Tigers look to spoil YS homecoming

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Green Forest's Edson Merida attempts a 57-yard field goal in last Friday's game against Clinton.
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The Green Forest Tigers ruined Marshall's homecoming last week and the Tigers look to do the same this Friday when they play at Yellville-Summit.

"It ought to be a pretty good ballgame," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "They are coming off of a good win against Greenland. They looked good on film. They have some pretty good skill kids. They use two quarterbacks. One is more of a thrower, the other is more of a runner."

Through five games, running back Brock Vigna has nearly 500 yards rushing and Malcolm Novak has added 225 yards for the Panthers (1-4, 1-1 3A-1). The two players have combined for six touchdowns.

"Their running backs look impressive," Bishop said. "They are more of a spread offense so they are going to spread out and try to get us in space. I think Yellville is more athletic than they have been in the past and so that ought to create some challenges for us."

Bishop has been stressing the importance of open-field tackling to his team all week.

"We have been doing a lot of 7-on-7 type stuff on defense," Bishop said. "We are going over form tackling and just trying to get better at the basics."

Bishop said the Tigers (2-3, 1-1) have been fighting injuries this week, but the main issue getting through the week has been the rainy weather.

"We didn't get quite as much done as we wanted to, but we have a pretty solid foundation," Bishop said. "We didn't lose any practice time. We were on the field in the rain, working with a wet football. Which we needed to be doing because we haven't had much rain here since football season started. It was good for us to get out there in the rain and the sloppy conditions. Eventually we are going to be playing in something like that, so it's good to have a few practices under your belt in bad weather conditions. Hopefully we can execute a little bit better and go get a win tomorrow night."

Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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