Tigers have momentum entering 2018
The final game of the season for the Green Forest junior high football team resulted in a 22-15 loss on Thursday at Clinton, but coach Ryan Whetham is proud of the effort his team showed.
"Last year, the beat us pretty handily," Whetham said. "We took that opening drive and went and used six and a half minutes to score. They got the ball with 1:24 left in the first quarter. Our defense played well enough, they just had a couple of drives in the second quarter that hurt us."
Bryan Soto scored in the first quarter to give the Tigers a 7-0 lead, but the Yellowjackets answered with two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 15-7 lead into halftime.
"The kids played really well, just the second quarter got to us," Whetham said. "They scored on two drives to go up on us. If we hold them to one touchdown there, I think we might actually end up beating them."
After a scoreless third quarter, Clinton extended its lead to 22-7. Reiley Gordon ran for a 60-yard touchdown to trim the lead to 22-13 and the two-point conversion made it 22-15 early in the fourth quarter. The Yellowjackets were able to hang onto the ball and secure the win, though.
Whetham was proud of the season Green Forest had and said the Tigers got better as the year went on.
"Each week we got a little bit more physical," Whetham said. "The last two weeks, I thought we were real physical and that is very encouraging going into the offseason. Maybe these kids will get stronger and a little bit faster. These ninth-graders are going to have to help us as sophomores next year, so it was encouraging we went out getting more physical as time went on."