Tigers look to extend season
As the season comes to a close Friday night, Green Forest finds itself in desperate need of a victory if it wants to make playoffs. After an injury-plagued Wednesday morning practice, this will be a difficult task to accomplish.
"We had three throughout the day who said they needed to go see the doctor so we are down to our last lineman," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said.
While Bishop doesn't deny those three starters will be missed, Bishop said he has plenty of confidence in their backups.
"All the kids backing them up have had varsity action," Bishop said. "They have actually started games so it's not that they are totally inexperienced, it's just that we are going to have to back them up with two or three freshmen that haven't been in there."
Elkins (4-5, 4-2 3A-1) has been shut out the past two weeks against West Fork and Greenland, but Bishop said despite the shutouts, the Elks' offense will be ready to play.
"Elkins is big," Bishop said. "They got some big monsters up front who play on the offensive and defensive line. They have had injury issues, too, but they are a good football team or they wouldn't have won four games in our conference."
One of those injuries was at the quarterback position earlier this year.
"No. 34 (Jake Strode) is not a very polished quarterback, but he is a good athlete and good player," Bishop said.
For Green Forest to get the win against Elkins, Bishop said the Tigers must tackle better than they have the last two weeks and move the football.
"We are going to have a hard time moving their big defensive lineman," Bishop said. "Our backs are going to have to run a little tougher and see the holes better. Defensively, we are going to have to hit some people and that's something we haven't done the last two weeks."
Even with a win, the Tigers (3-6, 2-4) must hope for a Cedarville loss against Mountain View, as Cedarville holds a tiebreaker advantage over Green Forest. If the Tigers lose, they can still get in with a Cedarville loss and if Marshall beats Yellville-Summit by seven points or more.
"It's one of those deals where we need to just focus on winning a ballgame," Bishop said. "That's what we are trying to do."
Green Forest travels to Elkins on Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.