Bishop: Tiger secondary must improve
Pass coverage and open-field tackling have been two major issues for the Green Forest football team this season. In order for the Tigers to win at Greenland Friday night, they will have to be superb in that area. The Pirates have passed for just under 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns.
"We have gotten a lot of reps in working on pass coverage and playing in space," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "I think we have gotten better, but it remains to be seen if we can cover these. We will just see how it goes."
Jonas Mackey leads Greenland with 398 yards receiving and Chandler Alaniz has 286.
"The secondary has been the weak point of our defense all year," Bishop said. "We have worked at it all year, we just haven't had the kids making the plays back there like we are wanting them to. I don't know if you can change that in a week or two's time, but we are definitely working on it."
Defensively, Greenland (4-3, 1-3 3A-1) has allowed more than 30 points on four separate occasions. The Pirates allowed 71 points in a 76-71 win against Gentry. Therefore, Bishop hopes the Tigers will have success running the ball against Greenland's odd front defense.
"It's pretty much the same defense that Mountain View ran on us last week," Bishop said. "We have had a little bit of experience blocking it over the last couple of weeks. Up front, we think it's a matter of knowing who to block. We are going to try to keep the ball on the ground. We have also gotten better in the pass game. The last few games Matt (Owens) has made better decisions and been more efficient. We are going to run the football and throw when we have to and try and convert to get first downs. Move the football like we have the past couple weeks."
While the Tigers (2-5, 1-3) are in desperate need of a win on Friday to get in the playoffs, Bishop isn't even thinking about that.
"If you are going to make playoffs, you got to win this one," Bishop said. "We let one slip away from us last week that would have put us in a much better position, but we aren't worried about getting in the playoffs. We are worried about winning one football game."
Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.