Green Forest in need of a win against the Pirates
With three games left in the regular season, Friday's home game against Greenland isn't a must-win, but it's a crucial game for the Green Forest Tigers if they want to make the playoffs.
"We are a couple of schools fighting to get into the playoff picture and hanging with the top half of the conference," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "It's a lot better to be 3-2 than it is to be 2-3 with two games remaining. It has implications for the playoffs, but I'm trying to get my kids to focus on one game at a time. We need more consistency. If we take care of business everything else will fall into place."
Bishop said Greenland, a team that made it to the second round of the playoffs last year, is down from a year ago, but he warned that the Pirates aren't to be taken lightly.
"They play pretty good football," Bishop said. "They are 2-2 in the league and have lost to the same two teams we have lost to and we have also beaten the same teams. They aren't as big and as explosive as they were last year, but I look for them to be a tough opponent."
After failing to score a point against Mountain View last week, Bishop hopes the Tiger offense can come back to life, much like it did against Yellville-Summit when Green Forest scored 35 points and had 305 all-purpose yards two weeks ago.
"We want to be able to control the football," Bishop said. "We need to grind out some first downs and put some points on the board early much like we did against Yellville."
Bishop hopes the Tigers can be successful running the football against Greenland.
"They look to be smaller compared to some of the kids we have been playing against," Bishop said. "We would like to exploit some weaknesses we have seen on film by keeping it on the ground and having a good mix running it inside, outside and not turning the ball over."
After missing last week's game, Michael Blach and Rhett Powell will be back in the starting lineups.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Green Forest.