GF unable to stop Elkins

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Green Forest junior high offense continued to sputter on Thursday, as the Tigers lost 36-6 at Elkins.

"They scored quick and often and we couldn't do anything about it," Green Forest coach Ryan Whetham said. "They passed the ball real well. We stopped their run game, but they picked us apart in the secondary."

Green Forest received the ball to start the game, but was forced to punt. Reiley Gordon's punt pinned the Elks inside their own 10-yard line, but they scored an 85-yard touchdown. After recovering the onside kick, the Elks scored three plays later to go up 14-0.

"I will say that our kids played with more heart and effort last night," Whetham said. "That's what I preached all week. Win or lose, just show effort and don't lay down."

Whetham isn't sure how to improve Green Forest's offensive efficiency.

"We only punted two times, but we had to go for it on fourth down and we wouldn't get it," Whetham said. "We are just going back to the basics against Greenland and we will see what we can do. We are just going to keep plugging away."

Whetham said he was pleased with the way his running backs played.

"They ran the ball really hard," Whetham said. "Barrett Phillips, Lilo Castillo, Bryan Soto and even Reiley Gordon had some good runs, our offensive line just has to get better. And they are, some other teams are just better than us right now."

Phillips scored the touchdown for Green Forest. On Thursday, Green Forest travels to Greenland. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

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