Bishop making practice physical
To start the season, many predicted the Clinton Yellowjackets would be the best team in Class 3A-1. Four weeks into the season, there is no reason for that prediction to change, as the Yellowjackets are 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 128-23. Green Forest will have a chance to hand the Yellowjackets their first loss of the season Friday night at Tiger Stadium.
"I definitely think they are the team to beat in our conference," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "We will have to play a perfect ballgame and create some turnovers. Beat them in the kicking game. Play good solid offense and defense. They are a good football team. I don't know what they are ranked, but they are bound to be in the top 10 of 3A football. If they aren't they deserve to be there."
In order to get ready for Clinton, the Tigers have had a physical week of practice, doing plenty of 1-on-1 hitting drills.
"I don't think we have been tackling real crisp," Bishop said. "Not staying on our blocks, so we made a point to get a little more physical this week."
In last year’s game, Clinton led Green Forest 35-0 at halftime. Bishop knows it's important to control the time of possession and limit big plays.
"They are so fast that we are going to have to play good, fundamental alignment to begin with," Bishop said. "Get aligned and take care of our responsibilities and we are going to have to flow to the ball. We are going to have to gang tackle, rally to the ball and get multiple people there."
That is something that Bishop has been working with his team on in practice this week.
"We have to get off blocks," Bishop said. "It's OK to get blocked, but don't stay blocked. It's a learning process. We have to get more physical and we have to get better at playing in space so that's what we have been working on this week. Clinton is going to get us out in space with their speed where it is going to be a 1-on-1 tackle and we have to make that tackle. If we don't, they will put up big numbers on us. If we do, we will stay in the ballgame, put it in the fourth quarter with a chance to win."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.