GF finishes spring with scrimmage

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Green Forest Tigers concluded its spring football practice with a scrimmage on Monday evening. Conditions weren't favorable, as it rained for a majority of the time, but coach Bobby Bishop didn't mind.

"I thought it went well," Bishop said. "We got wet early. We had some difficulties handling the ball, but that will be good for us. Overall, we got better as a result."

Bishop said that while the Tigers had trouble handling the ball, he was pleased to see his running backs and senior quarterback Cory Bryant run aggressively.

"Rhett Powell, as a sophomore did a good job running the football for us," Bishop said. "Kyle Allen, who we moved from tight end to fullback, had a good spring. He ran real hard. And of course Cory, we didn't throw the ball a whole lot with the rain, but I thought he did a good job running with the ball."

Even with the rain, the Tigers went ahead and played four quarters. Bishop saw some things that need improvement, but is optimistic heading into the summer.

"Tackling wasn't where we wanted it to be, but it's generally not in the spring," Bishop said. "That's not something we focus a ton of time on in the spring."

One person Bishop was pleased with during spring practice was Austin Pruitt.

"Austin is moving from linebacker to cornerback," Bishop said. "He has caught on real well and with his size it will be nice having him out there."

When Bishop was hired in June 2015, he said 16 or 17 players showed up for a meeting. There were 43 players at Monday night's scrimmage and 52 players are on the roster.

"We started the year with 25 or 26 kids on the roster last year and got up to 31," Bishop said. "We finished the year with 27. I feel pretty good about how we went out and recruited kids to play ball in the spring. I hope they will come back in August."

The coaching staff is giving the team the month of June off, but will get back to work in July.

"The weight room will be open in June and we will be there to supervise workouts," Bishop said. "They are encouraged to come in and workout, but after the fourth of July, we will get busy. That is when we will start having team camps in Berryville and Harrison."

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