Win over Bobcats is highlight for Tigers
2015 was an up and down season for the Green Forest Tigers football team. The Tigers finished 3-7 overall and 2-5 in 3A-1, one game short of making the playoffs, but they did get a win over cross-county rival Berryville.
"We didn't want that to be the highlight of the season," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "We wanted to do a little better in conference and make playoffs but it was big for our seniors because they hadn't ever beaten those guys before."
The win over Berryville led the Tigers into conference play. Their first 3A-1 conference game was a trip to Marshall, a game which they won easily. The next game was a home game against Cedarville. This was a game many thought the Tigers would win, but it turned out to be a pivotal turning point in Green Forest's season.
"We should've won that Cedarville game," Bishop said. "When you turn the ball over six times, you won't win many football games, though."
Green Forest bounced back the following week and beat Yellville-Summit, but a homecoming game against Mountain View didn't go as planned.
"Those guys had a lot of guys hurt early in the year and a lot of those guys came back when we played them," Bishop said. "After that loss, we hit the meat of our schedule."
After losses to Greenland and West Fork, the Tigers traveled to Elkins needing a win to get into the playoffs. While they didn't get the win, Bishop is proud of the way the Tigers played.
"In that game, we played as hard as we had since the Berryville game," Bishop said. "Our kids fought and we were in it until the final minute."
The Tigers will lose eight seniors, including Carl Roberts, who led the team in rushing yards (1,071) and all-purpose yards (1,343), Dalton Anglin, who led the team in tackles (86) and Nathaniel Harp, who led the team in receiving yards (186).
"Carl did a good job as our leading rusher," Bishop said. "He took a severe beating in some games. Nathaniel was our big-play guy and has some great speed. I can't say enough about Dalton. He was the one guy who had to be out there on almost every play. Those are the kinds of kids you build a program around."
Other seniors who are graduating include Tristan Snyder (5 receptions for 50 yards), Trace DeLozier (45 tackles), Cole Chaney (28 tackles), Zach Grigg (14 tackles) and Baylor Deislinger (130 total yards).
"This was Tristan's first year to come out with us," Bishop said. "He made a big impact on the team. Zach and Cole are two big lineman up front who tried to do their best. Trace had some big years for this program and is one of those kids that always practiced hard and Baylor was probably the most versatile player for us. He started all 10 games for us and played anywhere we asked him to play."
Junior quarterback Cory Bryant completed 23 of 80 passes for 294 yards and two touchdowns. He also carried the ball 101 times for 648 times.