GF unable to stop Mountain View back

Friday, October 20, 2017
Green Forest's Anthony Castillo returns a kick in Friday night's game against Mountain View.
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The Mountain View game plan was simple. Give the ball to Derek Burns and see if Green Forest could stop him. Burns had 197 yards on 30 carries in a 28-20 Mountain View victory on Friday.

"We probably played our best all-around game this season, but it's pretty disappointing when you play that well and you are unable to get a win," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "We just had a hard time tackling their good running back. I don't know how many carries he had, but it seems like it had to have been close to 40. It seems like every play he touched the ball was for positive yardage. It's disappointing in that respect. but we are also proud of our kids for committing to getting better and working hard last week."

Green Forest led 14-6 at halftime and was set to receive the second-half kickoff, but the Yellowjackets recovered an onside kick at their own 42-yard line. Burns had seven carries on the drive for 54 yards including an 8-yard touchdown. A quarterback run by Gunner Willis tied the game at 14-14 with 7:53 remaining in the third quarter.

"That play to start the second half was huge," Bishop said. "It was one of those deals where our kid made the right play to attack the football, he just mishandled it. They got the ball and proceeded to give the ball to (Burns) and we weren't able to stop them. It wasn't one play, but it was a huge turning point. I felt like we had momentum heading into halftime and if we take that possession and run a little clock, then I feel like we have a chance to win the ballgame. It just didn't work out for us."

The Tigers were forced to punt on their next possession and the game was tied heading into the fourth quarter. Mountain View drove the length of the field and Burns scored from 4 yards out with 9:16 remaining in the fourth quarter. The two-point conversion gave Mountain View a 22-14 lead.

A 20-yard kick return by Anthony Castillo enabled the Tigers to start at their own 43. Green Forest went on a 10-play, 57 yard drive that ended with a 2-yard touchdown run by Jose Hernandez. After failing on its two-point conversion, Green Forest trailed 22-20 with 4:45 remaining in the game.

"All of our running backs ran the ball hard," Bishop said. "They made some misreads and bad cuts, but I thought Jose had an outstanding ballgame. He runs so low to the ground that it's hard for defenders to find him. He was close to 100 yards again. Jordan (Zepeda) and Will (Chaney) also had good runs."

Green Forest needed a stop, but the Yellowjackets went on a nine-play drive that ended with another touchdown by Burns with 53 seconds remaining. Green Forest's Matt Owens threw an interception to seal the victory for Mountain View.

"We are going to go down to Harrison tonight and play a little JV ball," Bishop said. "We will start working on defending the spread. That is what we are going to see the next three weeks. We are just going to keep playing, stay positive with our kids the best we can and see what we can do to finish up the season."

Mountain View scored a touchdown midway through the first quarter to give the Yellowjackets a 6-0 lead, but a 25-yard touchdown run by Hernandez combined with an Edson Merida extra point gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead going into the second quarter. A 10-yard touchdown pass from Owens to Zepeda helped give the Tigers a 14-6 lead going into halftime.

Braden Smith and Creel Roberts each had 13 tackles, while Hernandez had eight and Carter Boggs and Genaro Ochoa each had seven.

On Friday, Green Forest travels to Greenland. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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