Bishop: Tigers must get physical

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Green Forest's Jose Hernandez attempts to tackle a Pierce City, Mo., running back in Friday evening's game.
Tavi Ellis / Carroll County News

The third quarter made all the difference in Friday night's game at Tiger Stadium between the Pierce City Eagles and the Green Forest Tigers.

Trailing 13-0 at halftime, the Tigers hoped to get something going, but instead gave up 22 points and trailed 35-0 going into the fourth quarter before losing by a final score of 35-7.

"I thought Pierce City played really well," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "They are a good football team. They have a lot of speed. They were very aggressive and I didn't think we were a very good football team Friday night. We weren't very aggressive. We were passive and just didn't get after it like I wanted to see us do. It was one of those games where we didn't deserve to win."

Jordan Zepeda scored a touchdown in the fourth quarter for Green Forest. Zepeda finished with 47 yards rushing.

Bishop said that Green Forest's mentality will have to change quickly if the Tigers hope to compete with Berryville on Friday night.

"We are going to have to make up our minds that football is a physical game," Bishop said. "It's meant to be a game of controlled violence and right now we aren't very violent. We are going to have to get a whole lot better in the toughness department in a short amount of time."

Matt Owens completed two of six passes for 34 yards and Hayden Alvard completed two of five passes for 25 yards. Jose Hernandez had 20 yards rushing. Dakota Grigg had two receptions for 43 yards and Anthony Castillo had one reception for 18 yards.

Will Chaney had an interception and Alex Herrera recovered a fumble. Creel Roberts had 15 tackles and Hernandez had 10. On Friday, Green Forest travels to Berryville. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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