Green Forest moving ahead despite low turnout

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

On Thursday morning, 20 players showed up to practice for the Green Forest Tigers’ upcoming season. That was the most players coach Bobby Bishop had seen in the first nine days of practice. Bishop hopes to see more players show up, but he said the ones that are there are getting better.

"The ones that have been here have gotten a ton of reps over the last two weeks," Bishop said. "It's been really good for them."

Bishop added that he has seen a few players trickle in over the last week and he is getting those players up to speed.

"Some of those guys are just a bit behind in their technique and fundamental work they missed out on," Bishop said. "Now they are playing catch-up because they are behind everybody else."

Monday marked the first day teams could have padded practices.

"We haven't gotten too physical because of the numbers, but we like the way we see some of them move," Bishop said. "The lineman drills and technique periods have been good. Both offensively and defensively."

Bishop said he has been impressed with what he has seen from sophomore quarterback Reiley Gordon in fall practice thus far.

"Reiley has the potential to be a really good dual-threat quarterback," Bishop said. "He throws the ball well. He is probably the shiftiest runner we have, so we feel like we could use him as a dual-threat. We are working with him, trying to get him to do some zone-read stuff. That's a lot of pressure to put on a quarterback, but he is one of those kids that plays some kind of ball every day. He is pretty competitive and accepts challenges pretty well. He has an opportunity to be a special quarterback here at Green Forest."

Bishop knows that the lineman will have to play well early in the season because the Tigers are weak in other areas right now.

"We are pretty thin on the back end of our defense," Bishop said. "We don't have many defensive backs, but we did pick up a couple today that will give us a little bit of depth."

Green Forest will have a "Meet the Tigers" night Friday, Aug. 17, at Tiger Stadium. The football team will have a scrimmage starting at 5 p.m. and the field will be named after Bill Gotto at 7 p.m.

At 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, the Tigers will go to Huntsville for a scrimmage. With the number of players Green Forest has on its roster right now, Bishop said it has been tough preparing for an 11-on-11 scrimmage. Bishop added he isn't too concerned about impressing teams during a scrimmage.

"With the number of kids we have, it's tough to give the guys a look in a team setting," Bishop said. "We haven't been able to go 11-on-11, so we break things in half and look at the left side and then look at the right side. But that's still not the same. We have a lot of growth to be done between now and the 21st. Time is getting short, but that time between your intrasquad scrimmage and your first game, that is when you start worrying about other teams. Right now, we are just focused on us and it will stay that way until Aug. 21. On Aug. 22, we will start worrying about the Yellville-Summit Panthers."

Green Forest's first game is against Yellville-Summit and is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Tiger Stadium.

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