Physicality is key for Tigers

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Green Forest's Creel Roberts tackles a Huntsville player in week one of the regular season.
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The Carroll County Super Bowl is always a physical football game. Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop expects nothing less when the Tigers travel to Berryville on Friday night. Bishop knows Green Forest will have to play much more aggressively than it did last Friday night against Pierce City, Mo., if the Tigers want any chance to beat the Bobcats.

"We have just been trying to educate this week and drill aggressiveness," Bishop said. "I felt like we were too passive last week. We are working on passing game, inside run. Just trying to hone up on our defensive assignments. Last week has come and gone, so you just try to get better against whoever is next."

Bishop hopes Friday's loss against Pierce City will prepare the Tigers for Berryville.

"We have got to play a lot harder than we did last week," Bishop said. "I don't feel like we played nearly as well as we did against Huntsville. Pierce City was a good football club. Very aggressive and a lot of speed, which showed our lack of speed. We just have to do a better job of not making mistakes. Do our job making plays when itís time for us to make plays. We have to be better tacklers, and blockers. We have to run harder and take care of the football better. If you can do all of those things, you get better."

As a former coach of the Bobcats, Bishop knows Berryville will come ready to play.

"They have got some pretty good backs," Bishop said. "They have got a quarterback that runs the option well. I look for them to get in the Wing-T and run some buck sweeps and some option. Occasionally throw a pass to keep us off balance. On defense, they are aggressive in areas, but I also see some areas that hopefully we can exploit."

Regardless of Friday's outcome Friday night, Bishop hopes to see the Tigers play with more energy Friday night.

"I want to see us play with more passion and emotion," Bishop said. "I want to see us play with a sense of urgency. This is always an exciting time of year when this game rolls around, so hopefully we will."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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