GF playing spoiler Friday night

Friday, November 4, 2016

Last week's loss at Melbourne ended any hopes Green Forest had of making the playoffs. But the Tigers can still have an impact on who wins the 3A-1 championship by beating Elkins on Friday night.

"This is the last football game that 10 of our seniors will play," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "It has to be a self-motivation thing. You are putting the red and white of the Green Forest Tigers on for the last time. For those guys, they are motivated because it's their last ballgame. For the younger guys, we talked about them trying to improve and make an impression on their coaches because they are playing for spots on the depth chart in the future."

Bishop said it would be great to be able to send the 10 seniors out with a win in their last game.

"There are a number of those kids that have been in the program since seventh grade and have stuck it out and have stayed with it," Bishop said. "They will always mean something, as all of our kids will, but you feel a special bond for those kids that have played six years and sacrificed a lot of their time, spent a lot of time in that weight room and working on their skills over the years. That's what it's all about. You look at those kids and wish them the best."

Even with other sports starting and no hopes of making the playoffs, Bishop said this week's practices have gone well.

"We have had 28 kids stick together and see this through," Bishop said. "I am proud of those guys. We worked a lot on man-to-man coverage. We are going to try to play a little man with a free safety and slow down that passing game a little bit."

Elkins (7-2, 5-1 3A-1) will spread Green Forest out offensively. They have passed for nearly 2,000 yards this season. Bishop said it is difficult to simulate their offense in practice, but he said the coaching staff is doing all it can to prepare Green Forest (2-7, 2-4) for Friday night.

"They will try to get you into space and isolate their better athletes against your weaker athletes," Bishop said. "They make you tackle them in space. We have repped that a lot in practice, but of course we can't simulate their speed and their size up front blocking in pass protection. It's hard to give your kids a true look at what you are going to see until you get to the live speed of the game."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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