GF improving daily
Green Forest football coach Bobby Bishop has been hoping to see an increase in the number of players on his team. At the end of last week, the Tigers were averaging about 20 players a practice and now that school has started, Bishop said he has 29 players on the roster. Bishop said he hoped to add a few more by the end of the week.
"Going into the week, our plan was to just go back to the basics," Bishop said. "Rep the fundamentals the best we could with the new kids that we are gaining. That's what we have been able to do and now we are trying to polish up a little big and get ready for an intrasquad scrimmage Friday night."
With the increased roster size, Bishop said he has seen an improvement in the way Green Forest is practicing.
"Monday was the first day of school and in the afternoon, I feel like it was probably the best practice we have had up until this point," Bishop said. "Tuesday afternoon was pretty good, too, even though we weren't able to do a whole lot because of the weather. I have been real pleased with what we have been able to do since the start of school on Monday."
Bishop said when the Tigers play their intrasquad scrimmage Friday night, he hopes to see his team play with intensity.
"We want to go out and look like a football team," Bishop said. "We want to be able to execute offensively and see what our tackling looks like defensively. We want to execute those fundamentals that we have been practicing the last few weeks."
Early on in practice, Bishop has been encouraged by what he has seen from his junior high team as well.
"We like what we are seeing so far," Bishop said. "I think they are much further ahead of where they were this time last year. I would say the same about the senior high group as well, but in the senior high we don't have the depth. In junior high, we do have the depth. I think there is about 30-35 kids in junior high and close to 20 of them are ninth-graders, so we feel pretty good about that.
Starting at 5 p.m. Friday, the Tigers will have their "meet the Tigers" night. At 7 p.m., they will honor coach Bill Gotto by naming the field after him. Family, friends and former players are encouraged to attend. If it rains, the presentation for coach Gotto will be in the cafeteria.