GF learns from scrimmage
The Green Forest Tigers participated in a scrimmage on Tuesday evening in Huntsville. Green Forest took on the Eagles and the Marshall Bobcats. Coach Bobby Bishop said he saw his team take a step forward when the night had ended.
"We were able to move the ball a little bit and we played good defense in spurts," Bishop said. "We looked at the film this morning with the kids and saw a lot of misalignments. Just a lot of stuff that is typical early in the preseason. It was really good for us because it was the first time we were able to go full speed playing football."
Marshall defeated Green Forest 6-0 and Huntsville won 8-0 in the 30-minute scrimmage.
"We had the one play against Marshall where we had a couple of busted assignments on the same play and gave up an easy touchdown," Bishop said. "Against Huntsville, we had the fumble on their side of the 50 and they ended up driving down to score. I was pleased with our effort. I thought the kids played hard. I thought we had good contact. We were pretty physical. It's just a matter of getting a little bit better in staying in our blocks a little longer and lining up right on defense."
In the Marshall scrimmage, Franklin Morales lined up for a 42-yard field goal. The kick fell short, but Bishop is confident in Morales’ abilities.
"Franklin Morales is a really good soccer player here at Green Forest," Bishop said. "He had kicked in football as a ninth-grader, but hadn't played the last two years. We got him to come out this year. He has a really strong leg. He made one in practice from 52 yards. We know he is capable of hitting one. He has to work on becoming more consistent. He has been kicking those round balls and this one has tips on it, so it's a little different for him. But he is catching on."
Even after Tuesday's scrimmage, Bishop knows there is still a lot of work to be done before next Friday's home game against Yellville-Summit.
"We will dedicate the rest of this week to just working on ourselves," Bishop said. "We have been going back to the basics and doing drill work all week. Trying to get some of these late-comers a little bit closer to getting comfortable on the field. I talked to the kids Tuesday night after the scrimmage that putting a football team is like putting a jigsaw puzzle together. We have a lot of the puzzle put together, but there are still pieces here and there that we can get better at. I challenged more of our kids to take on more responsibility and become a larger piece of the puzzle."
Kickoff for Yellville-Summit is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Aug. 31.