sometimes," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said.

After Green Forest was forced to punt on its first possession, West Fork took control at its own 30. On West Fork's third play from scrimmage, Brayden Burnett broke loose for a 67-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion made it 8-0 midway through the first quarter.

Consecutive Green Forest punts pinned West Fork at its own 11. West Fork went on a 13-play drive, which ended with a 1-yard touchdown run by Burnett on fourth and goal. The two-point conversion made it 16-0 minutes into the second quarter.

"That No. 20 (Burnett) is a really nice running back," Bishop said. "He is a heck of a football player."

Another Green Forest punt gave West Fork the ball at its own 30. This time, Dalton Dickinson scored from 11 yards out. A two-point conversion made it 24-0.

A three-and-out gave West Fork the ball at the Green Forest 41 and a 20-yard pass from Colton Wise to Taylor Poplin put West Fork up 30-0 at halftime.

"Our guys, we just missed some tackles tonight," Bishop said. "Their heads got down and we never recovered, but it's something our young guys can learn from."

Burnett scored one more touchdown on the opening possession of the third quarter. The two-point conversion made it 38-0.

With the sportsmanship rule in effect, Green Forest answered on its next possession. Green Forest drove 55 yards in 13 plays. A 1-yard run up the middle by Baylor Deislinger gave Green Forest its first points of the night. The extra point failed. After a fourth-down snap went over the head of the West Fork punter, Green Forest was 5 yards away from the end zone and DeLozier plowed in for the touchdown.

"I was proud of my guys for not quitting tonight," Bishop said. "They hung tough."

In order to make playoffs, Green Forest must win Friday night at Elkins. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

"They are one of the better teams in the league, have been throughout the season," Bishop said. "So I expect them to play good football. We go on the road for the last game of the season and it will be a tough atmosphere down there."

Carl Roberts had 40 yards on 11 carries and Deislinger had 35 yards on three carries, along with a touchdown. Creel Roberts had nine tackles while Cory Bryant, Dalton Anglin and Jose Hernadez each had seven.

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