Tigers must stop BV run game

Friday, September 16, 2016

It's never easy to win the Carroll County Super Bowl. Nobody knows that better that Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop. It will be even more difficult for the Tigers on Friday, as they will be relying on many inexperienced players to step up and play key roles.

"The kids have been real attentive this week, but we have had to do some shuffling around," Bishop said. "We have been having to get some backups ready to play. We will be relying on some sophomores, but they are excited about playing the Bobcats and I look forward to us coming out and playing well."

After seeing Berryville on film, Bishop knows it's imperative the Tigers play sound defense.

"Their run game looks strong and their quarterback has a pretty good arm," Bishop said. "He can throw the ball well on the move. We feel like their offense can both run and pass so we will have to stay in gap control and read our keys well."

All season, Bishop has stressed the importance of downfield blocking on offense. He believes this could be the key to getting a victory on Friday night.

"We are going to have to be do a better job blocking," Bishop said. "I'm not just talking about the offensive line, I'm talking about backs and receivers as well in order for us to move the football. They have some big kids. I don't think they are as big as Huntsville and I know they aren't as big in terms of numbers as Pea Ridge, but I know they are capable of playing good defense."

There is rain in the forecast for Friday night's game, but it also rained Wednesday afternoon, which caused the Tigers to finish their last hour of practice in the Old Gym, not the ideal place for a football practice to take place.

"Wednesday is full-pads day and we weren't able to get some of that contact in that we wanted to," Bishop said. "We were able to get a walk-through, though."

Bishop played in this game as a Tiger and at one time he was a coach for the Bobcats. Bishop said it's a very emotional game and one he is glad to be a part of.

"The kids know the importance of this game and the passion and the emotion that goes along with winning it," Bishop said. "We talked about what it was like winning it last year. It would be great being 2-0 against them."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Tiger Stadium.

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