Enough talking, Bobcats and Tigers take the field Friday

Friday, September 2, 2016

It's a new face, but many things remain the same. As the Green Forest Tigers travel to Huntsville on Friday, it will be the first time in 45 years Huntsville's Tommy Tice won't be on the sidelines during a football game. His replacement, Randy Barnhill, was the offensive line coach for Huntsville last year. Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop expects to see a change in philosophy on defense, but for the Eagles to remain the same in many other areas.

"They have changed defenses," Bishop said. "Personnel-wise, a lot of things are the same. They are going to play option football. I don't expect them to throw a whole lot, but they are capable of it."

Bishop said he has been preparing the Tigers to face as many as three quarterbacks on Friday.

"I think they have probably settled in on one, maybe two guys," Bishop said. "It just depends on what they want to do. One is a better runner, the other is a better passer and has a stronger arm."

Bishop expects Huntsville to be a strong, aggressive football team. He hopes the Tigers will be able to match that intensity.

"They are going to be big and physical," Bishop said. "I expect them to come out and get after us. They have big backs and linebackers and our kids are going to have to respond and get after it. It's all about blocking, tackling and creating turnovers."

The Tigers have suffered a few injuries in practice this week, forcing a few players to step up and play key roles who normally wouldn't, but Bishop expects them to be ready to play come Friday night.

"We are getting our sophomores ironed out on what to do," Bishop said. "At certain positions we feel good at other positions, I wouldn't want to play them against such a quality opponent, but we are being forced to."

Before becoming the head coach at Green Forest, Bishop was an assistant coach at Huntsville for three years. This is his first trip back to Huntsville since leaving a year ago. He said it will be a bittersweet moment coaching from the opposing sideline.

"I have known a lot of these kids since they were in junior high," Bishop said. "I made a lot of friends over in Madison County and I had a great three years over there."

On Friday, the Tigers travel to Huntsville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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