Tigers begin preparing for 2016 football season
The Green Forest Tigers are getting geared up for their big spring football game Monday evening. The Tigers are losing all their running backs from 2015 in Carl Roberts, Nathaniel Harp, Trace DeLozier and Dalton Anglin, but through two weeks of practice, coach Bobby Bishop likes what he is seeing from his young running backs.
"We have moved Kyle Allen from tight end to fullback," Bishop said. "He is having a good spring, on both sides of the ball. Rhett Powell, who was an outstanding running back for the junior high last year, will be battling with Paulo Bernal at tailback."
Toward the end of last year, the Tigers were struggling for depth. Bishop said it's important that the Tigers develop more players.
"Competition is what's good and last year toward the end of the year we got so low on numbers there wasn't much competition on our team," Bishop said. "In fact in the last game, we were down to our last five offensive linemen and right now we are working 20 guys on the offensive line so that's exciting."
Right now, Bishop said the Tigers have 52 players signed up. He hopes that number stays there.
"I did some recruiting over the wintertime," Bishop said. "Talked to some kids in the hallways so we started out real basic, learning how to get down in a stance, how to handle the football and catch the football."
For Bishop, this is an exciting time of the year.
"What spring ball is about is teaching," Bishop said. "I have no idea how we are going to be after seven practices. I sure like our numbers, though. We are having fun. I like our group. There is no stress. That's the nice thing about the spring. You don't have to worry about getting ready to play somebody else. You can just come out here and learn football, and start thinking about it again."