Defense a concern for Junior Tigers
Defensively, the Green Forest junior high team has played great over the last two weeks. Offensively, they have only managed to score seven points and that cost the Tigers for a second week in a row on Thursday, as they lost at home to the Mountain Home Bombers, 20-7.
"Even though we are giving up some points I think our defense is playing pretty good," Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. "I just never would have thought our offense would go two games in a row and only score seven points. We have too many weapons over there. I don't know if it's play calling by me or the execution. The effort was there, but Mountain Home is Mountain Home. They have more to choose from than we do. They have just as many ninth graders as we do junior high kids. When you have all those ninth-graders going against eighth-graders it's going to wear you down eventually."
Offensively, the Bombers ran the option and Whetham was pleased with how well his team defended it throughout the night.
"We knew they were going to run the option pretty much every play and for the most part they did," Whetham said. "They had one big play on us, but overall the defense played well."
Barrett Phillips scored a touchdown for Green Forest.
On Thursday, Green Forest travels to Elkins.
"It will be a tough test," Whetham said. "It won't be easy going over there to play. They are well-coached and they have some good athletes."
Kickoff with the Elks is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.