Tigers hold on to beat Marshall
Friday's 17-0 lead against the Marshall Bobcats quickly vanished for the Green Forest Tigers, but they were able to hang on for a 24-16 road victory.
"It was 10-0 at halftime and then we added a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to make it 17-0, but thanks to a couple of big plays, it was quickly 17-16 and we were in a dogfight," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "We just felt fortunate to get out of there with a win."
With Green Forest leading minutes into the fourth quarter, a Marshall receiver got behind the Tiger secondary and was able to score a touchdown. The two-point conversion made it 17-8. After forcing a Green Forest punt, the Bobcats scored again to make it 17-16. On the next Green Forest possession, the Tigers were able to run some clock, but they were unable to score. That is when Will Chaney made some great defensive plays.
"Will Chaney stepped in front of an out route and returned it for a touchdown," Bishop said. "We kicked the extra point so that made it 24-16 and they drove down inside the 20 and Will Chaney picked another one and that kind of sealed it for us."
Anthony Castillo and Kameron Klutts also had interceptions. Bishop said he was proud of the Tigers for hanging on to get the win.
"Just like at Berryville, we had some things that went wrong, but our kids didn't fold," Bishop said. "They kept playing and we were able to make a few more plays than Marshall was. That says a lot about the kids that we are developing here."
Edson Merida made a 30-yard field goal in the second half and Jordan Zepeda scored two touchdowns and finished with 137 yards rushing.
"Jordan had a great night running the football," Bishop said. "He was kind of our workhorse for us. We had a lot of success there in the first half. He is just a junior and we think we can develop him into something special. I'm pretty proud of him."
Jose Hernandez finished with 71 yards and Castillo had a 33-yard reception. Bristol Bishop had 15 tackles, while Caleb Marroquin had 13 and Carter Boggs had 11.
The Tigers host Clinton on Friday night and Bishop knows this will be a test for his team.
"They are loaded," Bishop said. "On film, they look better this year than they did last year. We got our work cut out for us."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.