Early mistakes hurt Tigers in loss
Two early fumbles set the tone for the Green Forest Tigers in a 38-7 loss Friday night at Elkins.
"We actually had some opportunities early," Green Forest coach Bobby Bishop said. "We moved the ball on that opening drive to about the 20-yard line and fumbled it away. They went right down and scored. We got good field position, drove it down and fumbled it away again. That triggered the onslaught. They scored just about every time they touched the ball in the first half. It was 38-0 at the half."
Jose Hernandez scored for Green Forest midway through the fourth quarter and Edson Merida's extra point made it 38-7.
"What was disheartening was that we were able to move the ball on their first team," Bishop said. "I think we had lost one fumble all year going into that game and to have fumbles on our first two possessions was pretty disheartening. If we capitalize on those two drives and score early, it might have gave our kids a little bit of momentum, but we just couldn't stop them on defense."
Heading into the offseason, Bishop said the Tigers must do some self-reflecting.
"We are getting ready to step up into Class 4A," Bishop said. "We have a lot of evaluating to do. I do as a football coach and the athletic director. I think our kids have to understand that they have to get bigger, stronger and more physical in the offseason in order to be competitive in Class 4A. We have been struggling in Class 3A. Week in and week out, we are outmanned physically and athletically. We will try to give them a couple of weeks off and allow them to get away from football for a couple weeks and get back after it after Thanksgiving."
Matt Owens completed two of eight passes for 69 yards, while Hernandez had 57 yards rushing and Jordan Zepeda had 50. Green Forest finished the year 2-8.