GF puts rocky start behind as conference play begins

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Green Forest Tigers are 0-3 this season, but Friday's conference opener at home against Marshall represents a chance for the Tigers to start fresh. Nobody knows this better than coach Bobby Bishop.

"Now is when our season starts," Bishop said. "The preseason games, the cards were kind of stacked against us. We did it to try to get better. We survived it. Of course we would have liked to win one or two of those games, but we just weren't good enough to do it. Now it's back to square one. There is a lot of football to be played. We have seven tough games and we need to scratch out a win."

To get that first win, Bishop has been going back to the basics this week during practice.

"We didn't like the way we were rallying to the football defensively so we worked on some preseason type drills," Bishop said. "When the ball is out in space we have to have three guys converging on it and we haven't had that. You just look at what your weaknesses are from week to week and try to improve. We have watched a lot of film this week and a lot of that film has been of us."

Marshall went 2-8 last year and is 1-2 right now. Bishop said the Bobcats are a much improved team from a year ago.

"They have good speed and good athletes," Bishop said. "They have good skill kids. Their quarterback is dual-threat. He can run it and throw it. I really like their team from what I have seen on film."

Bishop expects Marshall quarterback Andrew Phillips to be a nuisance to the Tiger defense. The Green Forest scout team offense has been working hard to replicate his strengths.

"We have tried simulating their base plays, their formations, their favorite plays," Bishop said. "Of course when your scout team is running someone else's offense, it's usually at a much slower speed than what you are going to play against. The biggest adjustment we are going to have to make is we are going to have to play a lot faster than what we have been simulating in practice."

Defensively, Bishop expects Marshall to come out in a 4-3 look and run similar stunts to those used by the Tigers. He hopes this will be beneficial to the offense.

"They aren't very large, but they will be quick," Bishop said. "They are aggressive. They will take some chances so we will have to do a better job of picking up linebackers on blitzes. We have to be better than we have been the last few weeks on the interior of our line with that as well as backfield pickups. We have a lot of work to do. You just try to get better from week to week."

Green Forest hosts Marshall Friday night. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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