Tigers learn from Clinton loss
It's always tough to take positives away from a 35-7 loss, but the Green Forest Tigers learned a lot from Friday night's home loss to the Clinton Yellowjackets.
"It was just like we had heard and seen on film," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "Clinton has a good football team. We kind of played with them for a half and managed to score on their first group. I felt like we got a lot better in some areas and regressed in some other areas. Overall, it's disappointing to lose, but they have a really good football team and we won't have to face anybody else on our schedule quite as good as that bunch."
Trailing 22-0 midway through the second quarter, the Tigers put together a nine-play, 54-yard drive that resulted in a 15-yard touchdown pass from Matt Owens to Dakota Grigg. Owens completed a 16-yard pass to Will Chaney on third and 12 and a 12-yard pass to Jose Hernandez on second and 10.
"I think we completed three or four passes on that drive that led to some key first downs," Bishop said. "It was one of those drives where we didn't shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties or something sloppy. It was encouraging, but it's something you want to see all the time."
Clinton scored its first touchdown two minutes into the game on a 58-yard touchdown run by Sky Davidson. The two-point conversion gave Clinton an 8-0 lead. Charleston Sowell scored on a 56-yard touchdown run to give the Yellowjackets a 15-0 lead. A 70-yard pass to Bryce Brawner helped give Clinton a 22-0 lead. The Yellowjackets also scored on an interception return for a touchdown.
"We were a little disappointed with our tackling," Bishop said. "We struggled to make the one-on-one tackle out in space. We took some positives away from the game and it gave us a chance to get some reps against a quality squad that we can't simulate in practice. There was some good that came out of it even though we lost 35-7."
Owens completed 10 of 17 passes for 141 yards. Bishop was pleased with his progression on Friday.
"He got the ball out of his hands," Bishop said. "We have been encouraging him to get the ball out of his hands by a thousand one, a thousand two. I think he was conscious of that. He made some good throws. He led his receivers to touchdown passes, which is what he had been coached to do."
Bishop said as the Tigers (2-3, 1-1 3A-1) hit the midpoint of the regular season, they need to continue working on the fundamentals.
"We need to tackle a little bit better," Bishop said. "We are doing too much arm-tackling. We aren't hitting solid and using our shoulders like we want to. On the offensive side of the ball, we are still trying to stand up and block too high. Not keep our feet grinding. Little stuff like that is what we are going to be drilling."
Hayden Bailey had one reception for 43 yards and Grigg had three receptions for 38 yards. Creel Roberts had 13 tackles, while Bristol Bishop and Caleb Marroquin had nine. Anthany Castillo and Grigg each recovered a fumble.
On Friday, Yellville-Summit (1-4, 1-1) hosts Green Forest. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.